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St. Scholastica’s exercise physiology program is housed in the state-of-the-art Burns Wellness Commons, a vibrant, busy academic and fitness center featuring all of the latest exercise machines, indoor running tracks and a rock wall.

You’ll learn from our outstanding faculty members, who bring their real-world experience and passion to the classroom. Your small class sizes will give you a chance to build relationships with your instructors and classmates.

In addition to classroom instruction and laboratory experiences, students will have opportunities to work with real clients in various settings like athletes, firefighters and police personnel, and assisted living residents prior to their internships. You’ll emerge from the exercise physiology program well prepared to attend graduate school or to start work right away in a variety of areas, including fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness and more.

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The program prepared me for both clinical and performance-based employment.

Cody Carlson

Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Degree Details


Are You Looking for a Face-to-Face (on-campus) Experience?

St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.


  • The program allows students to complete an internship, which puts their interests and objectives first
  • The internship is designed for maximum flexibility in terms of career options, location preferences and term of completion
  • Internship options range from cardiac rehabilitation to corporate wellness, to athletic performance
  • Internship sites include the Duluth-Superior and Twin Cities areas. Out of state internship opportunities are also available — previous sites include Colorado, California, South Carolina and Washington
  • 100% internship completion rate in the most recent accreditation report for 2022-2023

Career Outlook

The BS in Exercise Physiology provides an excellent preparation for entry level positions across the broad field it encompasses, including cardiac rehabilitation, adult fitness, corporate wellness and athletic performance. Students are also well prepared to pursue graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training and exercise physiology.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe and Spanish.


The BS in Exercise Physiology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and meets the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Exercise Sciences. Included in this CAAHEP accreditation is a “Strength and Conditioning add-on” which requires additional curricular content in strength and conditioning.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.