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St. Scholastica’s Exercise Physiology program is housed in the state-of-the-art Burns Wellness Commons. Develop your skills in a vibrant, busy academic and fitness center featuring 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. Small class sizes will allow you to build relationships with your instructors and classmates.

Experiential Learning

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 start work right away in a variety of areas, including fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness and other fields.

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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


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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.

DPT Admission Pathway

St. Scholastica offers an early assurance pathway to our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. High school and transfer students with a strong academic record are eligible to apply for the criterion-based, early admission program when they apply to St. Scholastica for the Exercise Physiology (BS) or Pre-Physical Therapy programs. A maximum of 20 applicants are accepted into the early assurance pathway each year. This guarantees that students who successfully apply and maintain their eligibility will be accepted into the DPT program.

Eligibility and Admission Process


High School Students

Students applying directly from high school must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate students transferring from another college or university must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.3 or higher and require at least 60 additional credits taken at St. Scholastica to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Admission Process

  • Apply for admission to The College of St. Scholastica and declare your intent to pursue either Exercise Physiology (BS) or Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Declare intent to pursue the Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate program on the admission application
  • Prepare a statement to respond to the following prompt: Grounded in a values-based, inclusive and student-centered culture, we develop physical therapists who are prepared for meaningful work as clinicians, scholars and leaders. Please share with the committee your career goals after college graduation and how you believe a St. Scholastica education will impact your work and what outcomes you hope to accomplish through your professional work.
  • Applications for the early assurance pathway will close on April 1. Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions and eligible applicants will be offered a place in the early assurance pathway until the 20 slots are filled. Please submit your prepared statement to by the deadline.
  • Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed if open slots are available
  • Students who meet the criteria but apply after the 20 slots are full will be placed on a waitlist and can be entered into the pathway if one of the 20 students opts out or fails to meet the requirements noted below
  • Students who are not admitted into this pathway remain eligible to apply to the St. Scholastica Doctor of Physical Therapy program through the standard application process

Maintaining Eligibility

Students admitted into the DPT early assurance pathway must meet the following criteria to remain eligible for entry into the DPT graduate program:

  • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA while a student at St. Scholastica and complete their undergraduate degree
  • Complete all DPT program prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better
  • Meet St. Scholastica student behavior expectations as outlined in the Student Handbook, Code of Conduct and Policy Library

Prior to entry into the DPT program, students on this pathway must also:

  • Participate in planned DPT program integration experiences
  • Apply to the DPT program through the Physical Therapy Central Application System (PTCAS). Applications must be submitted by the posted due date.
  • Pass a federal and state background check
  • Submit a final academic transcript

Students on this pathway are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of 40 hours observing, volunteering or working in a physical therapy setting. Ideally, students should experience two unique physical therapy practice settings (inpatient, outpatient, etc.).

Meet Our Faculty

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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.