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Clinical Exercise at Aquinas College

Clinical Exercise Science

Major requirements Sixty-Two (62) semester hours

Required Courses:

  • BY155
  • BY156
  • KN145
  • KN158
  • KN200
  • KN250
  • KN251
  • KN256
  • KN257
  • KN280
  • KN302
  • KN350
  • KN364
  • KN367
  • KN404
  • KN405
  • KN458
  • KN459
  • KN397
  • MS151
  • PG100

Recommended for students pursuing Athletic Training or Physical Therapy (students should contact the graduate school to determine the exact prerequisite courses):

  • BY171
  • CY111
  • CY112
  • KN157
  • KN370
  • PC201
  • PC202
  • PG380
  • SY103

Upon completion of the program students will:

  1. Understand the basic concepts associated with the field of exercise science.
  2. Demonstrate the ability of plan and execute basic physical fitness programming for various populations.
  3. Exhibit competency in the skills and knowledge required for an entry level position in the exercise science field .
  4. Successful complete the requirements for advanced study in the area of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. Outcome assessment for the Exercise Science: Feedback from course surveys, exit interviews, alumni surveys, graduate school acceptance rates and rate of employment in the field for recent graduates.


  • BY155 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) NL

    An introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology for nursing and athletic training students. Not applicable toward the biology major or minor. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Offered every fall.

  • BY156 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3)

    A continuation of BY155 the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology for nursing and athletic training students. Not applicable toward the biology major or minor. Three (3) hours lecture/two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BY155. Offered every spring. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Biological Science requirement.

  • KN145 Medical Terminology (2)

    The medical terminology course is a two credit hour course designed for students who need a medical terminology course to fulfill an admissions requirement to a health professions program. This course will also fulfill any other student who needs an in depth course in the “language of medicine.”

  • KN158 Health Education—First Aid (3)

    Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course

  • KN200 Surface Anatomy (2)

    his course is designed to introduce prospective allied health professionals to the bones and landmarks, joints and movements, and the muscles of the human body. Prerequisite: None

  • KN250 Physiology of Exercise (4)

    Study of the physiological responses to exercise and sport. Emphasis on energy expenditure, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and their adaptation to training. Lab required. Offered fall semester for Athletic Training majors and spring semester for Exercise Science majors. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY171 or KN200 or permission of instructor

  • KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance (3)

    An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on the role that nutrition plays in the physiological response to exercise in sport. This includes the composition of pre, during and post physical activity meals, the role that nutrients play in performance, disordered eating, and food as an ergogenic aid. Prerequisites: None

  • KN256 Anatomical Kinesiology/Biomechanical Kinesiology (4)

    Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY171 or KN200.

  • KN257 Therapeutic Exercise (2)

    This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic exercise plays in the successful return of athletes to sports. Offered fall semester for Exercise Science majors and spring semester for Athletic Training majors. Prerequisite: KN350

  • KN280 Weight Training/Activity (1) KN

  • KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/Physical Education (3)

    Organized principles involved in theories of conditioning, prevention of injuries and procedures for handling emergency situations. Includes basic taping, injury recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN200 or equivalent for Athletic Training majors, BY 150 or equivalent for non-AT majors. Additional fees may be required.

  • KN364 Motor Learning and Motor Development (3)

    Designed to provide prospective physical educators, exercise science majors, with the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, and motor learning needed to be successful in their professions. Emphasis is placed on the stages of development from birth through early adulthood. Emphasis is also placed on the theories of motor learning and how they relate to skill acquisition and refinement.

  • KN367 Administration and Psychosocial Aspects for the Allied Health Care Professionals

    Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures,facility planning/logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration of an allied health care facility. This course will also look at ethics, diversity and cultural competence related to health care as well as the psychosocial aspects related to rehabilitation of injury. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN350.

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2) KN

    This course will expand on the basic and applied principles of exercise prescription. Emphasis will be placed on cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and neuromuscular training in both the general populations and special populations. The course will consist of lectures, readings, group discussions and activities. Prerequisite: KN250

  • KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (2)

    This course is a continuation of KN404: Conditioning I and will build on the knowledge gained from that course and apply that to actual client programming. Each section will start with a review of the principles and emphasize the application of those principles to specific client exercise programs. The course will consist of readings, group discussions and activities. Prerequisite: KN404

  • KN458 Evaluation I (2)

    Lower extremity assessment for muscle and joint athletic injuries with clinical decision-making. Prerequisites: KN 350

  • KN459 Evaluation II (3)

    Upper extremity assessment for muscle and joint athletic injuries with clinical decision-making. Prerequisites: KN 458

  • KN397 Internship (Variable)

    Prerequisites for Exercise Science: KN158, KN159, KN 250, KN295 Junior or senior status. Prerequisites for Sport Management: BS201, BS202, KN158, KN159. Junior or senior status.

  • MS151 Elementary Statistics (3) QR

    Designed primarily for students who have had no more than two years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Includes the fundamental concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: MS107. This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • PG100 Introductory Psychology (3) SS1/SS2

    Psychology as the science of human behavior and experiences; related areas of human functioning; focus on human research; theory and research methods, biological basis of behavior, human development, cognition, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality and abnormal behavior.