The certificate will provide the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct exercise testing and prescription in clinical and non-clinical settings. The certificate will be offered as a stand-alone to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in exercise science or related fields (nutrition, biomedical science, biology, community health, and health education). Or may be used as part of the Graduate School’s Master’s Degree of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS).

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) for undergraduate degrees, or they must be current UAB undergraduate students in good standing with 60+ credit hours completed (36 of these credit hours must have been taken at UAB) and an overall GPA of 3.0.

Applicants do not need to have earned a degree in kinesiology or be currently pursuing a degree in kinesiology.

Applicants must submit a certificate-seeking application for admission to the UAB Graduate School. Upon admittance, certificate-seekers must schedule an advising appointment with the Program Director or designated faculty advisor.

Coursework and Degree Requirements

Students take 3 required courses and choose one from among two electives for this 15-hour certificate-granting program. Some courses may be offered online. Please note that all students enrolled in the certificate program must apply to receive their certificates and must be registered for courses when they submit the completed UAB Application for Graduate Degree or Certificate Form to the Graduate School. The Graduate School does not award certificates or degrees retroactively.

Graduate Studies and Career Opportunitiess

The Clinical Exercise Physiology certificate will help professionals interested in developing fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities in exercise physiology and exercise testing/prescription. The certificate can also be merged with other certificates within Humans Studies (CHHS Health Education or Health Coaching) or with other certificates as part of the graduate schools Masters in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS).