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The World is Discovering Exercise is Medicine.

A 9-Credit 100% Online Graduate Certificate in Exercise Prescription

Are you interested in transitioning into the field of Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Personal Training, Exercise Physiology, or Health and Fitness? Looking to enhance your current job credentials or earn an advanced degree? Here's your next step.

Great news! You're in the right place at the right time. Exercise physiology and related fields are exploding, especially given America's unwavering interest in sports, along with the continued growth in the numbers of older adults and people who are overweight or obese. The world is discovering exercise is medicine!

exercise prescription online graduate certificateTo help meet demand for continuing education in the exercise science field, the University of Connecticut (UConn) now offers a new online graduate certificate program in Exercise Prescription. This 9-credit, 3 course online graduate certificate can help you advance your knowledge base in this dynamic field, preparing you to take your career to the next level and capitalize on the growing exercise science, personal training, fitness and Kinesiology industries.

At the completion of this online certificate program, students will:

  • Explain the nuances of administering exercise stress tests in healthy and unhealthy populations.
  • Evaluate a person’s overall health prior to beginning of an exercise program and throughout program maintenance.
  • Incorporate aerobic, resistance, concurrent, neuro-motor, and flexibility exercise appropriately into exercise plans.
  • Explain the underlying processes involved with chronic diseases or special health conditions.
  • Use the F.I.T.T. (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type) principle of exercise prescription to prevent, treat, and manage chronic disease or special health conditions.
  • Develop individualized exercise prescriptions to increase and promote physical activity, fitness, strength, endurance, and flexibility to optimize health and meet athletic performance goals.
  • Recognize common medication classes likely to be encountered by health/fitness professionals, and how they may influence the exercise responses.
  • Perform a scientific systematic review on exercise testing and prescription considerations for a population with chronic diseases and health conditions, following the seven best practice steps.
  • Deliver an educational presentation on a special topic in exercise prescription following instructional design principles and effective presentation best practices.
  • Reflect on the challenges of maintaining a regular exercise program.

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2023 semester. The deadline to apply is March 25, 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply now to avoid last minute processing delays!

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Meet the Researcher: Linda Pescatello, CAHNR
Pescatello’s career as a kinesiology researcher grew out of an enduring desire to learn coupled with her lifelong passion for physical activity and biology

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I am very happy to inform you that I passed ACSM-CEP.  I highly recommend your program for anyone seeking to obtain ACSM CEP certification; it's a wonderful resource for exercise professionals. Thank you very much.

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Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Spring 2020

"I chose UConn’s program because I wanted something much more in-depth than simply studying for and taking an exam. It turned out to be a wonderful opportunity...” 

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Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Spring 2018

“I believe that my credentials from UConn, and especially the Exercise Prescription certificate, will help me more easily establish trust with clients as I move forward with my health club plans.”

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Exercise Presription Graduate,
Spring 2018

“I highly recommend the program to anyone looking to earn solid credentials in Exercise Prescription. UConn is very well known in the field. Having a graduate level certificate from UConn is no joke if you are trying to demonstrate your credentials to a prospective employer.”

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Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Spring 2018

“I was amazed; the UConn online program was incredibly interactive. As part of our assignments, we were required to pose questions to which the other students would respond. There was a lot of back and forth, which I loved.”