Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate

A 12-Credit 100% Online Graduate Certificate in Exercise Science

Welcome to the University of Connecticut's 12-credit Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate. This certificate program is an excellent option for healthcare and exercise professionals seeking a stepping stone or career change. Grow your knowledge and skills in exercise prescription and improve your patients' health outcomes.

Learn to Develop Effective Exercise Regimens: Healthcare & Exercise Professionals Enhance Patient Outcomes

UConn's Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate program is designed to equip bachelor-degree-holding healthcare and exercise professionals with the knowledge and skills to develop effective exercise regimens for their patients and clients. This program is fully online and can be completed on a part-time basis, allowing students to balance their coursework with their professional and personal responsibilities. The curriculum covers topics such as exercise physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and the principles of exercise prescription. Graduates of this program will be able to design and implement personalized exercise programs for patients with various health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, as well as healthy adults.

Most students complete their Exercise Prescription certificate within 1 year of starting.

Note: All credits earned in the Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate may be transferable to UConn’s Masters of Science in Exercise Prescription. 

Exercise Prescription Certificate Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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.

Note: All credits earned in the Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate may be transferable to UConn’s Masters of Science in Exercise Prescription. 

We are currently accepting students for the summer and fall terms.

Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate Courses

  • KINS 5507 Fundamentals of Exercise Prescription (3-credit)
  • KINS 5508 Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Health Conditions (3-credit)
  • KINS 5594 Fundamentals of Conducting Systematic Reviews (3-credit)
  • KINS 5595 Special Topics in Exercise Prescription (3-credit)

For course descriptions, please visit our Courses Page

Application Deadlines


Summer Deadline: March 29

Fall Deadline: July 22

What They Are Saying

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.

AL ANUTH (she/her), Spring 2022
Clinical Exercise Physiologist-ACSM

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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 Prescription 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.”

UConn Online Exercise Prescription Graduate Certificate


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.” 

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