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Exercise Physiology

Interdisciplinary Education

The Nutrition and Exercise Physiology program focuses on the effects of nutrition and physical activity on human health. The interdisciplinary program combines study in exercise science, human nutrition, biological sciences and social and psychological sciences with hands-on clinical experience.

In the BS NEP program, students spend their first two years of study completing general education and science prerequisites, either on the main campus in Pullman or through equivalent course work at other institutions, including local community colleges. The junior- and senior-year courses are taught at the Health Sciences Campus in Spokane, where the University’s close relationship with major medical centers provides unique opportunities for clinical experiences.

After completing the BS NEP degree, students are eligible to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exam to become an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. The BS NEP program also prepares students for graduate studies in clinical nutrition through the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology (MS CPD). The MS CPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), providing students with the required dietetics coursework and more than 1,200 hours of supervised practice to be eligible for the national examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

The broad learning objectives for the NEP programs:

  • Integrate foundational information to allow students to obtain professions/professional certifications in nutrition and exercise physiology.
  • Critically analyze and apply scientific data and clinical information to devise innovative and ethical, evidence-based practices in nutrition and exercise physiology.
  • Demonstrate effective culturally competent communication skills orally and in writing for specific audiences.
  • Exhibit an awareness of professional standards and strive to exceed them.

Contact Us

Jill Wagner
Academic Coordinator
HERB 318

Mailing Address

WSU Health Sciences Spokane
*Name of Recipient*
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495