Friday, September 7, 2018

The Labor Day holiday traditionally marks the end of summer and with it comes the end of the summer semester!  While we don’t have any traditional summer classes, we do have many students doing internships.  With 22 graduate students and 15 undergrads completing their internships over the summer this year is no different. 

Most of the undergrads completed their internships in fitness settings like the YMCA, independent facilities like Impact Sports Training (IST) in Duluth or similar settings in their home towns, while others worked with more diverse patient populations in programs like Stay Fit (a service in the Benedictine Health Center for independent living seniors).  This is the first time most of these students have been placed in a position of authority and serve as a resource of specialized knowledge so it is the perfect opportunity to gain confidence in what they know and “find their voice” as they interact with various clients or patients.

The predominant career choice for most of this year’s Master’s students was the clinical route: 19 grad students were placed in cardiac rehab or research settings and 5 were in facilities focused on athletic performance or corporate fitness.  Three more students are completing cardiac rehab internships and one is pursuing a fitness setting to complete their internships in the fall semester. 
This is quite unusual, as a mix closer to 50:50 distribution between clinical and fitness/performance has been the long term pattern.  Whether this year’s showing is a blip or a trend will be interesting to see.  In either case, the Department is confident in its ability to offer a curriculum that prepares students for careers that span the spectrum of our field.  

As usual, many students were placed at facilities locally (Duluth, Superior) and within the region (Cloquet, Moose Lake, St.Cloud).  Many more were in the Twin Cities area including sites in Fridley, Coon Rapids, Burnsville, Blaine and Edina.  Two were at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, one was in Madison and three went to Iowa.  Others traveled further afield to Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Texas and North Dakota!

In terms of job placement, the very early results are positive.  When the summer term ended last week, eleven students had completed all requirements for the internship.  The others will be finishing in the next 3-4 weeks as they complete up to 600 hours so they are eligible to sit for the Registered Certified Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) exam.  Of the 11 students that are completely done, 5 have accepted jobs at their internship sites and several others are currently in the interview process.  Although the Department doesn’t have official records documenting the timing of job offers this year’s results seem very good!  

It has been a successful year for the Exercise Physiology Graduate class of 2018! As we say farewell to them, we look forward to another productive year and welcome 23 new students to the 2018-19 Master’s Program! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

One of or distinguished faculty members, Joe Warpeha, has been directing a power lifting event at the College of St. Scholastica for 10 years.  It has become very popular and has received excellent reviews.  A local news station covered the latest one held on August 4th.  See the link below for details.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Graduate students worked on a cold water immersion study and an inversion study in Applied Exercise Physiology during the latter part of spring semester.

Monday, June 4, 2018

John Dargan, a member of the EXP faculty, and Chad Salmela, our cross-country coach, were featured on FOX news.  The segment was on the science of running.  Click on the link below to watch (about 1.5 minutes).

Monday, May 21, 2018

Graduation 2018

On May 12, 2018, the EXP department graduated 28 Master's students and 41 Undergraduates.

Graduation social May 11, 2018

On May 11, 2018, the EXP department hosted a Graduation Social for all of the Master's and Undergraduate students who were graduating, their families and friends. It was an afternoon full of introductions, reflections, farewells, great food, and good memories.

Monday, May 7, 2018

EXP Master's student Alex Hunt had the opportunity to attend the Minnesota Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MNACVPR) Conference on a scholarship April 26 & 27, 2018. When asked to reflect about his experience, this is what he had to say, " Attending the MNACVPR conference was one of the most eye-opening experiences I have had in the exercise physiology field. Connecting with health care professionals from all the around the state and learning the huge array of topics had two significant impacts on me. One was the knowledge gained in areas ranging from treating pulmonary hypertension to PCSK9 inhibitors. The other impact was that even after finishing this program, there will always be more material to learn and continue being a student even after graduation. I am very thankful for the scholarship opportunity to attend this conference and would highly recommend this conference to others."