Clinical Exercise Physiology


Clinical Exercise Physiology provides courses and practical training in the application of exercise to people with a range of health conditions.

Areas of study

These programmes of study cover a wide range of clinical- and exercise-related topics including: the role of exercise, exercise prescription, risk factors, pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment for cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, neurological, neuromuscular, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neoplastic, immune, haematological and mood disorders. Exercise for the elderly, pre-and post-surgical exercise prescription, the psychology of rehabilitation, and the prevention of diseases associated with physical inactivity are also covered.

You can study Clinical Exercise Physiology in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The training is focused on prescribing exercise rehabilitation to individuals with diseases, disorders or injuries known to be amenable to specific exercise regimens. In addition to course work, practical hours in the Health and Performance Clinics located on the Tāmaki Innovation Campus must be attained to fulfil academic requirements.

The Clinical Exercise Physiology programme includes 200 (CEXP-PGDSC) and 400 (CEXP-MSC) hours of supervised clinic practicum to enhance the understanding of the relationship of exercise and physical activity in reducing the incidence and impact of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neoplastic, neurological and pulmonary diseases.

At the end of their training Masters’ students may take the American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists® certification examination.

Career opportunities

Clinical exercise physiologist and health and wellness careers with District Health Boards, hospitals, clinics, gyms and fitness centres, and sporting bodies. Private practice clinical exercise physiologist; exercise rehabilitation adviser; injury prevention consultant; occupational health and safety consultant.

More information

The development of the programmes in Clinical Exercise Physiology is in accord with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, and The New Zealand Health Strategy objectives concerned with the reduction of the incidence and impact of diabetes, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neoplastic, neurological, and pulmonary diseases.

In the US, the American College of Sports Medicine has launched a campaign with the slogan: “Exercise is Medicine”. This campaign directly targets physicians, and indirectly their patients and the community. The taught MSc programme will provide the community with much-needed allied health professionals capable of prescribing high quality, safe, and effective evidence-based exercise regimens for the prevention and amelioration of a wide range of non-communicable diseases.

In 2013, a new allied health care professional society called Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand (CEPNZ) was incorporated. The Board of CEPNZ represents academics and practising exercise physiologists. To become a practising member of CEPNZ, applicants need to provide evidence that they meet the practice standards set by CEPNZ.

Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Postgraduate courses

Programme structure and requirements

Exercise Sciences