Join a fast-growing sector applying exercise to chronic disease management, treatment, and prevention, as well as the maximisation of sporting performance and community health.
Using evidence-based science, Exercise Scientists and Clinical Exercise Physiologists have a deep understanding of the integration between how the human body works and how exercise can work into sporting performance, prevention and therapeutic purposes. Exercise Scientists and Clinical Exercise Physiologists use exercise as medicine, helping people with goal setting for lifestyle and mental health management.
With growing clinical guidelines around the use of exercise for health and wellness and management of chronic diseases in the community, this presents exciting opportunities for a rewarding multidisciplinary career.
Health Care and Social Assistance is Australia’s largest industry and is projected to have strong employment growth through to November 2026.
(National Skills Commission 2022).
No.1 in SA
in Health Services & Support for full-time employment and median salary.
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No.1 in SA
for skills development in health services & support.
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No.1 in Australia
For postgraduate employment.
(QILT 2021 Graduate Outcomes Survey — longitudinal).
By continuing to the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, opportunities could include:
This program is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Graduates are eligible to apply to be recognised as Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Accredited Exercise Scientists.
Flinders offers state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), electrocardiography (ECG), strength and fitness testing, and assessing neural and mechanical characteristics of performance throughout the degrees.
We have our very own purpose-built interprofessional clinic, Health2Go, on site at our Sturt campus, giving you the opportunity to work with clients alongside professional clinicians to gain real-life experience in a modern multidisciplinary environment.
Our graduates have an excellent understanding of holistic health management and are well-equipped to deliver client-centred care.
Interprofessional training is embedded in our Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology courses with experts from other health professions forming an integral component of our teaching staff.
Flinders graduates have an excellent reputation within industry
Learn full-time or part-time with the Bachelor of Exercise Science or Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.
It was a huge honour to be offered my current role in rehabilitation of paediatric brain injuries after a Flinders work placement. I don't think I will ever stop applying the things I learnt at Flinders, as every person I work with is different and needs a unique approach.
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Learn about Exercise Science & Clinical Exercise Physiology at Flinders with Associate Professor Claire Drummond.
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Flinders University Bachelor of Exercise Science university student Jacob Matthews-Bennett shares what he loved about his placement with the Adelaide United women's team and studying at Flinders.
Our incredible teaching and research staff are experts in their professions and well-connected to industry.
Academic Lead: Dr Maarten Immink
Maarten has over 20 years of experience as an academic in exercise and sport science. Underlying his academic work is a passion for advancing physical activity, exercise, sport and movement science and practice through research and education. Dr Immink is a world-recognised expert in skilled movement acquisition and performance. His research focuses on understanding how the brain and mind contribute to movement and performance. Findings from his research apply to lifespan development, physical education, sport, occupational training, and movement rehabilitation.
Course Coordinator (Clinical Exercise Physiology Undergraduate and Postgraduate): Dr Joyce Ramos
Joyce is a Lecturer in Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology at Flinders University. Her main research area involves understanding the role of exercise in the prevention, treatment, and management of metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions that increases a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and other neurological disorders.
Placement Education Coordinator: Nathan Chesterfield
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Nathan has interests in coaching, teaching and mentoring young people, and believes exercise provides a holistic medium in driving personal and academic excellence.
No, although we do recommend students undertake biology in Year 12.
Yes! Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology is a fast-growing sector. With growing clinical guidelines around the use of exercise for health and wellness as well as management of chronic diseases in the community, this presents exciting opportunities.
Opportunities exist in hospitals, community health units, workplaces, gymnasiums, aged care facilities, private health clinics, schools and not-for-profit organisations.
Yes, you may study the Bachelor of Exercise Science part time over 6 years. In the double degree the Bachelor component is part time. However, a Master’s degree must be studied full time.
Once you have completed a minimum of 18 units, you may apply for a higher degree transfer via SATAC for the Bachelor of Exercise Science combined with the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (BEXS/MCEP).
Yes. It is possible to change your specialisation within the first year of study. Changes to specialisation depend on the specialised area where you are up to. This can be discussed with the course coordinator.
Yes you will undertake a compulsory 140-hour placement practicum, preparing you with interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of health, sport and exercise frameworks.
The current pandemic situation (COVID-19) will affect many aspects of your study, from topic availability on campus to how your classes are delivered. For detailed information about the impact of COVID-19 on your study please refer to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page.
There are a range of alternative ways to gain entry to most undergraduate courses besides meeting the minimum required ATAR. Details of other pathways can be found at: flinders.edu.au/study/pathways
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