Graded Exercise Testing and Electrocardiotherapy – EXSC 610

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course provides the framework for the exercise physiologist to develop and apply the academic background for clinical exercise testing. Students will become competent in the physiological and pathophysiological responses of the body during various exercise testing protocols. Guidelines based on ACSM standards will be applied while vital signs are measured and evaluated during exercise testing. Cardiac physiology will be covered through electrocardiographic monitoring and interpretation.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The exercise physiologist is responsible for being a part of the clinical team that takes care of exercise testing, evaluation, and prescription for clients or patients. To provide the most effective and safe testing procedure, exercise physiologists are required to have an extensive knowledge base regarding testing guidelines and procedures. Exercise physiologists must also have the ability to interpret physiological measures, including electrocardiography, and integrate them into an evidence-based plan of action. This course will provide the student with the necessary guidelines and procedures to be a part of an effective clinical team.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. For each discussion, the student will post one thread of at least 400-500 words. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 200-250  words. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 1 scholarly citation in AMA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in AMA format. 

Chapter Question Assignments (6)

The student will evaluate chapter questions and write a 200–250-word essay response per question. Each assigned Module: Week contains 4 separate questions for the student to answer in essay form. The student must reference the course textbook in each response.

Quizzes (2)

The student will take a Midterm and a Final. The first quiz will cover the Learn items from Module 1: Week 1-Module 4: Week 4. The second quiz will cover the learn items from Module 5: Week 5-Module 8: Week 8. The Midterm will contain 60 multiple-choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions, and the Final will contain 60 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.