Exercise Prescription for Special Populations: Chronic Health Conditions – EXSC 637

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides the foundational understanding for the pathophysiological processes of various common chronic conditions. A clinical understanding of limitations and special needs will be provided, which allows the exercise scientist to appropriately interact and serve the clinical client.




Clinical exercise physiology is one of the main areas of employment for graduate students in the Exercise Science field. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding and overview of the diverse complications for adults and children with special health-related issues. A proper understanding of these elements contributes to the successful implementation and organization of an exercise program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe normal anatomy and physiology.
  2. Identify the pathophysiology present in numerous chronic diseases.
  3. Differentiate between normal and abnormal responses to exercise based on chronic disease conditions.
  4. Develop safe and effective exercise prescriptions based on chronic conditions and comorbidities.
  5. Identify the pathological limitations of individuals in special populations.
  6. Assess case studies to assemble an appropriate plan of action for a patient’s exercise program.
  7. Promote exercise prescription for special populations with a Christian worldview when applicable.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 2 scholarly references and at least 1 biblical principle in addition to the course textbook. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words and reference the course textbook and/or 1 other scholarly or biblical source. All citations must be in current APA format.

Chapter Essay Questions (6)

The student must 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 and at least 1 other scholarly source in each essay response.

Midterm Exam and Final Exam (2)

The student must take a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam in Modules/Weeks 4 and 8. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and will cover the Reading & Study material from previous modules/weeks and the assigned module/week. The Midterm Exam will contain 60 multiple-choice and true/false questions and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The Final Exam will contain 75 multiple-choice and true/false questions and have a time limit of 2 hours.