Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Clinical Exercise Physiology specialises in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behaviour modifications

Graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology are allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities.

On completion of your degree you'll be an Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP). Services covered by AEPs include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory/pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status.

Why study Clinical Exercise Physiology at UNE?

  • SportUNE at UNE is considered one of the best university sporting precincts in Australia, offering variety, flexibility and a range of new facilities and services with everything from a state-of-the-art fitness and strength building gym to indoor and outdoor courts to a climbing and bouldering wall and to 15 hectares of playing fields.
  • UNE has been selected as the academic partner institution for the NSW Rugby League Centre of Excellence to be established at Sydney Olympic Park providing opportunities for our exercise physiologist students in terms of interactions between health and sport.
  • As a graduate of the BClinExerPhys at UNE, you will have all the attributes required for a career in as an AEP, for example, communicate specialist advice on safe and effective participation in physical activity, an in-depth understanding of the clinical applications of exercise and sports science, use knowledge of injury and disease etiology, pathophysiology/pathomechanics and common medical interventions to manage/ rehabilitate individuals with chronic and/or complex medical conditions.
  • You are able to transfer to the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, from the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, after completion of 20 units, including 12 specified units at a Credit average overall.
  • UNE is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network and offers student-athletes flexibly study options enabling a balance between sporting pursuits and academic requirements.
  • You can study either on campus or online – whichever option you choose you will be part of a vibrant living and learning environment.
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Career Opportunities

AEPs typically:

  • screen, assess and apply clinical reasoning to ensure the safety and appropriateness of exercise and physical activity interventions, which includes conducting tests of physiological measures
  • assess movement capacity in people of all ages and levels of health, well-being or fitness
  • develop safe, effective individualised exercise interventions
  • provide health education, advice and support to enhance health and well-being
  • provide exercise intervention and education for those at risk of developing a chronic condition or injury
  • provide clinical exercise prescriptions, for those with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries
  • provide exercise-based rehabilitation and advice for patients following the acute stage of injury, surgical intervention, or during recovery to restore functional capacity and well-being

And work in:

  • public and private hospitals
  • primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare
  • private and multidisciplinary clinics
  • sporting settings
  • population health
  • workplace health and rehabilitation
  • residential aged care facilities and retirement facilities
Frequently Asked Questions

What background knowledge do I need?  What should I study at school?

We assume you will have a sound knowledge of NSW HSC-level (or equivalent) Mathematics plus Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)  and/or any two units of Science.  It is recommended that you have knowledge of Biology and/or Chemistry.

We offer introductory units in Chemistry and Mathematics for students who do not have the recommended background knowledge as well as two free courses: Chemistry Refresher Course and Mathematics Bridging Course.

We do recommend that if you don’t have the assumed knowledge, you give serious consideration to including the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and the Bachelor of Scientific Studies as preferences when you submit your application where, on successful completion of units of study you may be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology with credit (advanced standing) for core units you have completed.

Do I have to do any practical work? If I do, how do I find appropriate work?

Yes, you must complete a total of 500 hours of practicum experience – this includes 140 hours for the purpose of undertaking an exercise intervention to improve health and fitness, wellbeing or performance, or focus on prevention of chronic conditions plus 360 hours of practical experience with clients with clinical conditions (eg, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological).

We have a clinical placement officer who will help you to identify suitable practicum sites and supervisors and will ensure your practicum placement complies with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation requirements.

For additional information refer to the student practicum portal or contact the clinical placement team at

Can I apply for early entry?

Yes, all Year 12 and some TAFE students can apply directly to UNE for Direct Early Entry before your HSC results are released.

Is there someone I can talk to about how I plan my study in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology?

The Course Coordinator is more than happy to discuss how you can plan your study to help you achieve the best outcome.

How do I apply to study at UNE?

Go to How to apply and follow the instructions.

Further Study Options

Graduates with an above average academic record are able to complete the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology with Honours or the research-based Master of Science. BClinExerPhys(Hons) graduates who have the appropriate level of Honours are eligible to apply to enrol for the Doctor of Philosophy.

Alternatively, as a graduate, you are eligible to complete a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma course or a coursework Master degree in areas of the biomedical sciences such as physiology, disability practice and neuroscience.