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Online Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise

Course Description

The overall objective of this postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise is to enable clinicians to prescribe exercise as a disease preventative and treatment modality in a safe, effective, and scientific manner. Material covered on this course includes how to accurately assess activity and fitness and apply this knowledge for the safe and effective prescription of exercise. Research presented throughout this course will enable an understanding of the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease, while case scenarios and group discussions will help apply this knowledge to patients with various pathologies.

This postgraduate certificate in Clinical Exercise will be delivered online and will address how physical activity and exercise can become an intergral part of patient prescription. In recent years evidence has emerged on the role of exercise as a treatment tool for those with depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, rheumatic diseases and other conditions where exercise was not traditionally considered beneficial. This course in Clinical Exercise has been specifically designed to provide health professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to become confident at individually prescribing exercise to people with various pathologies.


This level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise is delivered fully online and consists of four Modules which run from September to June.

Module 1: The Cardiovascular and Respiratory System (10 ECTS)
Module 2: Physical Activity and Exercise (5 ECTS)
Module 3: Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (10 ECTS)
Module 4: Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations (5 ECTS)

Entry Requirements

This course, subject to council approval, is open to those with an honors primary degree in Physiotherapy, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition/Dietetics and Physiology. Applicants with other qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis by the course selection panel.Applicants must also have a fluent command of the English language. Students whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements as laid down in section 1.5 of the Postgraduate Calendar part 3 document.

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