BSU Adult Physical Fitness Program Participants, 

We are now requiring face masks at all times within the APFP, including with exercise due to BSU policy.  Thank you for your continued cooperation.

The APFP hours are Monday-Friday 5:30am-7:00pm. Saturday hours will begin 9/12 12:00pm-3:00pm. 
As the Covid-19 situation continues, we will continue to follow guidelines and keep you informed here as well as on Facebook.  Please call Becky in the office at 285-1140 or the APFP at 285-2377 with any questions you might have.
We will try to post options on our website and/or Facebook on ways to be active during this unprecedented time either at home or outside. 
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Harber, Nicole or Becky.  
Thank you for understanding as this is a difficult time for all of us.
The APFP staff



Dear Adult Physical Fitness Participants,

In light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the university has taken measures to limit the exposure of the Ball State community to the virus.  Effective March 16, 2020 through at least April 30, 2020, several aspects of campus life will be different including no in-person class sessions and a limit to meetings and gatherings.  Given the importance of regular exercise for overall health and well-being, our goal is that the Adult Fitness Program facility remain open during this time.  We ask for your assistance in reducing the risk of infection of COVID-19 and all infectious disease in our exercise facility by adhering to the following guidelines:


  • Please wash hands with warm soapy water immediately before entering the exercise facility.
  • Please be extra diligent in disinfecting equipment in the facility after use.
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that older adults (>65 years old) and individuals with heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.Please take additional precautions if these conditions apply to you.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, fever, or symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, you may not enter our facility.Please seek appropriate medical treatment.
  • If you have traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, and/or Iran in the past 14 days you may not enter our facility.The CDC recommends a 14-day symptom free self-quarantine period after travel to those countries before public contact.


We appreciate your assistance in helping to maintain a safe and healthy exercise facility.  The situation is fluid and we will amend our policies and procedures in accordance with the university guidelines as necessary.


Thank you,


Matthew Harber, PhD, FACSM

Nicole Koontz, MS, RCEP



CEPP students work with a client 

Through our innovative approaches to exercise and rehabilitation, we will prepare you to enhance the lives of people coping with chronic diseases—a condition that affects almost half of U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic diseases inhibit the daily activities of nearly one of every 10 Americans and account for 70 percent of all deaths in the U.S.

The Adult Physical Fitness Program Longitudinal Study

Hands-On, Collaborative Learning

The Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) Program—one of three graduate programs in the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL)—is divided into two phases. Graduate students spend their first year on campus, working alongside educators within Ball State’s Adult Physical Fitness Program in the Exercise Testing Laboratory. Within the facilities’ students engage in hands-on, collaborative learning experiences that enrich their classroom instruction. During the second year, students transition to clinical and rehabilitation settings at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital to work with Phase II cardiac, pulmonary, and oncology patients.CEPP student works with a patient

Throughout the 21-month program, we emphasize applied exercise physiology research and training in collegial settings among faculty and students. These are just a few of the collaborations our students enjoy:

  • HPL faculty mentor students during the program’s required research component.
  • Students take on leadership roles, guiding adults with low to moderate risk of cardiovascular disease through the Fitness Program.
  • Doctors and nurses at Ball Hospital form powerful partnerships with students as they apply classroom knowledge to real-world clinical settings.

Diverse Backgrounds

Our educational foundations are as varied as the careers in which our graduates excel. Students from across the globe have entered our program with bachelor’s degrees in exercise science, pre-medicine, biology, physiology, and other allied health degrees. The common thread is that each of us is committed to furthering our academic training and exploring new frontiers in the prevention of and rehabilitation from chronic disease.

With the range of careers open to you, graduate assistantships offer you opportunities to engage a variety of fields, in addition to earning a tuition waiver and monthly stipend. Students explore various fields of interest through the program’s synergetic academic and research components.

A Supportive Environment

Although our research interests vary, we are a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and beyond. Each discipline supports professional organizations to connect student with peers, faculty advisors, and experts in the field. CEPP students work with a patient

We welcome our alumni, retirees, and friends to continue to build relationships with us. Their expertise and support provide students with the confidence and connections to exceed within the program and beyond. Whether they share professional experiences with a class, establish a scholarship or facilitate a partnership—our program is eager to connect them with students and faculty engaged in innovative research and study related to the field. Contact us today.

Learn more about what sets our program apart, or if you’re ready, apply now

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