New UW-River Falls Graduate Program Adds Confessore to Faculty

August 5, 2013— Robert Confessore has been hired as a clinical associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Department of Health and Human Performance. Confessore will teach in the undergraduate and recently created graduate program in clinical exercise physiology.  

Prior to joining UW-River Falls, Confessore served as the lead exercise physiologist for the University of Chicago Medicine Program of Personalized Health & Prevention. Confessore holds a Ph.D. in kinesiology/ exercise science from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

The new Master of Science degree in clinical exercise physiology was launched in spring 2013. The goal of the program is to prepare individuals to provide a variety of health maintenance and rehabilitative care in the treatment of an expanding list of chronic diseases and disabling conditions. The degree program was created in response to emerging recognition of the importance of physical activity and health among an aging population, and in the growing appreciation of skills of trained clinical professionals. Graduates will be qualified for advanced career opportunities in university, corporate, commercial, hospital and community settings. Key features of the program include:  

  • Tuition is the same for all students, regardless of residency. 
  • Full-time students can complete their degree in 16 months. 
  • Classes are only scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. 
  • Continuous year-round admission to the program. 
  • Meets accreditation standards of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Commission on Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences (COAES). Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is pending. 
  • All students will complete a capstone internship in a cardiac rehabilitation setting at a regional hospital or rehabilitation center where they will put into practice the concepts learned in the classroom. 

For more information, visit or contact Joseph O'Kroy, graduate program coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Performance, at or 715-425-0626.


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