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Master of Science in Cancer Care Program Overview

This Master of Science in Cancer Care program focuses on cancer rehabilitation services which have been proven to assist cancer survivors in improving their physical, psychosocial, and vocational function within the limitations imposed by the disease of cancer and its treatments. 

  • Master of Science in Cancer Care 

    Cancer Care Masters Program Tile 1

    The Master of Science in Cancer Care curriculum provides education in the biology, epidemiology, psychosocial and methods of treatment and exercise interventions of cancer so that the graduate has a more complete understanding of the disease as well as the skills and knowledge to assist patients and their caregivers to deal with this disease and its limitations.  

     Program Contact:  Dr. Stephen Baker

  • Curriculum Overview

    Degree Option

    Master of Science in Cancer Care (Exercise Oncology concentration)

    Recommended Sequence

     See the paradigm at the bottom of the page. 

    Course Descriptions

    Course Catalog Requirements: Master Science in Cancer Care 



    This interdisciplinary program is housed within the Department of Physical Therapy with instructional support from related fields. Dr. Stephen Baker,  Dr. Stephen LoRusso and Dr. Ivan Mulligan serve as program coordinators.

    Meet the Team

    Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

    The Master of Science in Cancer Care with a concentration in Exercise Physiology focuses  on the development of exercise professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide specialty services to the growing cancer survivor population. The program is broad-based yet strictly focused on current scientific knowledge of cancer. The curriculum offers students the understanding of the disease process, its treatment, its effects on the body systems in terms of fitness, as well as its psychological impacts on the individual. 

    The outcomes of the program will be to graduate students who either want to be practitioners, at the RCEP or CES level with an ability to fit into a variety of clinical or research environments, or those who go on for a Doctoral Degree (PhD).

    Facilities and Clinical Opportunities

    Classes will meet in dedicated physical therapy lab and lecture spaces in Sullivan Hall and East Gate. Clinical opportunities will be available through the Center for Rehabilitation  in the  DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness on campus. Here survivors receive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy in conjunction with exercise interventions for fatigue and other related comorbid conditions. Additionally, students will have access to the Human Performance Lab within DiSepio. 

    Admission Requirements

    This program is a graduate program and the admission criteria will include:

    • A completed Bachelor’s Degree
    • The completion of the following prerequisites with at least a cumulative 3.000 QPA
      • General Biology (BIO 111)
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology I  (BIO 205)
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 206)
      • Exercise Physiology  (EXPH 305)*
      • Clinical Exercise Physiology (EXPH 405)*
      • Exercise Testing and Prescription (EXPH 360)*
      • Coursework in Cell Biology, Immunology and Genetics is preferred but not required**
      • One Psychology course at or above the 200 level
      • A Statistics and/ or Research Methods course
      • EP-C or similar BS level Certification is recommended but not required
    • No grades in the conferring degree or prerequisites less than a “C”
    • A completed graduate admission application
    • *Students not possessing the above requirements may enroll in Saint Francis University courses to meet the requirement.
    • ** A general introductory class to these topics suitable for entry is being developed to cover this material to be offered summer prior to beginning the program.


    • Fall Year 1
    • Spring Year 1
    • Summer Year 1
    • Fall Year 2
    • Spring Year 2
    Fall Year 1

    MSCC 500 Principles of Clinical Research (3 cr)

    MSCC 501 Statistics (3 cr)

    MSCC 503 Epidemiology of Cancer  (3 cr)

    MSCC 504 Biology Pathophysiology of Cancer (3 cr)                 

    MSCC 505 Diagnosis and Treatment for Cancer (3 cr)

    Total Semester Credits- 15 credits
    Spring Year 1

    MSCC 507 Psychosocial Landscape of Cancer (2 cr)

    MSCC 508 Nutrition, Exercise, and  Behavior: an integrative approach for the Cancer Survivor (2 cr)    

    MSCC 512 Clinical ExPhys  (3 cr)

    MSCC 513 ExTesting & Pres  (3 cr)

    MSCC 514 Clinical ExPhys Methods I  (1 cr)

    MSCC 660 Thesis  (1 cr)

    Total Semester Credits-12 credits 
    Summer Year 1

    MSCC 620 Clinical Internship (3 cr)

    Total Semester Credits - 3 credits

    Fall Year 2

    MSCC 515 Clinical ExPhys Methods  II  (1 cr)

    MSCC 602 Compassionate Caregiver  (2 cr)

    MSCC 603 Funding…Resources for a Cancer Program (1 cr)

    MSCC 604 Biology of Cancer II (3 cr)

    MSCC 606 Recent Developments in Cancer  (1 cr)

    MSCC 661 Thesis  (1-3 cr)

    MSCC 662 Thesis (1 cr)

     Total Semester Credits- 10-12 credits
    Spring Year 2

    MSCC 601 Med/ Research Ethics in Cancer Care (2 cr)

    MSCC 606 Recent Developments in Cancer (1cr)

    MSCC 625 Narrative Medicine (3 cr)

    MSCC 662 Thesis (1 cr)

    Total Semester Credits- 7 credits