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Jennifer Ellsworth

Adjunct Faculty Member

Email: jellswor@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 716-3315
Office: A107


Unlike many exercise physiologists that study sport's performance, my master's degree is in Clinical Exercise Physiology. The focus of this program centered on the idea that exercise benefits everyone!

Exercise helps us recover from injuries to our bodies beyond orthopedics. Pulmonary patients, cardiovascular patients, diabetic patients, obesity patients, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury patients, just to name a few. People who are dealing with any of these, or other chronic conditions want so much to find the highest quality of life achievable with their underlying condition. In many cases, the condition may never be eradicated from their bodies. If we can teach them new ways of finding strength in their bodies, many are able to reclaim independence in activities that previously required assistance.

While working in hospital as a clinical exercise physiologist, I worked primarily in the heart station. There we performed cardio diagnostic exercise testing, and heart monitoring. Our heart station included a cardio and pulmonary rehabilitation center. There we derived programs specifically to improve the anaerobic abilities of our pulmonary patients, and the aerobic abilities of our cardiac patients. Soon, our program expanded to include free community testing and outpatient programs for adults born as premature babies with low exercise tolerance, and obesity patients.  We also instituted an exercise program for our fellow hospital employees that included both indoor exercise in our cardiac rehab gym and outdoor exercise before, and after the day shift.

In addition to the physical strength and endurance benefits of exercise, participants and patients began to experience psychological benefits of exercise. It was then that I realized, as we help our patients take excellent care of themselves, they in turn begin to take excellent care of the people in their lives. The spouses and children and employees of our patients began to benefit from the improvement in our patient. How wonderful. No one is an island. If one member of our community is sick, it impacts their entire community. If that member regains strength, it impacts their entire community.

As time went on, I became a clinical instructor. Graduate schools sent their students to us to complete their clinical hours in order for them to sit for their board exams. From this opportunity came the opportunity to teach for one year full time at Benedictine University in 2008 and I loved it. I have been teaching people about their wonderful human body in the graduate and undergraduate setting ever since.

Remember, you have been wondrously, beautifully, and intricately created, in God's own image.

Jennifer Ellsworth,

Instructor of Anatomy and Exercise Science

California Lutheran University




Master's in Clinical Exercise Science from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois

Bachelor's in Psychology with a focus on Pre Professional Health from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois


Teaching others to take excellent care of themselves so that they can take excellent care of each other.

Simple, yes.

Prestigious, no.


Anatomy for Nutrition and Culinary Students.- on line class adopted by:

Kendall College, Chicago Illinois