Mr. Barnes, Dr. Boyce, Dr. Dowd, Dr. Heijen, Dr. McDaniel, Ms. Shields, Dr. Sprod (exercise science program coordinator), Dr. Tseh, Ms. Van Meter, Dr Glass, (gerontology program coordinator), Dr. Fugate-Whitlock
The Exercise Science program is a competency-driven curriculum for students who are interested in applying the scientific principles of exercise, fitness, health and wellness within the clinical, government, corporate, industrial, private, commercial and academic venues. Exercise Science students must complete the exercise science core courses, and then choose one of two concentrations: the Allied Health concentration or Exercise Physiology Certification concentration. The Allied Health concentration provides a platform leading to careers such as, but not limited to, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy and clinical exercise physiology. The Exercise Physiology Certification concentration, when combined with nationally-recognized certifications, leads to careers such as, but not limited to, personal training, strength and conditioning specialist, commercial/corporate employee fitness director and exercise physiologist. Exercise Science complements other allied health professions and therapies to address client’s well-being and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
The purpose of the combination Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Master of Science degree in Applied Gerontology program is to offer an accelerated path toward a Master of Science degree that will prepare graduates to practice in health-care and community-based settings that serve older adults, and be leaders in the intersection of exercise science, gerontology, and wellness. The combined program prepares students to pursue further degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health-care related fields. It also prepares those students to work in wellness programs in retirement communities, recreation programs, and senior centers, or as an exercise physiologist or fitness trainer focusing on working with older adults. This preparation places a priority on the development of skills through in- and out-of class applied learning experiences, internships, and community engagement. Furthermore, student learning outcomes emphasize critical thinking and evidence-based practice as means of assisting older adult clients in reaching their goals, and maximizing their quality of life.