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Exercise and Sport Science

Exercise and Sport Science

Program Overview

The Associate of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science program is designed to prepare each student for a successful career as an entry-level Exercise Specialist. The curriculum places emphasis on general health, fitness, and nutrition in conjunction with professional behaviors and technical skills.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science program is designed to prepare students to conduct health and fitness assessments, monitor individuals with exercise prescriptions, and make lifestyle modifications for clients. You will learn about strength and conditioning, kinesiology, motor development, and physiological adaptations to exercise.

Beyond your core courses in health, fitness, nutrition, and exercise physiology, if you are enrolled in the BS in Exercise and Sport Science degree program, you can also choose from three different concentrations to pursue a career that suits your interests and goals:

  • Health and Human Performance concentration, you’ll learn to create or modify safe, effective exercise approaches for all types of clients, from young children to top athletes to the aging population. You’ll gain hands-on experience in the industry through real-world externships at sports medicine facilities, hospitals, and more. To prepare for a career as a health and fitness professional, you’ll also learn various business and marketing strategies to help you succeed. With your advanced skills, you’ll graduate prepared for certifications in Strength and Conditioning, Corrective Exercise, Personal Training, and Group Fitness Instruction from reputable organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
  • Applied Exercise Physiology concentration similarly prepares you for a knowledgeable, practice-oriented career, but with the addition of courses in the natural sciences. With academic groundwork in biology, chemistry, and physics, you’ll be prepared to enroll in a graduate program to launch your career as a physician associate, physical therapist, chiropractor, or exercise scientist. You will also be ready to obtain certifications through the NSCA and NASM, or as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) through the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • The Pre-Professional concentration allows students from other Allied Health programs to join the Exercise and Sport Science degree program to continue the natural sciences and major coursework to prepare for a Bachelor of Science degree and potential graduate degrees. The Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science Pre-Professional concentration was designed for graduates of programs such as the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), and ASN, among others.

The concentration selected will help each student improve their skills for their future discipline.

These degrees can equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this growing industry.

Exercise and Sport Science

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science program, students will be prepared to:

  • Construct health- and fitness-related assessments and decipher those results to develop appropriate exercise prescriptions for all ability levels.
  • Investigate health and fitness components to indoctrinate individuals regarding exercise sessions.
  • Correlate between exerciser physiological adaptations and psychological factors of fitness and exercise programs.
  • Interpret biomechanical principles and their relationship to optimal movement for sport and exercise.
  • Analyze and evaluate real-world experiences through the appropriate legal, professional, and ethical means of care to patients, clients, and athletes.
  • Identify and execute specific safety protocols to use in diverse situations. Develop communication strategies and styles that are appropriate for different facilities and subjects.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science program, students will be prepared to:

  • Construct and design specific exercise programs based on effective and efficient interpretation of general and sport-specific assessments for necessary development, monitoring, and motivating of athletes/clients/patients.
  • Advance student skills for proper execution and delivery of one-on-one, small, and large group training sessions for general and special populations, as well as team and single athlete settings.
  • Deconstruct specific health risk factors playing a role in the development and implementation of fitness and exercise programming for injury prevention, special population consideration, and corrective exercise strategies with regard to scope of practice.
  • Link the concepts of anatomy, physiology, motor development, and kinesiology for improved perception of human movement and error detection and correction strategies with movement patterns.
  • Familiarize management, marketing, and promotion techniques of a future health and fitness professional, as well as within specific facilities and markets of interest to build a business and/or individual brand.
  • Assess the main components of qualitative and quantitative research that can assist students in making proper evidence-based practice decisions and attempt to justify theories developed based on prior research knowledge.

Contact Keiser University today to learn more about our Exercise and Sport Science degree programs.

Exercise and Sport Science

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science program is designed to prepare each student for a successful career as an entry-level Exercise Specialist.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program can work in a wide array of health, wellness, clinical, and sports-related positions in settings such as:

• Hospitals and Cardiac Rehabilitation
• Clinics and Doctor’s Offices
• Corporate Wellness
• Health and Fitness Clubs
• Public and Private Schools
• Sports Teams and Clubs

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Degree Levels Available: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science
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