Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Health and Physical Education Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field of exercise science. The undergraduate Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science was accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in March 2008. In 2003, the
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) endorsed the Exercise Science program at IUP as a “University Connected Program.” In addition, our exercise science program is recognized by the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education with a program in Exercise Science is a diverse program of study at IUP. Students who complete this degree of study will be prepared to work in private and commercial fitness clubs, medical fitness facilities, sport strength and conditioning programming, and clinical fitness programming such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. In addition, students who complete their Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science can pursue graduate education in such areas as exercise physiology, physical and occupational therapy, biomechanics, and other allied health programs. For additional information regarding career opportunities in the field of exercise science, go to the
American College of Sports Medicine.
Students are required to take a NCCA certification examination as part of the fulfillment of the requirements of the exercise science program. Students will typically complete one of these exams in their senior year.
NCCA Approved Certification Exams.
Undergraduate students are required to enroll in HPED 319 Preprofessional Experience (3 credits) and HPED 493 Internship (3 credits) to complete program requirements for Exercise Science. Students can enroll in three credits at a time and complete two internship experiences or enroll in HPED 319 and HPED 493 in the same semester and complete a single internship. Check out our recent internship sites of IUP Exercise Science students.
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