Exercise and Wellness, BS

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The BS degree program in exercise and wellness is designed to equip the next generation of inclusive fitness professionals with the skills to lower the health care burden by using physical activity as a means to prevent and treat chronic conditions and to improve the health and well-being of the global population.

Through a combination of applied exercise science coursework and hands-on laboratory experiences, students gain the practical skills to implement evidence-based exercise programs to work with clients to achieve health and fitness goals, in both clinical and nonclinical settings.

The exercise and wellness graduate is able to apply best practices in exercise prescription and behavior change to help people adopt and maintain healthier habits and combat the ongoing health problems caused by an increase in sedentary lifestyles. Graduates are prepared for nationally accredited, advanced certification in the health and fitness area and for immediate careers in clinical, commercial or public sectors of the fitness industry. They may also transition to graduate programs specializing in fit, sedentary or symptomatic populations.

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Degree Offered

Exercise and Wellness ( BS)
Health Solutions, College of

Location
Downtown Phoenix

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Graduates of this program may pursue employment locations such as:

  • health care systems and medical centers
  • lifestyle and weight management consulting firms
  • nonprofit disease prevention agencies (e.g., American Heart Association)
  • outpatient fitness centers
  • university fitness and wellness centers

Specialty areas may include:

  • bariatric weight loss clinic counseling and management
  • corporate fitness and worksite wellness

Possible careers titles may include the following:

  • athletic trainer*
  • exercise physiologist
  • fitness center director
  • group exercise specialist
  • occupational therapist*
  • personal training
  • physical therapist*
  • physical therapy technician
  • worksite wellness coordinator

*Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Students also are well-prepared for admission into graduate programs in clinical exercise physiology, obesity prevention and management, rehabilitative fields (e.g., physical therapy), and medicine.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Coaches and Scouts 12.9%$32,270
Exercise Physiologists 13.1%$49,090
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Occupational Therapists 23.8%$83,200
Physical Therapists 28%$86,850
Physical Therapist Assistants 31%$57,430
Physician Assistants 37.3%$104,860

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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