Exercise and Wellness, BS

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The BS degree program in exercise and wellness prepares students to become competent professionals who promote, design and deliver evidence-based exercise programs to improve clinical outcomes and the quality of life for clients with chronic cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic or neuromuscular conditions and those with developmental or physical disabilities.

Students are educated to conduct appropriate pre-exercise screening evaluations and functional assessments and to deliver evidence-based physical activity or exercise prescriptions to clients or referred patients with or without symptomatic conditions. Students are instructed on how to engage clients in programs to make a meaningful impact on their health.

Graduates have the scientific and applied knowledge necessary for passing the NCCA-accredited certifications related to exercise physiology and pursue Level 2 Exercise Is Medicine credentialing by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Graduates may work in clinical, corporate and private industries.

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Exercise and Wellness, BS

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

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Career outlook

Graduates of this program may pursue employment in locations such as:

  • adaptive fitness centers
  • cardiac rehabilitation facilities
  • 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
  • cancer patient exercise specialist
  • corporate fitness and worksite wellness

Possible careers titles may include the following:

  • adaptive exercise specialist
  • cardiac rehabilitation*
  • clinical exercise specialist
  • exercise physiologist
  • fitness center director
  • group exercise specialist
  • occupational therapist*
  • personal training
  • recreational therapist*
  • worksite wellness coordinator

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

Students are well-prepared for admission into graduate programs in clinical exercise physiology, obesity prevention and management, rehabilitative fields (e.g., occupational 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
Adapted Physical Education Specialists 9.8%$54,800
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 9.9%$55,270
Training and Development Specialists 11.5%$60,360
Exercise Physiologists 13.1%$49,090
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
Occupational Therapists 23.8%$83,200
Physical Therapist Assistants 31%$57,430
Rehabilitation Counselors 12.7%$34,860
Therapists, All Other 19.9%$53,850

* 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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