IUP’s Exercise Science program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. This program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to seek employment in private and commercial fitness clubs, medical fitness facilities, sport-specific and conditioning facilities, and clinical settings such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. This program has an academic core, specialty classes in exercise assessment, programming, and prescription, and opportunities for worksite experience.
While students may select Exercise Science is one of several tracks in the Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department, students must demonstrate above-average academic performance by maintaining programmatic standards including (1) minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for transfer students outside and within IUP; (2) a minimum of a “C” grade in major/core exercise science classes, including KHSS 221 or BIOL 150 , KHSS 285 , KHSS 286 , KHSS 343 , KHSS 347 , KHSS 375 , KHSS 413 , KHSS 414 , KHSS 415 , KHSS 416 , KHSS 492 , and KHSS 493 ; and (3) before graduation, successful completion of an NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) approved health and fitness certification. Student transcripts will be reviewed each semester by the individual academic advisor and reported to the Exercise Science program coordinator for compliance with the academic requirements.
Specific work-site experiences may be contingent upon students’ obtaining student liability insurance and selected health clearances such as physical, TB, and drug screening. Purchase of small equipment such as stethoscopes and digital heart rate monitors will be required.