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Exercise Physiology - formerly Pre-Physical Therapy
- Major Name: Exercise Physiology
- Degree Program: Arts and Sciences
- Degree Designation: AA
- College / School: STEM
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Arts and Sciences with a major in Exercise Physiology is the first two years of the Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Exercise Physiology. The AA in Exercise Physiology is replacing the Pre-Physical Therapy degree. The major is designed to transfer into the BS program on the Morgantown campus, but it can also be used to transfer into other bachelor programs at other institutions. The BS program on the Morgantown campus meets the knowledge, skill, and aptitude (KSA) requirements for students to be eligible to take the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness National Examination and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Examination.
A BS degree in Exercise Physiology is also an excellent preparatory program for graduate or professional school. Graduates continue their education in physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant, optometry, chiropractic, exercise physiology, dentistry, and other programs.
The AA program includes courses in science, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and exercise physiology. To earn an AA degree in Arts and Sciences with a major in Exercise Physiology, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required and elective course work.
Exercise Physiology has been the degree of choice for students planning to apply to a physical therapy program, and it is now becoming a common pathway for students planning to apply to medical schools, physician assistant programs, and other graduate and professional schools.
Upon completion of a BS degree in Exercise Physiology, graduates can begin careers as an exercise physiologist, a personal trainer, a wellness coordinator, a strength and conditioning coach, a clinical research assistant, or other related jobs.