Bachelor of Science in Health Science: Exercise Science Specialization

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Specialization in Exercise Science is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the health/fitness/wellness field, or continue formal education in schools offering advanced degrees in health-related graduate programs.

The Exercise Science specialization articulates with the current Misericordia University mission by focusing on not only critical inquiry in a service oriented profession but in understanding and accepting all individuals to assist in providing competent and appropriate access to wellness and disease prevention care.


Benefits and Features

  • Available in both full- and part-time formats to fit your lifestyle and work schedule
  • Seamless transition and credit transfer process through exclusive articulation agreement with Luzerne County Community College
  • Provides the coursework and experience to take national certifying exam in personal training or strength and conditioning
  • Pre-professional education for entry into graduate level programs
  • Flexible options:
    • Students can begin their studies at LCCC, and transfer to Misericordia for the degree completion program - OR -

    • Students may begin their studies at Misericordia and complete the Exercise Science requirements at LCCC. *This arrangement is ideal for student-athletes who wish to participate in Division III athletics or change majors.
  • Provides additional compensation and advancement opportunities
  • Access to abundant student resources and support
  • Currently there is an increased need for Exercise Sciences and related professions nationally - between 13% - 21% employment increase identified through 2022

  • Fieldwork in senior year offering hands-on experience and professional networking opportunity


Completion of the specialization provides the requisite coursework and experience to take either certification in personal training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (https://www.nasm.org/) or certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (http://www.nsca.com/CSCS_Certification_2/).

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns about MU's Exercise Science program, please contact Dr. Elaine Halesey, Exercise Science Program Director, at ehalesey@misericordia.edu.

Program Format

The Exercise Science courses will be taught on the LCCC campus with an articulation agreement between the two institutions. These courses are a combination of in-class face-to-face courses and online courses (HP 125,135, 235). The remainder of the coursework includes courses already offered at Misericordia University and will retain their current structure. MU students will be required to travel to LCCC for HPE courses, however the cost of the courses are considered a component of the student tuition. MU students will not incur additional tuition cost.

There is a fieldwork component where students will have to travel to their assigned experiences.

Goals and Outcomes

Goals

  1. To prepare students to procure entry-level employment in the health/fitness/wellness field, or continue formal education in schools offering advanced degrees in health related graduate programs
  2. To prepare students to obtain the ACSM Health Fitness Specialist certification or the NASM Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  3. Students will value the need to maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues that impact the Exercise Sciences’ ability to provide care/assistance
  4. Students will have the skill set to guide individuals through a wellness needs in Exercise Science with the goal of improving wellness outcomes
  5. To produce qualified employees to the health and fitness profession

Outcomes

  1. Implement personal fitness assessments
  2. Prescribe exercise and healthy lifestyle habits
  3. Create comprehensive wellness programs for diverse population needs
  4. Demonstrate effective communication/interpersonal skills
  5. Students will value the need to maintain an understanding of current wellness trends and issues that impact the Exercise Sciences’ ability to provide assistance

Course Requirements

The following is a list of course selections required for completion of the degree. Based upon the credits earned through prior education evaluation, it is likely that several of the courses may be fulfilled.

CourseTitleCr
BIO 122 or BIO 212Human Structure and Function II
OR
Anatomy and Physiology II
4
HCM 101Intro to Health Systems3
HCM 371Health Care Reimbursement and Finance3
HCM 401Managed Care3
HCM 406Current Issues in Health Care3
HP 125Introduction to Patient Navigation3
HP 135Health Behavior Change Application3
HP 235Prevention and Chronic Disease3
HP XXXExercise Science Fieldwork3
HP 200 (only
required if HP 155
not transferred
from LCCC)
Healthy Lifestyles3
HP 241Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition3
SOC 122Social Problems3
TOTAL CREDITS37

* The Curriculum should be taken in sequence with advisor approval. Please consult advisor for appropriate for appropriate biology course.

Must transfer (LCCC students) or enroll (MU students) in the following from Luzerne County Community College

CourseTitleCr
HPE 128Introduction to Exercise Science3
HPE 129Strength and Conditioning1
HPE 152Introduction to Physical Education3
HPE 155 (only
required if HP 200
not taken at MU)
Personal Health3
HPE 201Personal Training I-Fitness Assessment3
HPE 244Coaching of Sport3
HPE 247Fitness and Wellness1
TOTAL CREDITS17

* The Curriculum should be taken in sequence with advisor approval.

* MU students must have transportation to the LCCC campus for HPE courses and off-campus fieldwork.

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