Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org ) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
 1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

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Pre-Health Professional Track

The Pre Health Professional Track in the Exercise Science program blends core exercise science courses with key courses required for graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other healthcare programs.  Graduate program requirements can vary by institution and by discipline. Sophomore undergraduate students are encouraged to explore graduate school requirements for each potential institution they wish to attend.  Academic advisors are available to assist students with incorporating these requirements into his/her academic plan.

There is no guaranteed admittance into graduate school by completing these prerequisites, as each student is responsible for meeting each graduate school's requirements and successfully completing the admission process. To improve success, students should demonstrate exceptional academic performance, possess leadership skills and organizational involvement, demonstrate knowledge of the profession, have good communication abilities, and demonstrate service to the community.

Murray State offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. While Murray State does not offer the following graduate programs, the EXS Pre Health Professional Track provides a strong foundation for students pursuing physical therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant, and other professional health-related programs.

Athletic Training

As members of a sports medicine team, athletic trainers provide services comprising of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions. Job settings for athletic trainers include secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, physicians’ offices, performing arts programs, military, law enforcement, and industrial medicine. For more information about a career in athletic training, visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (https://www.nata.org/).

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a health care profession that focuses on improving optimal health, movement, and function. Physical therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, diagnose, and provide interventions to minimize or alleviate dysfunction. To practice physical therapy, one must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national board examination to obtain licensure. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings and with individuals throughout the lifespan. For more information about a career in physical therapy, visit the American Physical Therapy Association website

Physician Assistant

The profession of physician assistant (PA) has grown rapidly over the past few years and offers many options for the graduate to work in numerous areas of medicine under the supervision of a physician.  For more information about a career as a physician assistant, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants

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Exercise Physiology Track

Exercise Science graduates who have completed the Exercise Physiology Track work with other health care professionals to provide clients with information designed to manage or prevent health issues through physical activity and healthy lifestyle education. Graduates are skilled at evaluating behaviors that impact health, identifying health risk factors, performing fitness assessments, and prescribing exercise programs. The Exercise Physiology Track also prepares students for professional certifications in fitness or strength and conditioning (e.g. ACSM and NSCA) and for graduate study in the field. Individuals with an exercise science degree work in a variety of settings such as fitness facilities, hospital wellness centers, cardiac rehab, commercial settings, rehabilitation facilities, and other agencies.  

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EXS Club- Exercise Science