Exercise Science, B.S.
Undergraduate Studies

Experience Exercise Science at Immaculata University

Within this major, you will gain hands-on experience through coursework and internships in the area’s finest hospitals and training and fitness centers to prepare you for employment in the exercise science field. As people become increasingly aware of the benefits of good health and fitness habits, the demand for trained practitioners in the field of exercise science will continue to expand.

The Exercise Science major at Immaculata offers four tracks so that you can specialize in a path that interests you and your career goals. Learn more about each track offered below.

Movement Science

This interdisciplinary track will help you pursue a career in fitness and wellness, personal training, or strength and conditioning. This program will prepare you for graduate work in exercise physiology, biomechanics, athletic training and related disciplines. This curriculum will prepare you to assess a patient or client’s fitness/wellness status and create exercise programming. The flexible curriculum allows you to choose courses to meet your career goals or prepare for certifications in exercise physiology and strength and conditioning.

Pre-Occupational/Pre-Physical Therapy

Occupational and Physical therapists are in high demand to help the aging population, to support people with special needs or disabilities, and to assist people as they recover from illnesses or injuries. Immaculata’s pre-occupational/pre-physical therapy curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, kinesiology, genetics, biomechanics, nutrition, and physics to prepare for graduate studies. You will learn how to assess patients, create exercise programming, prevent and care for athletic injuries.

The challenging curriculum at IU gave me the didactic and practical knowledge along with the confidence to succeed at the next level of education, allowing me to pursue my passion of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The amount of hands-on labs and activities provided a strong foundation, and when I arrived at PT school, I found I already had more experience than most of my classmates when it came to performing special tests, manual muscle testing, and patient handling.

Jon Mayer ’14

Physical Therapist, Fox Rehabilitation

Pre-Physician Assistant

Immaculata’s Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with the pre-physician assistant track will give you a strong foundation in human movement science while also allowing you to pursue a career as a physician assistant or a related medical profession. This interdisciplinary program includes math and science courses that will give you the foundational knowledge you need for applying to graduate physician assistant programs. We encourage you to meet with IU’s advisory committee for the medical professions, made up of faculty who will provide information, advisement, and services to help you with your graduate school and professional plans. Students studying in the Pre-PA track must begin observational hours by their sophomore year in order to complete the observational hours requirements for most graduate programs.

Sport Management

Immaculata’s Sport Management program provides a unique combination of exercise science and business courses to develop an understanding of the organizational and administrative concepts of sport and business in this highly competitive field.

Internships

At Immaculata, you can get an internship within a specialized area, providing you with invaluable training. With our close proximity to Philadelphia’s hospitals, rehabilitation centers, fitness centers, sport training centers and professional sport teams, you will have excellent learning opportunities.

Our students have completed internships at the following organizations:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation
  • Endurance Physical Therapy
  • Lightning Fast Training Systems
  • United Sports Training Center
  • Future Stars Camps
  • Ed Snyder Youth Hockey Foundation
  • YSC Academy
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • NFL Films
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Camden River Sharks

I chose Immaculata University’s exercise science program because it was the most well-rounded curriculum offered that tied in careers in both exercise science/athletics and the business field as well. The courses and professors prepared me to not only be successful in this career field but how to be well-organized and develop great time management skills. Recently, I earned three different certifications from the National Personal Trainers Association. Immaculata prepared me to seek out any opportunity the ‘real world’ had ready and waiting for me.

Sean McGinn ’14

Rehab Office Coordinator, Genesis Healthcare

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