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EXSS Programs

A Program for Every Interest

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers several options for students interested in a career in the sport sciences, from athletic training and applied exercise science to exercise science administration and sport management (pictured).

Programs

Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.

Applied Exercise Science

Applied exercise science combines the sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, and sport psychology into the study of how the human body responds to exercise and sport training. The applied exercise science major prepares students for leadership roles in a number of career opportunities, including clinical exercise settings and corporate and hospital wellness programs, or as personal fitness trainers, exercise specialists, and strength and conditioning coaches. Students are well prepared for graduate programs in exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology, or health and wellness.

Applied Exercise Science with Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Certification

The PTA is a skilled technical health care worker who, under the supervision of a physical therapist, carries out patient treatment programs. The unique collaborative program between the Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise and Sport Science combines an exercise science major with PTA certification, allowing students to work in various health care settings.

Exercise Science Administration

Exercise science administration combines the discipline of exercise science with the discipline of health services administration. This five-year program allows students to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science and a Master of Science in health services administration. This program of study prepares students to assume leadership and managerial positions as well as those of wellness administrators capable of having a significant impact on the health and well-being of numerous constituencies. Graduates will gain knowledge in the principles of sound management, cost containment, and accountability.

Pre-professional Exercise Science

The pre-professional exercise science major embraces a curriculum that prepares students in the scientific aspects of exercise as it relates to healthy, injured, and high-risk populations. It is an applied discipline that emphasizes a hands-on approach toward understanding the physiological and biomechanical consequences of human movement. Due to the strong natural science curriculum, pre-professional exercise science is excellent preparation for graduate study in physical therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, medicine, podiatry, and occupational therapy. In addition, graduates with a pre-professional exercise science degree are prepared for employment in clinical or hospital settings, health and wellness intervention programs, and other health-related careers.

Clinical Laboratory Science

A clinical laboratory scientist, or a medical technologist, is capable of performing — under the supervision of a pathologist, other qualified physician, or laboratory director — the various chemical, microscopic, bacteriologic, and other medical laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis, study, and treatment of disease. Students pursuing the clinical laboratory science major complete approximately 100 semester hours at the University of Evansville (six semesters) and then complete 12 months of clinical study at a hospital endorsed by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) of the American Medical Association. The first three years provide a solid foundation based on the natural sciences with an emphasis on biological sciences and chemistry. The fourth year consists of combined classroom and laboratory studies that provide experience in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, histology, urinalysis, parasitology, and instrumentation. Students accepted into a clinical program register for Exercise and Sport Science 478 in the fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Some students interested in a career in clinical laboratory science complete a four-year bachelor's degree with a combined major in exercise science and clinical laboratory science, completing the clinical experience during the fifth year.

Public Health

The demand for qualified professionals is increasing in many areas of the public health field. Emerging infectious diseases and disasters are posing new challenges and threats. As a result, the need for public health services is growing. The Association of Schools of Public Health estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020. In order for state and federal health agencies, private laboratories, research institutes, and hospitals to carry out their missions and head off a potential workforce shortage crisis, they must recruit and retain young, talented, passionate public health professionals that represent diverse populations.

The public health major offers two emphasis areas in health policy and nutrition. Public health professionals in the areas of health policy and nutrition are expected to see high job growth which accounts for the replacement rate for workers retiring from their occupations. The major is a multidisciplinary program where students learn about a range of issues that impact population health, global health, environmental health, health care systems, and health behavior. Students acquire hands on experience while completing an internship in a public health field. Students have completed internships in the areas of environmental health, global health, epidemiology, and disaster preparedness at local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Upon graduation, students will advance through employment or further education.

Sport Management

The explosive growth of sport at all levels has greatly increased the need for management, marketing, and administrative personnel with sport-specific knowledge and expertise. It is estimated that sport marketing and management represent a $200 billion industry in this country. This major provides opportunities for students interested in working in a business-related area of sport, such as director of athletics, manager of a sporting arena, owner or director of a fitness and aerobic center, or other areas of sport management or administration.

The sport management major is a collaborative program with the Schroeder School of Business. Upon graduation, in addition to the sport management degree, students will have a minor in business administration. Students take courses in accounting, communication, economics, finance, law, management, and marketing. Students will also develop their professional network through internship opportunities both on and off campus. Recent internships have included the University of Evansville athletics department, WFIE channel 14 (Evansville's NBC affiliate), the Komen Foundation, Next Level Sports Management (a PR firm serving action sports and motorsports), the Evansville Otters, and many others.

Minors in Exercise Science

Applied Exercise Science

The minor in applied exercise science prepares students to work with relatively healthy populations as personal fitness trainers in corporate wellness programs or other fitness centers.

Clinical Exercise Science

The clinical exercise science minor prepares students for the application of exercise and physical activity in clinical and pathological situations where it has been shown to provide therapeutic or functional benefit.

Exercise and Sport Psychology

Exercise and sport psychology is the study of psychological factors associated with enhancing sport performance as well as those factors that lead to regular participation in physical activity. This minor prepares students for graduate study in the areas of exercise science, exercise and sport psychology, motor learning, or psychology.