Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many faculty members are there in the Applied Exercise Science program?
A: Including our clinical instructors, we currently have seven full-time faculty with expertise in all areas of exercise science.  

Q: What is the average class size for the Applied Exercise Science courses?
A: Our major-specific classes typically include 20-25 students.

Q: What types of internship opportunities are available?
A: Our program allows you to pursue a wide range of potential internships, including ones in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, corporate fitness, personal training, health promotion and research. Internship settings include colleges and universities, sport/athletic organizations, hospitals/clinics, private/commercial/community health and fitness facilities, municipalities, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

Q: How many internship hours per week are students required to complete?
A: There are two internship experiences. The one you complete during your junior year (EXS 399) averages 10 hours per week for a total of at least 120 hours over the semester. The one you undertake as a senior (EXS 499) involves a 20-hour-per-week commitment for a total of at least 240 hours.

Q: Will I need a vehicle?
A: In order to participate in the two internships, you must have your own means of transportation. Although we make every effort to accommodate students who need to be placed close to campus, we strongly encourage you to secure a reliable vehicle before progressing to the internship stage of our program.

Q: Can I enroll and participate in a summer internship?
A: Yes, you can register for EXS 399 or 499 during the summer semester. You work with the Internship Coordinator during the four months leading up to your internship to secure placement and coordinate the required Documentation of Placement and Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the site. Summer tuition rates apply based on the credit load of the internship.

Q: What is the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)?
A: The NSCA is the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning. It supports and disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness. The ACSM is the largest and most respected sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. The ACSM promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical application of sports medicine and exercise science, to maintain and enhance health, quality of life, fitness and physical performance.

Q: What is the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Educational Recognition Program (ERP)?
A: The ERP recognizes that an academic institution's educational program meets educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA. We are proud to say that the ERP endorses our program.

Q: What can I do with my degree?
A: The AES degree prepares you for entry level employment in the diverse fitness field. After completing our program, you may take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer exam or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Personal Trainer exam, or the Certified Health Fitness Specialist exam.

Once successfully completed, you can use your NSCA-CPT or NSCA- CSCS, ACSM-CPT or ACSM-HFS® credential of distinction in a number of settings. You might work in a hospital, clinic, college or university, private facility, corporate facility, commercial facility, municipality or for an athletic team or nonprofit organization.

Q: Will I be able to find a job after I graduate?
A: Certified graduates of our program who have successfully challenged one of the national credentialing exams have a high job placement rate. Additionally, our students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in exercise science or related fields almost always get into their first or second choice of graduate schools, and they often secure free tuition through teaching assistantships or other enticements offered them.