Exercise Science

Department of Exercise Science

Bloomsburg University's Department of Exercise Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs accredited by recognized organizations, such as the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, as well as supports requirements for education majors and staffs BU's athletic programs.

As a leading university in this field, BU offers graduate study in exercise science and athletic training involving clinical and research internships to encompass the full spectrum of health, including cardiac rehabilitation, physiological assessment and training for optimal performance. Student factors that suggest a high probability of success in:

  • strong interpersonal skills
  • an intense desire to help others
  • versatility in individual skill and fitness abilities
  • strength in sciences, particularly in anatomy and physiology

Faculty offer advisement to assist students in tailoring a specific program of study to prepare for career objectives in the dynamic field of exercise science.


Career Spotlight: Exercise Physiology

Two Bloomsburg University exercise science alums, Alan Larson '11, '14, and Adrianna Houtz '19, current master's student, both with Cardiac Rehabilitation at Evangelical Community Hospital, conducted a radio interview with WKOK Sunrise on how to bounce back after a cardiac event.

Exercise Physiology Podcast
Exercise Science Cardio Testing

Department Chairperson
  Andrea Fradkin | 570-389-5363
Graduate Program Coordinator
  Joseph Andreacci | 570-389-5340
Department Secretary
  Wendy Hoyt | 570-389-3959

Department of Exercise Science
126 Centennial Hall
Fax: 570-389-5047

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Exercise Science (B.S.)

Our exercise science bachelor's degree program, unique among PASSHE, is designed to prepare students for the wide range of careers in the growing field of wellness and fitness. This challenging and demanding program leads to careers in education, corporate wellness programs, cardiac rehabilitation, health care, sports medicine and research environments.

Emphasis is on the interpreted aspects of wellness and fitness, gerontology, nutrition, stress management, alternative medicine and therapies and cardiac rehabilitation in a rapidly evolving professional field. Major national corporations and graduate programs actively recruit BU students from this program.

Exercise Science (M.S.)

Our exercise science master's degree program prepares students for research opportunities, doctoral study and employment in universities, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness and wellness, sports medicine, and pediatric/geriatric fitness. Students complete graduate level courses in exercise science with clinical and research internships that encompass the full spectrum of health, including cardiac rehabilitation, physiological assessment, and training for optimal performance.

These activities are augmented by such learning recourses as library support, information technology and well-equipped exercise physiology, biomechanics, and computer laboratories in Centennial Hall.

CAAHEP Accreditation

BU's undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2,100 individual education programs in 32 health science occupations. CAAHEP accredited programs are assessed on an ongoing basis to assure that they meet the standards and guidelines of each profession

Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs

During the 2017-18 academic year, this exercise science program reported the following outcomes:

  • Overall retention rate: 80.o percent
  • National certification exam pass rate: 100.0 percent
  • Students who were rated “exceptional” by their internship sites: 92.3 percent
  • Graduate placement rate: 100.0 percent (53.6 percent secured full time employment; 46.4 percent were accepted into a graduate program to continue their education)