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Logo of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsWould you like to teach someone how to exercise safely? Or train like a professional athlete? As a student in Seton Hill’s Exercise Science Program, you can get started on a career that will keep you - and your clients - moving in the right direction. Seton Hill’s Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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What is Exercise Science?

When you study exercise science, you learn:

  • How physical activity affects people (exercise physiology)
  • What kinds of exercise help prevent, or treat, chronic conditions (clinical exercise physiology)
  • How forces affect the body and how people move (biomechanics)
  • The foods that keep people healthy and enhance physical performance (nutrition)
  • How behavior and outlook affect health and performance (psychology)
  • How nerves and muscles work together (motor control & learning)
  • The best ways to optimize physical performance (athletic training & sports medicine)

Most Undergrads Move On to Careers or Grad SchoolAn Exercise Science Degree Leads to Many Careers

With a degree in exercise science from Seton Hill, you will be ready to move on to advanced study and careers in:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehab
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Athletic Training
  • Health Coaching

Why Study Exercise Science at Seton Hill?

Two Areas of Concentration: Clinical or Health & Fitness

Tailor your degree to your own strengths and interests by choosing a focus area:

  • Clinical: Choose this track if you want a career in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, cardiac rehabilitation or exercise physiology.
  • Health & Fitness: This track will be a good fit if you are interested in becoming a strength and conditioning specialist or personal trainer. 

Leading Edge Classrooms & Labs

The Boyle Health Sciences Center, home of Seton Hill’s Exercise Science Program, features new clinical and research labs, classrooms, study areas and a Vibe Fresh Market. 

Guided Career Exploration

As a freshman and again as a senior, you will participate in career exploration activities. These involve “shadowing” professionals  working in your field of interest. Since most careers in this industry require advanced degrees, you will also begin the process of researching and preparing for graduate study as a freshman.

Business Savvy

Thinking you might like to run your own business someday? Seton Hill’s Exercise Science Program offers courses that will show you how it’s done.

Practical Internship

After you have successfully completed all of your courses, you will enjoy an internship in the field of your choice.

Recent Internship Sites

  • Burke Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Excela Athletic Training Services, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Services
  • Keystone Rehabilitation
  • Meridian Health
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • UPMC Cardiac Rehabilitation

Expert Faculty

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Seton Hill University Exercise Program faculty are experts in the health sciences, with a focus in exercise science. They will teach you what you need to know, and help you with internships, graduate school and career choices.

Interesting Projects & Trips

  • Exercise Prescription Practice: Every fall semester, senior exercise science students provide personalized exercise advising to members of the Seton Hill community for a small fee. Taking advantage of this opportunity will give you practical experience working one-on-one with a client in a supportive environment.
  • Professional Development & Networking: Every year, students and faculty attend the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. This is a great opportunity for you to network, present research, or help the Seton Hill team win exercise science trivia contests!

Your Career

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The majority of exercise science majors choose careers in physical or occupational therapy. These fields are strong and growing fast.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for physical and occupational therapists in 2017 topped $80,000.

Seton Hill’s award-winning Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) will provide you with the career preparation skills and placement services you need.  All of the Center’s services will remain available to you after you graduate.

Employers of Recent Graduates

  • Novacare
  • West Virginia University Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Forbes Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit
  • Johns Hopkins
  • UPMC Shadyside

Seton Hill's degree program in exercise science is designed to meet the knowledge, skills and ability requirements of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Ready to Take Your Next Step Up? 99% of Incoming Freshmen Receive Aid

You can apply online for free any time. Seton Hill features streamlined admission requirements and a comprehensive aid program. If you haven’t been to visit us yet, please schedule a time to come up to the Hill. You may just see your future from here.