Do you have a burning desire to turn fitness into a career? Can you see yourself helping others regain their strength after an accident or illness, or improve their overall health and wellness? Perhaps there’s a career for you as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, personal or athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach or exercise physiologist. You can get on track for a rewarding future with an Exercise Science degree from PennWest Edinboro.
At Edinboro, you'll thrive in small classes where each professor knows you by name.
They will serve as your mentors as you develop the knowledge and skills to plan and
implement exercise and health and wellness programs for a variety of populations,
including healthy adults and youths, athletes and people with physical limitations.
You'll not only learn theory, but practical applications as well in our health and fitness computer laboratory and state-of-the-art exercise science laboratory.
Worksite field experience plus a full semester internship will give you hands-on experience.
By following our curriculum, you'll graduate more than ready to enter the workforce
or enhance your career by pursuing a graduate or professional degree.
At Edinboro, a capstone experience gives you an edge.
You'll spend 600 hours — a full semester — getting hands-on experience in a setting that is aligned to your career goals. During this time, you'll earn 12 credits and learn more about your chosen field. Placements may be anywhere in the country and include:
As a graduate, you may go directly into the workforce as an exercise physiologist or fitness trainer. Or you may join other alumni who go on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or a master’s degree in Exercise Science or other related fields. Here’s what a few recent graduates are doing:
- Cory Beaumont (BS ’16) - Doctoral student, Kinesiology focus on Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
- Stephanie Smigiera (BS ‘13) - DPT from Slippery Rock University, now a physical therapist at Excelsior Orthopaedics, Buffalo, NY
- Zack Zenko (BS ’11) – Assistant Professor, University of California, Bakersfield, CA
- Jared King (BS ’10) - Physical therapist at King Physical Therapy & Fitness, Scottdale, PA
Ruth Stauffer, PhD
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Take charge of your experience. Ask questions, meet our students and professors, and see the campus yourself.