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Exercise Science

Exercise Science specialists are knowledgeable in the areas of human performance assessment, fitness, and strength and conditioning. As members of the health care community, they are dedicated to health enhancement and are responsible for the development and coordination of exercise programs as well as the training and education of patients and clients. Using exercise as a preventative measure or a rehabilitative tool, exercise science specialists work in a variety of settings including professional athletics, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, fitness centers, universities and research institutions.

Lasell College's Exercise Science program is accredited by theCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Exercise Science (CoAES). In addition to being CoAES and CAHHEP accredited, the program is endorsedby the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The Exercise Science program curriculum provides knowledge, skills and abilities, to prepare students for entry into the exercise science industry in a variety of specialty areas. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NSCA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Exam, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Certified Personal Trainer Exam, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) Exam. Additional cost is associated with each certification exam. While enrolled in the program, students are afforded the opportunity to acquire certifications in CPR/AEDfor the Professional Rescuer, first aid and coaching.

Coursework focuses on the study of the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, human metabolism, and behavioral sciences. Utilizing our connected learning philosophy, concepts, theories and skills learned in the classroom are reinforced in our various exercise science laboratories, service learning projects and internships.

Students are immediately introduced to discipline specific concepts and skills during the first year in the program. During the final year of the program students are actively engaged in the the capstone course, emphasizing research and two exercise science field experiences that offer students the opportunity to specialize in areas of interest.. The connected-learning experiences allow students to apply their knowledge of exercise science to work settings in universitys, fitness facilities, hospitals, clinics, and research centers. Lasell's affiliation with nationally known organizations in the Boston area provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience while working with leaders in the field.

Academic standards for the Exercise Science program include grades of "C" or better in all EXSC, BIO and AT courses.
In order to be admitted initially into the Exercise Science Major, students need to have completed the following coursework with grades of C or better: two years of high school math (preferably algebra and geometry) and one year of lab science (preferably biology). Students may substitute a year of college algebra and biology with grades of C or better in place of the high school coursework.

The Exercise Science curriculum fulfills most of the prerequisites for graduate study in the health professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports performance and kinesiology. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.

Students with associate degrees in allied health and related fields can enter the Exercise Science program and complete their degree in two years (assuming all graduation requirements have been fulfilled).

Transfer applicants may be accepted into the Exercise Science at Lasell College based upon their previous record of academic performance. Transfer students will only be considered on a space-available basis, as admission is competitive in nature, and need to be aware of the possibility of additional time beyond eight academic semesters of college work in order to complete all of the program requirements due to the sequencing of courses and their prerequisites.

Undeclared-Allied Health students wishing to transfer in to the Exercise Science Program will be considered on a space-available basis following their freshmen year. A change of major form should be filed with the Program Director at the end of the spring semester of their freshmen year. The applicants' grades for their freshmen year will then be reviewed. Specifically, a "C" or better is needed for all AT, EXSC and BIO courses. A GPA of 2.0 or better will be required for admission into the Exercise Science Program.

Program Fee
Each Exercise Science student is charged a program fee for each semester. The program fee is used to provide instructional supplies, discipline specific technology, guest speaker honorariums, educational opportunities outside of the classroom and miscellaneous materials/supplies needed to maximize student learning.

The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in Exercise Science:

Goal 1: Communication
Upon completion of the major program of study in Exercise Science, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct literature reviews, research writing, and formal professional written work
  2. Engage in disciplinary research
  3. Understand and create discipline specific written work (i.e., exercise prescriptions)
  4. Engage in reflective writing for the purpose of self-assessment
  5. Interact professionally and educate clients, patients, peers, colleagues, and medical/athletic personnel
  6. Utilize and incorporate technology into discipline specific written and oral work

Goal 2: Ethical Decision Making
Upon completion of the major program of study in Exercise Science, students will be able to:

  1. Adhere to the ACSM, NSCA and NASM code of ethics
  2. Identify ethical issues
  3. Translate ethical issues into responsible actions in the exercise science field

Goal 3: Professional Competence/ Application of KSA learning domains
Upon completion of the major program of study in Exercise Science, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge (cognitive) in core exercise science content areas defined by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)
  2. Demonstrate skills (psychomotor) in core exercise science content areas defined by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)
  3. Demonstrate abilities (affective) in core exercise science content areas defined by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)

Goal 4: Professional Decision Making/Critical Thinking
Upon completion of the major program of study in Exercise Science, students will be able to:

  1. Incorporate evidence based practice into discipline specific programming
  2. Create discipline specific programs to address special patient population and individual needs
  3. Modify discipline specific programs to address special patient population and individual needs

Goal 5: Professional and Personal Development
Upon completion of the major program of study in Exercise Science, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the need to engage in continuous education regarding the KSAs
  2. Model professional conduct and behavior