Exercise Science

Exercise Science specialists are knowledgeable in the areas of exercise physiology, kinesiology, human performance assessment, fitness, wellness, 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. An exercise specialist is responsible for the training and education of patients and clients through exercise prescriptions and programs. 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 the Commission 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 endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The Exercise Science program 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 National Strength and Conditioning Associates (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 have the opportunity to acquire certifications in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, first aid and coaching. Moreover, Exercise Science majors have the option to participate in domestic and international services learning as well as study abroad programs.

The program curriculum focuses on the study of the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, human metabolism, human movement and behavioral sciences. Utilizing our connected learning philosophy, concepts, theories and skills learned in the classroom are reinforced in our various exercise science laboratories and field experiences.

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 undergraduate research through the research concepts and capstone courses, 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 universities, sports performance centers, 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 of medical and exercise science.

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

  1. Interpret, Develop, Produce and Disseminate disciplinary research
  2. Understand and create discipline specific written work
  3. Professional Oral Presentations
  4. Interact professionally and educate clients, patients, peers, colleagues and medical/athletic personnel
  5. Apply a team approach to client and patient care

Goal 2: Foundational Behaviors

  1. Adhere to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association and National Academy of Sports Medicine code of ethics
  2. Identify ethical issues
  3. Deliver Client/Patient Center Services and Care
  4. Model professional conduct and behavior
  5. Advancing knowledge through the use of evidence based practice
  6. Practice Cultural Competence

Goal 3: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)

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

Goal 4: Professional Decision Making/Critical Thinking

  1. Incorporate evidence based practice into clinical decision making
  2. Create, implement and modify discipline specific programs to address special patient population and individual needs