The fitness industry has grown at a very fast rate and the demand for qualified professionals to manage and staff fitness programs has also grown rapidly. The health and fitness program includes courses and clinical practices designed for students to develop knowledge and skill in areas such as exercise physiology, basic health studies, human development, biomechanics, applied anatomy, foundations of exercise techniques, principles of safety during exercise, health screenings, fitness evaluation and prescription, fitness program management, and techniques of leading educational training sessions. Clinical education experiences take place in the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Nutrition, the Recreational Sports Center (RSC), and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA). Students also complete an internship that provides further opportunity for application of knowledge obtained in their coursework.
The goals of the health and fitness program are to have the student obtain a Bachelor of Science degree, prepare for certification testing from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and/or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and prepare for potential employment in medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, senior living centers, commercial health clubs, and sports training centers.
Applied Exercise & Health Degree Requirement Sheet
Applied Exercise & Health with the Health Exercise Specialist Concentration Four Year Plan
Applied Exercise & Health with the Sport Performance Concentration Four Year Plan
Internship (HK 49200) Information
Dan German - a Purdue student who lives well
Boiler Bytes: Students reach out to the community through Pete's Pals
Plan of Study Worksheet
Registration Time Grid
National Strength and Conditioning Association
American Council on Exercise
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America