The Applied Exercise and Health major is a comprehensive and structured curriculum that supplies students with the knowledge and practical experience to become leading professionals in the field of health and fitness. It is a cooperative educational program housed in the Department of Health & Kinesiology with support from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Division of Recreational Sports, and surrounding community organizations dedicated to promoting health and physical activity in all populations including children, adults, and seniors. The goals of the program are to prepare students as entry-level exercise specialists through one of two concentrations – Health Exercise Specialist or Sport Performance – and to prepare students to sit for and pass either the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist Exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam. Some Applied Exercise and Health students choose to pursue graduate or professional school (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.).
The Applied Exercise and Health major does not admit students directly from high school. Accordingly, if you want to apply for admission to either major concentration, you should enroll as a pre-Applied Exercise and Health student within the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the beginning of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue. This department is housed within the College of Health & Human Sciences. You may apply for admission to the Applied Exercise and Health major by completing the pre-Applied Exercise and Health requirements and making formal application during the second semester of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue. Once admitted to a concentration, the program takes a minimum of three years to complete.
Even if you have completed the pre-Applied Exercise and Health requirements, you cannot be guaranteed admission to either concentration in the Applied Exercise and Health major. The Department reserves the right to select students it feels are qualified to successfully complete the requirements for the major. If you are not admitted to the Applied Exercise and Health major, you may be eligible to change to a different major within the Department of Health and Kinesiology, the College of Health & Human Sciences, or another college or school at Purdue.
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