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Applied Exercise and Health

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NOTE: Starting Fall 2017, students will no longer be admitted into the Applied Exercise and Health major. Please view the new major, Kinesiology with Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration.

The Applied Exercise & 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 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 and to prepare students to sit for and pass either the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam®. Some Applied Exercise & Health students choose to pursue graduate or professional school (physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), etc.).

Potential Job Titles

  • Wellness Manager
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Personal Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Fitness Manager/Coordinator/Specialist

Experiential Learning

  • Gain over 300 hours of hands-on clinical experience throughout the program
  • Become an ACE Certified Personal Trainer during your second year in the program
  • Complete a 430 hour internship in such locations as Chicago, Indianapolis, or anywhere in the world
  • Participate in a departmental study abroad opportunity during the summer to Beijing Sport University

Potential Graduate School Options

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy (PT)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Recreational Therapy


  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Public Health Studies
  • Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Motor Learning, Development,
    & Biomechanics
  • Essentials of Nutrition
  • Applied Clinical Anatomy
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health Behavior & Promotion
  • Health Screening & Fitness Evaluation
  • Exercise Program Design
  • Health & Fitness Program Management
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations
  • Lifespan Development
  • Complete list of HK courses and descriptions

Sample Degree Requirements & Plan of Study

Majors Degree Requirements / Four Year Plan by Catalog Year
Applied Exercise and Health (APEX) 2016 2015 2014    
*Applied Exercise and Health with Health Exercise Concentration (APEX+HEXS) ** ** ** 2013 2012
*Applied Exercise and Health with Sport Performance Concentration (APEX+SPRT) ** ** ** 2013 2012

*This degree program is either no longer accepting applicants and/or no longer offered.

**No degree requirements are available due to the fact that this degree program is either no longer accepting applicants and/or no longer offered.