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Exercise Science, Allied Health Pre-Professional Concentration, BS

The Exercise Science, Allied Health Pre-Professional Concentration, BS program prepares you for further study or employment by integrating applied, hands-on learning experiences with a firm understanding of basic facts, theory and research about health and physical activity.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn how the body responds and adapts to physical activity and exercise. All students must complete core coursework in exercise programming, motor behavior, psychology, injury prevention, and nutrition. The Allied Health Pre-Professional Concentration prepares you for further study in the medical and rehabilitative fields through additional coursework in medical terminology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and clinical populations. Internships are a key part of your preparing for your future and our program requires that all students complete an internship to expand your experiences.

Kami Holt

Meet Kami Holt '20

"Everything you learn can be applied to daily life and a career. You will learn so much that will prepare you for the next chapter of your life."

How Kami Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

Entry Requirements – 

  • High school students interested in the Allied Health concentration of the Exercise Science program must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Top 50% of graduating class and overall high school GPA of 3.40 or better
  • Students transferring from another major or another university must meet the following criteria:
    • Completion of at least 15 credits with a GPA of 2.50 or above
    • Completion of BIO 161, BIO 162, or BIO 237 (or their equivalents) with a grade of C or higher


Students in this concentration could pursue minors in areas such as:

  • Biologyg
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology
  • Disability studies
  • Chemistry minors 

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Students who complete this concentration are prepared to further their studies and training by applying to graduate school to become a health science or allied health professional in areas such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Athletic training
  • Nursing
  • Physician assistant
  • Chiropractic medicine

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for Exercise Science alumni
The estimated salary for Exercise Science alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Small classes of about 20 students mean lots of one-on-one interactions with faculty. This allows you to build close relationships that blossom into strong networks as you move forward as a professional. All major courses are taught by passionate, experienced and engaged faculty members.

Ship’s facilities are top notch and you’ll be very active for a great deal of your class time because of them. The Metabolic Analysis Lab and Movement Science Lab are stocked with equipment and instruments for testing strength, gait, glucose and cardiorespiratory endurance. We also have the only on-site elementary school in the state, which provides opportunities for exercise science students to conduct pediatric exercise testing and programming.

Our program is well respected in the region. That’s because our graduates are making a difference in a variety of fields, but also in part because they present research at regional conferences.

Students also become CPR/AED and First Aid certified through the National Safety Council.

You are encouraged to participate in the Exercise Science Club and the Exercise Science Honors Society (if eligible).

Contact the Exercise Science Department

Henderson Gym 109 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1721 Fax: (717) 477-4083