The athletic training major prepares students to sit for the national Board of Certification examination. Approximately two-thirds of the graduates in this major continue on to get their master's degree and then employment in athletic training, working at colleges, high schools or clinics. They may pursue a Ph.D. in a related academic discipline. The other one-third generally pursue degrees in other allied health fields such as medicine (D.O., M.D.), physician assistant and physical therapy.
The exercise science major has been developed to prepare students for graduate school in exercise science, personal training, and strength and conditioning. These majors may also sit for certifications sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine and/or may directly enter the work force in personal training and other wellness areas. With a few additional courses, students may pursue careers in other allied health professions like physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Physical education majors may gain practical experience as undergraduates by interning as assistant coaches in city recreation programs and intramurals. Individuals who desire to pursue careers outside of the educational realm will find opportunities in health and fitness centers, hospitals, corporate and private sport clubs, and sport facility management.
A physical education major with teacher certification prepares the student for teaching and/or coaching in the public or private schools at the elementary, secondary or K-12 level. These students are also prepared to organize and manage after-school programs in health and wellness areas.
The department also has minors in physical education, physical education with teaching certification, health, and health education with teaching certification.