Modifications made to enhance Exercise Science major
The name of the major has changed, but the name and mission of the department has not. What was formerly known as the health and human performance major, in Doane’s Health and Human Performance Department, is now recognized as the exercise science major. This change was made to more transparently identify and align with the curriculum found within the program.
The exercise science major, which is part of the Health Sciences Division in the School of Integrative Learning, prepares students for a career in physical therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, fitness management, and/or physical education. The exercise science major has evolved in an effort to be responsive to student needs and expectations in support of their professional goals.
Within the exercise science major are pre-professional pathways designed to provide students with a clear and linear path towards those professional programs. The pre-professional pathways offered within the exercise science major include: Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Strength and Conditioning. A pre-Occupational Therapy pathway is also currently being designed and proposed, which will be voted on in January. Strength and Conditioning is also now offered as a minor to any undergraduate student.
“We are especially excited about the addition of the Strength and Conditioning curriculum,” said Greg Seier, Director of Health and Human Performance at Doane. “Students who complete the strength and conditioning coursework are eligible to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NCSA) national certification exam as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). This is a highly recognized and respected qualification for those interested in working as a strength coach with sports teams at the high school, university, or professional level.”
Students in the exercise science major who are interested in athletic training will have the opportunity to be involved with the Doane Athletic Training Sports Medicine team, providing them the opportunity to learn from professional athletic trainers and have hands-on experience working with Doane student-athletes.
“The students see an injury from start to finish and everything that goes into it,” Seier said. “They also get experience working with a team. They have to buy into our daily routines and procedures because it is a fast-paced environment.”
Melissa Clouse, Director of Pre-Health programs, adds, “Many of our students enter college knowing they want to work in sports medicine but they don’t always realize the different career pathways that will allow them to do that. The modifications to the Health and Human Performance department recognize the value of practical experiences that will allow those students to start to distinguish what they want their careers to look like and to help ensure they are competitive candidates when it comes time for them to take the next step, whether that’s professional school or entering the workforce.”
For more information on Doane’s Exercise Science major, visit doane.edu/exercise-science.