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Exercise Science

School of Integrative Learning

Location: Crete
Degree Type: 
Undergraduate

Defining Exercise Science + Sports Medicine

Exercise Science and Sports Medicine are expanding at a fast pace and relies on a wide range of individual skills, abilities, and knowledge. The Health and Human Performance industry is not "one size fits all", and your degree and advising shouldn't either.

The Health and Human Performance Department connects Doane's progressive approach to a flexible curriculum and individualized advising with student-tailored co-curricular experiences supported by excellent resources.

Many students have an interest in healthcare but aren't sure about the most appropriate major, let alone a specific career. That's okay! Often an undergraduate student objective in Health and Human Performance is to obtain admittance to their desired graduate program. While this is a priority for faculty and staff and Doane, of equal importance is helping students prepare for success in graduate school and to achieve a gratifying career in their chosen health field.

Exercise science is the study of movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations.

Sports medicine is the field of medicine concerned with injuries sustained in athletic endeavors, including their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Typical and Pre-Professional emphases for Doane students in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine include:

  • Physical Education
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Fitness Management
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Physical Education and Health

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The Doane Difference

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Rich Campus Culture

With over 60 student-led clubs and organizations, including a Student Programming Board that sponsors competitions and guest appearances, our campus is a community. From Athletes to Zumba enthusiasts, there is a place for you at Doane University. 

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Excellent Advising 

One of the most important college experiences is engaging and learning in your classes. At the Doane Learning Center, our students have free access to academic counseling and support to exceed in their studies. 

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Affordable Education

At Doane University, we reward students for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom. Through scholarships, grants, work-study, and on-campus employment, our students look forward to starting jobs, not payment plans. 

Program Information

Physical Therapists

2018 Median Pay: $87,930 per year
Job Outlook: +22% from 2018-2028
Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, patients' homes, and nursing homes. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.

Athletic Trainers

2018 Median Pay: $42,000 per year (Per NATA Salary Survey)
Job Outlook: +19% from 2018-2028
Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. Many athletic trainers work in educational settings, such as colleges, universities, elementary schools, and secondary schools. Others work in hospitals, fitness centers, or physicians' offices, or for professional sports teams.

Exercise Physiologist

2018 Median Pay: $49,270 per year
Job Outlook: +10% from 2018-2028
Exercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help injured, or sick patients recover. About half of all exercise physiologists are self-employed. Most others work for hospitals and other healthcare providers. Most exercise physiologists work full-time.

Internships in Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and Strength and Conditioning are focused on assisting staff on the prevention, recognition, management, treatment, enhancement, and rehabilitation of injuries, individuals, and illnesses. Students might also have to perform administrative or clerical duties.
Previous Health and Human Performance students have interned at:

Doane University Athletics

Football, Wrestling, Soccer, Basketball, Track, Softball & Baseball Coverage

Crete Physical Therapy

Owned by Doane Alum Casey Moeller, DPT

Lincoln Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab

With Chad Wemhoff, PT, SCS, Exercise Progression, Modalities, Zero Gravity Treadmill.

Synergy Chiropractic Spine and Joint

With Dr. Brad Hochstein; Active Release Therapy and Chiropractic

Lincoln Orthopedic Center

With Dr. Brandon M. Seifert, M.D.; Observe Surgeries, Clinic Rotations, Imaging, Lincoln Salt Dogs and Lincoln Stars, LOC & Lincoln Surgery Center

Crete Area Medical Center (CAMC)

ER, Inpatient Therapy, Imaging and Lab

Requirements for the Exercise Science Major:

Core Requirements (27 Credits)

IDS 206 Introduction to Research (3)
HHP 106 CPR, First Aid, & First Responder (2)
HHP 209 Nutrition (3)
HHP 345 Exercise Physiology (4)
HHP 346 Kinesiology/Applied Biomechanics (3)
HSI 110 Exploring Health Care (3)
HSI 210 Current and Emerging Issues in Health Care (3)
HSI 310 Experiences in Health Care (3)
HHP 425 Fitness Management (3)

Science Requirements (28 Credits)

BIO 110 Inq Lab: Intro to Biol Invest (3)
BIO 111 Energy Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 Inform of Life: Genetics to Evol (3)
BIO 215/355 Human Anatomy (4)
BIO 216/356 Human Physiology (4)
Biostats BIO 295 (3) or Applied Stats Social Science SSI 217 (3) or Statistics BUS 215 (3)
CHM 125 General Chemistry (4)
PHY 107 Intro Physics I (4)

Rhetorical Communication Requirements (3 Credits)

ENG 101 (3)
Community & Identity (3 Credits)
PSY 117 Intro to Psychology (3)

Complete at least one emphasis chosen from the following:

Pre-Athletic Training Pathway: (11 Credits)

Minor Requirement

Students are required to acquire one minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor requirement for this degree.

HHP 221 Fund in Athletic Training (2)
HHP 321 Tech for Orthopedic Eval (3)
HHP 448 Therapeutic Modalities/Exercise (3)
BIOL 210 Medical Terminology (3)

Pre-Physical Therapy Pathway: (17 credits)

Minor Requirement

Students are required to acquire one minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor requirement for this degree.

CHM 126 II General Chemistry II (4)
PHY 108 II Introductory Physics II (4)
ENG 201 Intermediate Writing (3)
SOC 109 Intro to Sociology (3)
BIOL 210 Medical Terminology (3)

Strength & Conditioning Pathway: (6 credits)

Minor Requirement

Students are required to acquire one minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor requirement for this degree.

HHP 330 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
HHP 340 Weight Training: Exercise Technique and Training (3)

Fitness Management: (16 credits)

HHP 117 - Organization and Administration I (2)
HHP 118 - Organization and Administration II (3)
HHP 209 - Nutrition (3)
HHP 233 - Personal Performance Competencies I (1)
HHP 234 - Personal Performance Competencies II (1)
HHP 352 - Perceptual Motor Development and Movement Experiences for School-Aged Children (3)
HHP 425 - Fitness Management (3)

Cognates: (32 credits)

ACC 103 - Financial Accounting (3)
BIO 101 - Introduction to Biology (4)
BIO 215 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) or BIO 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
BUS 205 - Business Writing (3) or CMM 113 - Basic News Writing and Reporting (3) or ENG
113 - Basic News Writing and Reporting (3)
BUS 215 - Statistics (3) or SSI 217 - Applied Statistics for Social Science (3) or BIO 295
Biostatistics (3)
BUS 242 - Management (3)
BUS 250 - The Legal Environment of Business (3)
BUS 251 - Marketing (3)
BUS 315 - Organizational Behavior (3) or BUS 361 - Contemporary Issues in Human Resource
Management (3)
SOC 109 - Introduction to Sociology (3) or PSY 117 - Introduction to Psychology (3)

Teaching Certification in Physical Education (K-12)

Students who are seeking certification for teaching in Physical Education (K-12) complete the following courses in addition to the Physical Education core.

HHP 101 - Physical Activity Course (1)  (Four terms)
HHP 104 - Theory of Lifetime Fitness (1)
HHP 117 - Organization and Administration I (2)
HHP 118 - Organization and Administration II (3)
HHP 201 - Issues of Health and Safety (3)
HHP 228 - Movement and Rhythmics for Young Children (2)
HHP 233 - Personal Performance Competencies I (1)
HHP 234 - Personal Performance Competencies II (1)
HHP 352 - Perceptual Motor Development and Movement Experiences for School-Aged Children (3)
HHP 355 - Adaptive Physical Education (3)
HHP 457 - Techniques of Teaching Physical Education I (7-12) (4)
HHP 458 - Techniques of Teaching Physical Education II (K-6) (3)
HHP 459 - Techniques of Teaching Physical Education III (K-12) (4)

Cognates:

BIO 101 - Introduction to Biology (4)
BIO 215 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) or BIO 216 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)

One additional teaching major:
All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

Certification for teaching Physical Education and Health Education

Students who are seeking certification for teaching in Physical Education (K-12) and Health must complete the following courses in addition to the physical education core.

HHP 101 - Physical Activity Course (1)  (Four terms)
HHP 104 - Theory of Lifetime Fitness (1)
HHP 117 - Organization and Administration I (2)
HHP 118 - Organization and Administration II (3)
HHP 201 - Issues of Health and Safety (3)
HHP 209 - Nutrition (3)
HHP 228 - Movement and Rhythmics for Young Children (2)
HHP 233 - Personal Performance Competencies I (1)
HHP 234 - Personal Performance Competencies II (1)
HHP 320 - Techniques of Teaching Health Education (3)
HHP 352 - Perceptual Motor Development and Movement Experiences for School-Aged Children (3)
HHP 355 - Adaptive Physical Education (3)
HHP 457 - Techniques of Teaching Physical Education I (7-12) (4)
HHP 458 - Techniques of Teaching Physical Education II (K-6) (3)
HHP 459 - Techniques of Teaching Physical Education III (K-12) (4)

Cognates:

BIO 110 - Inquiry Laboratory: Introduction to Biological Investigation (3)
BIO 111 - Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 - Information of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 215 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
PSY 117 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 259 - Lifespan Development (3)
PSY 310 - Human Sexuality (3)

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

Teaching Certification Nutrition Requirement:

HHP 209 Nutrition must be completed at Doane University College of Education.

Doane Athletic Training (DAT)

Doane Athletic Training (DAT) is closely related to the Student Athletic Training (SAT) staff in the Doane Athletics Training Room. It builds a closer bond between the SATs who can share encouragement and concerns during their consideration and pursuit of graduate school: whether it's for Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, or one of the many other possibilities. Moreover, they gain experience with "hands-on" work with healthcare professionals.
Greg Seier

Greg Seier

Director of HHP, Associate Professor of Practice
Health and Human Performance
Ethan Pearson

Ethan Pearson

Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer
Athletic Department

Micaela Kelso-Otieno

Athletic Trainer
Athletic Department
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Cindy Meyer

Associate Professor
Health and Human Performance
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I liked the small class sizes where I felt comfortable enough to ask questions and the professors knew me.

Paige Hild (nee Benner) '17
Exercise Science

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