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Earn your degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Clinical / Pre-Professional at Pittsburg State.

Fight against the diseases associated with inactivity, sedentary behavior, and unhealthy lifestyles. 

Pitt State offers hands-on laboratory courses with state-of-the-art exercise, metabolic, and cardiopulmonary equipment. Conduct groundbreaking student research to educate healthcare professionals on the importance of physical activity. 

What is a pre-professional program?

A pre-professional program prepares students for graduate studies.

Pre-professional programs typically do not lead to certification or licensure in a specific profession. Instead, it serves as a stepping stone to a professional program.

What professional programs can I apply to with an Exercise Science degree?

Exercise science graduates pursue advanced degrees in fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or exercise physiology.

Our Clinical / Pre-Professional emphasis is perfect for students who want to enter a graduate program in:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical sciences
  • Chiropractic medicine

Exercise Science jobs with a clinical focus

Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Private fitness facilities

Some of the common job titles in the clinical sector for exercise science graduates include:

  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist: Help patients with chronic diseases or disabilities develop and implement exercise programs that can improve their health.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist: Help patients who have experienced heart disease or heart surgery. They develop exercise programs to mitigate high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist: Help patients who have lung disease or breathing problems.
  • Sports Medicine Physician: Prevent and treat the injuries of athletes. 
  • Physical Therapist: Help patients to improve mobility, strength, and flexibility. 
  • Occupational Therapist: Help patients develop skills necessary to perform daily activities. 
  • Exercise Science Researcher: Conduct research on the effects of exercise on health, disease, and performance. They may design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and publish scientific papers.


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  • Applied Physiology Laboratory

This lab is a student and research-driven educational center. Practice on state-of-the-art equipment. Gather data on firefighters, law enforcement officers, collegiate athletes, and more!

About Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management, and Physical Education, seven minors and certificates in Dance, Coaching, and Hospitality Management, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, there are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs.

Learn more about our program objectives.

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