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Study Exercise Science - Clinical/Pre-Professional track

Major in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Clinical/Pre-Professional

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

The exercise science major with a clinical focus bridges the gap between physical activity and healthcare, promoting better health outcomes for individuals with medical challenges.

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.

Applied Physiology Lab

Conduct experiments and explore the latest techniques in physiology, biomechanics, clinical exercise, and more.

Cutting-Edge Research

Our students work alongside faculty who are actively engaged in groundbreaking research projects.

Hands-On Learning

Our program incorporates laboratory work, research internships, and practical training, enabling you to develop technical expertise.

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.


Additional information
for the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

Catalog – see program guides