Department of Exercise Science Programs

The Exercise Science Department offers nationally recognized programs in Athletic Training, Human Performance, Physical Education, Respiratory Care and/or School Health Education. Career options in the fitness and health industry (e.g., in corporate wellness, fitness training, clinical exercise physiology, human performance) are growing; Southern’s graduates have gone on to positively contribute to the health status and wellness-based lifestyles of different segments of the population, from young children to the elderly.

Athletic training is an allied health profession encompassing the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are regulated in 49 states to include Connecticut. Athletic trainers treat a broad range of patients and can be found in a variety of professional settings. Athletic trainers can be found providing health care services within high schools, colleges/universities, professional sport settings, performing arts, physician offices, hospitals, and several occupational settings.

The Southern Connecticut State University accelerated BS / MAT in athletic training offers eligible students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Athletic Training within a five-year period. Replacing our successful undergraduate program, this program meets the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation requirements that all entry- level athletic training programs be delivered at the graduate level following a reduced undergraduate experience. Our program is the first to meet Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements regarding minimum coursework for athletic trainers to be employed in the occupational setting.

Our unique athletic training curriculum begins following three years of undergraduate study focusing on developing a strong foundation in the sciences to include the exercise sciences. Students begin their graduate athletic training studies during that initial summer after admission into the graduate program. Subsequent study follows the traditional fall and spring semesters schedule with each semester divided into 8 week sessions. One session each semester is devoted to a period of concentrated classroom study with the second 8 weeks dedicated to an immersive clinical experience under the supervision of program preceptors.

Consistent with Southern’s commitment to access, the undergraduate aspect of our program provides a quality, lower cost alternative to most other programs nationally and facilitates the admission of transfer students. Students apply to Southern Connecticut as an athletic training major and proceed to complete undergraduate and professional prerequisite requirements. Students achieving a 3.0 and meeting all prerequisite courses shall be admitted into graduate
professional studies. For a list of prerequisite courses, retention and requirements students are strongly encouraged to visit the Southern undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Per accreditation requirements, the following outcomes are expected of students matriculating through the Southern Connecticut Athletic Training program.

  1. Athletic training students will demonstrate the expectations of a reflective allied health care practitioner who uses evidence-based decision making to enhance patient care and clinical outcomes.
    1. Students will demonstrate the expected knowledge and skills of an entry- level athletic trainer.
    2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying clinical skills by providing effective patient care based on evidence-based practice.
    3. Students will complete self-assessments during their clinical education to enhance clinical skills and remediate deficiencies.
    4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based practice concepts (Writing a PICO question, locating the best available evidence, and appraising the evidence) to support clinical practice decisions.
    5. Students will incorporate patient outcome models into their relevant clinical experiences.
  2. Athletic training students will promote and contribute to the athletic training profession in anticipation of becoming involved athletic training professionals.
    1. Students will be members of professional organizations.
    2. Students will enhance the athletic training profession and health care.
  3. Athletic training students will model professional and ethical behaviors to represent themselves as future health care providers when interacting with patients, other health care providers and professionals.

In compliance with the CAATE requirements, the following chart represents the current Board of Certification Examination pass rate for students completing the undergraduate athletic training program.

 

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At this time, we do not have any graduate students in the program. We are presenting the undergraduate results for historical comparison.

In adhering to the tenets of Southern Connecticut State University and the Exercise Science Department, the Athletic Training Program is committed to establishing itself as a regional and national leader in the preparation of entry-level athletic training professionals who will serve in a wide range of professional settings and become high quality health care providers and citizens. The program faculty will provide each student with excellent advisement, solid academic instruction and active, instructive clinical experiences while offering opportunities for student research and professional involvement.

Attention Prospective Students -- in line with changes in athletic training education nationwide, the Southern Connecticut Athletic Training program is in the process of transitioning its undergraduate program to the entry-level master's degree level. At this time, we are no longer accepting students to the B.S. program. Be sure to view the description for the Accelerated Athletic Training B.S./M.A.T. program for more details!

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Program Requirements

Southern’s Teacher Education Program is designed to prepared students to teach physical education in public and private schools. Successful completion of this program fulfills the academic requirements of the Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate for K-12 physical education.


Program Requirements

This 120-credit specialization in human performance is a non-teaching Bachelor of Science option for Exercise Science majors. The curriculum provides students with an understanding of the exercise sciences which include physiology of exercise, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, exercise testing & prescription, nutrition and exercise, and psychology of sport. The required six-credit internship provides the student an opportunity to apply scientific course work principles in a fitness, strength and conditioning, or clinical rehabilitation setting.

The Human Performance program is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Human performance graduates are prepared for employment in the physical fitness industry, strength & conditioning coaching, or cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, and are prepared for graduate schooling in exercise science, occupational or physical therapy, physician assistant, and chiropractic. The program curriculum and mission aligns with the Exercise is MedicineTM initiative, which encourages health care providers to include physical activity with prescriptive medicine when optimizing patient health.

Specific occupational opportunities include adult fitness in a corporate, community, commercial, or rehabilitation setting; youth fitness in public and private agencies; special population fitness for infants, the elderly, various clinical populations and physically and emotionally handicapped individuals; coaching or training in a college, high school, or Olympic training center; or research assistant in sports nutrition, biomechanics, or clinical exercise physiology.

84 percent of graduating undergraduates from 2016-17 were either placed in employment or were accepted or committed to graduate schooling in exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or physician assistant


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The purpose of the Master of Science in Human Performance is for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the exercise sciences.  Students are offered several areas of course emphases including: human performance, physiology of exercise and strength and conditioning.


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The Sport Psychology concentration is designed to offer the student in-depth study in the areas of Health Psychology, Performance Enhancement and Intervention.


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Coaching is an important career choice. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge into coaching through the study of sociological, psychological, medical and physical areas.  Coaching strategies, principles and perspectives from the individual, dual and team sport will be introduced. This minor is open to students from all majors interested in pursuing coaching.


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The minor addresses the foundations of exercise science.


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The Minor in School Health Education offers basic preparation in health education to individuals desiring to teach health in public schools.


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An interdisciplinary approach, which will provide the student insight into the study of sport. Students will focus on history, culture, ethical, race, class, gender and other approaches related to the study of sport and human athletic performance.


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The AS-to-BSRT program is designed to enhance the student's professional career in Respiratory Therapy. The curriculum provides students who hold Associate degree in the field of respiratory care and RRT certification, with the necessary skills and knowledge to be fully prepared to further assume professional leadership roles in clinical practice, research, education, marketing and management.

The mission of the AS-to-BSRT Program in Respiratory Care at SCSU is to provide sound instruction and resources for currently practicing respiratory care professionals, to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitude, and critical thinking necessary to function as successful and competent respiratory therapists. The AS-to-BSRT Program in Respiratory Care at SCSU fosters and promotes these important concepts through the advancement of education, teaching excellence, practice, research, community engagement and a commitment to lifelong learning.


Program Requirements

The AS-to-BSRT program is designed to enhance the student's professional career in Respiratory Therapy. The curriculum provides students who hold Associate degree in the field of respiratory care and RRT certification, with the necessary skills and knowledge to be fully prepared to further assume professional leadership roles in clinical practice, research, education, marketing and management.

The mission of the AS-to-BSRT Program in Respiratory Care at SCSU is to provide sound instruction and resources for currently practicing respiratory care professionals, to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitude, and critical thinking necessary to function as successful and competent respiratory therapists. The AS-to-BSRT Program in Respiratory Care at SCSU fosters and promotes these important concepts through the advancement of education, teaching excellence, practice, research, community engagement and a commitment to lifelong learning.


Program Requirements

A Master of Science Degree with a specialization in School Health Education is offered through the Exercise Science Department in the School of Health and Human Services.

The link between health status and student achievement is evidenced in a growing body of research. Ensuring that the health and wellness needs of young people are met is essential to improving educational achievement and improved health outcomes. Health education is the foundation for attaining health literacy and life-long healthy behaviors thus contributing to a healthy and productive society. The School Health Education program is vital in preparing professionals to lead, develop, and deliver such programs and to positively influence the wellbeing of children and families.

The mission of the School Health Education Program at Southern Connecticut State University is to prepare graduates as leaders in adolescent and school health education and promotion. Students will emerge with the skills and knowledge to coordinate, teach, and advocate for health education programs.

The School Health Education Program offers an innovative program of study that prepares students as leaders in the field of adolescent and school health education programs. The program addresses leadership and contemporary health topics and is designed to impart graduate- level national and state teacher preparation competencies that prepare professionals to deliver health education in and out of school settings. Students will expand their functional knowledge, skills, and comfort level to effectively plan, establish, implement, assess, evaluate and advocate for adolescent and school health programs. The program is standards-based, and the curriculum is developmentally-appropriate, evidence-based, and culturally-relevant and is designed to provide students with professional and educational experiences that promote positive health and educational outcomes of young people.


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