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Exercise Science Certificate

Semester Requirements

William Brewer, Program Director
(585) 475-2476, wsbscl@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cos/medical/exercise_science.html

Program overview

College-level knowledge and professional certification are increasingly required for those who wish to work in the fitness industry, whether full- or part-time, in an athletic club, ski resort, or sports medicine facility. Knowledge of and professional certification in fitness instruction and programming also are of increasing value to allied health professionals who wish to augment their care or practice with the ability to prescribe exercise programs that address special medical needs.

The certificate in exercise science covers the basic principles of exercise physiology, fitness assessment, the preparation of fitness programs and prescriptions, and the development of exercise prescriptions for individuals with medical or other significant limitations. Students who successfully complete all three courses are prepared to sit for professional certification examinations from the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals, as well as for certifications from the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a number of other recognized organizations.

Curriculum

Exercise science, certificate, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
 
MEDS-295 Sports Physiology and Life Fitness 3
MEDS-296 Fitness Prescription 3
MEDS-297 Exercise for Special Populations 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 9

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

College-level knowledge and professional certification are increasingly required for those who wish to work in the fitness industry, whether full- or part-time, and whether in an athletic club, ski resort, or sports medicine facility. Knowledge of and professional certification in fitness instruction and programming also are of increasing value to allied health professionals who wish to augment their care or practice with the ability to prescribe exercise programs that address special medical needs. The certificate program in exercise science covers the basic principles of exercise physiology, fitness assessment, the preparation of fitness programs and prescriptions, and the development of exercise prescriptions for individuals with medical or other significant limitations. Students who successfully complete all three courses in the program will be prepared to sit for professional certification examinations from the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals as well as for certifications from the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a number of other recognized organizations.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Exercise science, certificate program, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
1026-305 Sports Physiology and Life Fitness 4
1026-306 Fitness Prescription and Programming 4
Choose one of the following courses: 4
   1026-307    Exercise Prescription for Special Populations  
   0620-300    Sports Nutrition  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 12

Exercise science, certificate program, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
 
MEDS-295 Sports Physiology and Life Fitness 3
MEDS-296 Fitness Prescription 3
MEDS-297 Exercise for Special Populations 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 9