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Exercise Science

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Chris Demczar

Pursuing a degree in the Exercise Science program at RIT was one of the greatest decisions I have made in my academic career.

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Jennifer Adams

My experience with the Exercise Science program at RIT provided the basis for me to become the Healthcare professional I am today.

Pursuing a degree in the Exercise Science program at RIT was one of the greatest decisions I have made in my academic career.  Under direction of Professor Brewer, who is very passionate about the field, I excelled in all my classes. As the leader of the program, he always made himself available for conversation and assistance when needed.  Each class that I enrolled in was well worth my time, as they provided their own unique challenges with different study topics, projects, and laboratory assignments.  The Exercise Science program allowed me to explore different avenues within the field, gaining practical experience that has put me in the forefront of Exercise Science today.  While at RIT, I worked as a personal trainer within the wellness department, a Strength and Conditioning Intern for the Division I Men’s Hockey Team, a summer intern at Penfield’s Eastside YMCA, and performed a senior level research project using the resources in the RIT fitness lab.  Upon graduation, my degree and experiences from RIT helped me to obtain a competitive internship in Boston, MA and was a large factor in my acceptance to Exercise Physiology graduate school at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  Exercise Science at RIT truly provided me an opportunity like no other.

My experience with the Exercise Science program at RIT provided the basis for me to become the Healthcare professional I am today. I am a 2012 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Science. I am also a 2015 graduate from Nazareth College with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I am a certified Personal Trainer and a licensed Physical Therapist.  I currently work as a Physical Therapist in the Common Wealth of Virginia, where I treat patients in both ambulatory and residential clinical settings.

I can honestly say that RIT’s outstanding Exercise Science program has helped me become the clinician I am today. Throughout my undergraduate work at RIT I had the wonderful opportunity to take classes such as Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Fitness Prescription and Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries. Many of the Exercise Science courses were taught by Professor Brewer, he was the most influential professor I had throughout my time at RIT. Professor Brewer incorporated real world clinical experience to every topic he taught.  He provided challenging but meaningful projects and exams and was one of the most approachable professors I had ever worked with. After each course, I had new and important knowledge that would serve me over and over throughout my time at RIT, Nazareth and even now as a working Physical Therapist.

The Exercise Science course work at RIT paid off ten-fold as I entered my studies at Nazareth College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Throughout my three years in the Nazareth DPT program I constantly referenced and referred to my Exercise Science experience at RIT.  It was more than just information in textbooks. RIT provided me the opportunity to gain real world experience all before I had even earned a B.S. degree.  Between the internships, co-ops (that Professor Brewer personally helped me find by using his own professional contacts) and part-time work as an Adjunct Wellness Instructor , where I worked as a personal trainer and fitness specialist, I was gaining experience that would continue to benefit me in my graduate work and in my current career.

I can confidently say the RIT Exercise Science Program built a strong foundation for my graduate academic studies and my healthcare career.  I would not have been able to achieve my academic and professional goals without my RIT Exercise Science experiences and background. 

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Natalie Snyder

Studying Exercise Science at Rochester Institute of Technology has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It led me to choose my career and fulfill my dreams and aspirations.

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Sean Rutherford

As an athlete, I thought it would be a good idea to take a couple of Exercise Science courses. Little did I know, these courses would spark an interest that would mold the rest of my education.

Studying Exercise Science at Rochester Institute of Technology has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It led me to choose my career and fulfill my dreams and aspirations.  The academic program and campus community at RIT has given me a holistic environment in which I could succeed. I have been able to pursue academics along with competing in Varsity Diving and numerous RIT campus interests. My preparation has allowed me to earn acceptance in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy graduate program immediately following my graduation from RIT in May 2016.

I took my first Exercise Science class, Exercise Physiology, with Professor Brewer when I was a biomedical engineering major. His course gave me a preview of the Exercise Science program and related careers, and I was intrigued. The Exercise Science program emphasizes the importance of the musculoskeletal system in optimizing the biomechanics of the body. Other unique courses such as Exercise for Special Populations and Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injures gave me the essential knowledge to prepare me for a future treating amputated veterans or elite athletes. Through coursework, and a co-op, I was able to combine my interest and skills in engineering with my academic pursuit of a career path incorporating exercise science with Physical Therapy.

I am confident the knowledge and preparation I gained at RIT has prepared me to begin my career, first in a graduate program and ultimately as a Licensed Physical Therapist. The Exercise Science program at RIT is unique in its emphasis, not only understanding, but also applying knowledge while collaborating with others in the classrooms.

I would also like to acknowledge that The Director of Exercise Science, Professor Brewer, was the most influential person in my career path. I believe you will find the Exercise Science Program to be as beneficial as I did.

When I first came to RIT as a freshman in 2010, I was unsure of which academic program I wanted to pursue. As an athlete, I thought it would be a good idea to take a couple of Exercise Science courses. Little did I know, these courses would spark an interest that would mold the rest of my education. I have always had a passion for sports and exercise and the professors in the Exercise Science program at RIT helped me to transform this passion into a career path. Upon finishing my coursework, I spent my final undergraduate semester as an intern in the RIT Fitness Lab, performing fitness evaluations and using my knowledge to teach clients how to improve their health and achieve their fitness goals. Since my graduation in 2014, I have been enrolled in Nazareth College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program and have continued to work with students at RIT as a Certified Personal Trainer. I will be receiving my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May of 2017. I could not be happier with my current path and I am grateful to my mentors at RIT who continue to teach, support, and inspire me.

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