Careers in Exercise Science


Careers in Exercise Science

Learn why Exercise Science is in such high demand in the healthcare field of study.

Career Paths for Exercise Science Majors

The Exercise Science Program prepares you to enter a multitude of health-related careers. The program also provides students with the educational background and experiences necessary to pursue a certification such as the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) and other National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited certifications.

Career Options

  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Corporate Fitness/Wellness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Graduate Opportunities

An Exercise Science degree may be used as a stepping stone for graduate education in the pursuit of the following occupations:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
white female Exercise science major

Emily Ketchum, BS
2021-2022 EXS graduate

  • Attending Shenandoah University-Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
white female Exercise science major

Emily Sullivan, BS
2021-2022 EXS graduate

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • Attending UNCW – Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)
black female Exercise science major

Empris Smith, BS
2021-2022 EXS graduate

  • Attending Lynchburg University- Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)
white female Exercise science major

Alissa Avery, BS
2020-2021 EXS Graduate

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • Exercise Specialist at Manual Physical Therapy Inc.
white male Exercise science major

Nadeem Jaber, BS
2020-2021 EXS graduate

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • Attending Methodist University- Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
black female Exercise science major

Bryona Knight, BS
2020-2021 EXS graduate

  • Attending Baylor University-Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
white female Exercise science major

Brittany Moore, BS
2020-2021 EXS Graduate

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • Physical Therapy Tech at Goldsboro Physical Therapy & Wellness
Hispanic male Exercise science major

Rolando Valladarez, BS
2020-2021 EXS Graduate

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • Exercise Physiologist at Manual Physical Therapy Inc.
white female Exercise science major

Sarah Western, BS
2019-2020 EXS graduate

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • Attending Wingate University-Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
white male Exercise science major

Tyler Ricks, PT, DPT
2018-2019 EXS Graduate

  • Attended East Carolina University- Department of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapist at Goldsboro Physical Therapy and Fitness
white female Exercise science major

Hannah Tolson, OTR/L
2017-2018 EXS Graduate

  • Attended Lenoir-Rhyne University- School of Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapist at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
hispanic male Exercise science major

Alexis Rodriguez, MS
2013-2014 EXS Graduate

  • Attended Appalachian State University- Department of Health & Exercise Science
  • Athletics Specialist for the City of Rocky Mount in the Parks & Recreation Department

Continuing Education Opportunities

Complete your Exercise Science degree at NCWC and pursue a graduate degree in athletic training, physical therapy and/or occupational therapy. Get the information you need to know including requirements and prerequisites before applying to any graduate program.

North Carolina Wesleyan University is one of only 156 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine® initiative for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Campus-wide initiatives focused on physical activity and health at the College helped Wesleyan earn silver-level designation from the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) program.

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Exercise Science External Resources


Slippery Rock University Articulation Agreement

The NC Wesleyan Exercise Science Program has partnered with Slippery Rock University to offer options that will allow our students the opportunity to transition seamlessly into the Master of Science in Athletic Training program at SRU. This athletic training program provides rigorous academic curricula and a superior hands-on, patient-centered clinical experience. Read entire article – Master of Science in Athletic Training at SRU-An Articulation Agreement.

Master of Science in Athletic Training Articulation Agreement with SRU

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