Transform your passion for health and fitness into a career as an exercise specialist, an exercise physiologist, a strength coach, a personal trainer, a cardiac rehab specialist or a fitness director. Our curriculum — from strength training, to injury management, exercise assessment, to nutrition — provides majors with the necessary didactic and clinical experiences required to sit for two industry-leading credentialing exams: NSCA-CSCS and the ACSM-CPT. Students train in small classes, get substantial one-on-one time with faculty and practice using only top-of-the-line exercise and assessment equipment. Additionally, students can gain experience serving as strength consultants to the Mercyhurst Athletic community during their junior and senior years. As a graduation requirement, majors must also complete a required 200-hour internship in a clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of patient pre-participation health screening, risk classification, and evaluation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the benefits and risks associated with physical activity
  • Demonstrate knowledge of health related physical fitness testing, interpretation, and exercise prescription in the healthy population
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behavioral theories and strategies for promoting exercise and health
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research methodology and scientific writing

Contact Us

Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 814-824-2202
Email: admissions@mercyhurst.edu