Mercyhurst University

Exercise Science Bachelor of Science

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.

Meet the Faculty

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Bradley Jacobson
Bradley Jacobson, MA, ATC
Department Chair, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physician Assistant, and Pre-Occupational Therapy
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Dr. Christopher Rial, D.O.
Dr. Christopher Rial, D.O.
Medical Education Coordinator of Sports Medicine
Robert Chetlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sports Medicine
Josh Long, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES
Program Director, Athletic Training Program
Timothy Harvey, MS, ATC
Coordinator of Health/Fitness Promotion Concentration, Instructor
Melissa Lustic-Long
Melissa Lustic-Long MS, ATC, CSCS
Clinical Educational Coordinator/Instructor of Athletic Training