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
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Robert Chetlin
Robert Chetlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sports Medicine
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Josh Long, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES
Josh Long, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES
Program Director, Athletic Training Program
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Timothy Harvey
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