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Program Details

Program specifics about earning an Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Associate of Science at Northland.

Northland’s Exercise Science Associate of Science (AS) degree program prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs across the state with junior-year status. This science-based program positions a student for pursuit of several careers, such as athletic director, recreational or athletic therapist, fitness trainer, exercise physiologist, or fitness tech engineer. And depending on where you are transferring, the Exercise Science Transfer Pathway could also lead to a pre-physical therapy Bachelor of Science or prepare you for further educational opportunities. Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

The curriculum includes instruction in the basic sciences and aspects of the subject matter related to various health and fitness occupations. Students completing the Exercise Science Associate of Science degree can take advantage of several statewide articulation agreements with Minnesota State Universities and should work with an advisor in identifying these opportunities. In addition, if a student were to decide prior to their final year of enrollment that an Associate of Arts degree would better fit their transfer needs, they may be able to complete this degree by making minor changes to their curriculum. Or, if they felt inspired to do so, with minor additions, a student could graduate with a double major and earn an Associate of Arts degree in addition to the Exercise Science AS degree.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will identify career path goals within exercise science with the intent of a career or transfer.
  2. Student will demonstrate foundational knowledge in the basic sciences (biology, physiology, and chemistry) pertinent to the field of exercise science.
  3. Student will apply basic scientific principles from exercise physiology and biomechanics to human movement and exercise.
  4. Student will describe the roles and functions of the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and nervous systems in the performance of physical movement.
  5. Student will demonstrate ability to identify and assess factors to support optimal performance and injury prevention.
  6. Student will explain how physical activity and nutrition contribute to wellness.
  7. Student will discuss ethical standards, expectations, and educational requirements in the exercise science professions.
  8. Student will discuss psychological factors that influence behavior change.
  9. Student will communicate effectively in writing and verbally in various settings.