Exercise and Rehabilitative Science
A student choosing to major in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences may choose Clinical Exercise Science, Exercise Science, Movement Science, or Strength and Conditioning. Each of these programs leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The programs in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences have been designed in accordance with the requirements of the leading national organizations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
- Students interested in working with patients having chronic conditions (such as cardiac, pulmonary) in a clinical setting should choose Clinical Exercise Science.
- Students interested in exercise and health programming in a variety of settings such as fitness centers, older adult facilities, or worksite settings should choose Exercise Science.
- Students interested in working with athletic populations in performance enhancement settings such as high schools, universities, private training facilities, or professional teams should choose Strength and Conditioning.
- Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in exercise or rehabilitative sciences (such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician’s assistant, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology) should choose Movement Science. Additional information on exercise science career opportunities can be found online through the following organizations: American College of Sports and Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and American Society of Exercise Physiologists.
For a checklist of the University’s graduation requirements, see the Academic Policies & University Requirements section of this catalog. Specific academic requirements for Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences majors are described within each major.
HERS Core Requirements (41 credits)
Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Sciences (30 credits)
- HERS 560/568 may count in place of HERS 460/468 for students accepted into MSAT program.
Statistics (3 credits)
Movement Science Option (ERMS)
This major option is designed to meet graduate school entrance requirements in a Movement Science field including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, physician’s assistant, chiropractic medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and motor learning. Students should meet early with the advisor to plan their program of study. The course of study provides students with a thorough understanding of areas related to both natural and movement science. Students choose a Research Focus, Academic Focus or Athletic Training Focus within the Movement Science Option.
All Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences: Movement Science Option students must meet all requirements for graduation specified in Academic Policies . In order to successfully complete the Movement Science option, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all University coursework, including Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences core coursework and Movement Science option coursework. If students fail to meet these requirements, they will be put on probation within the major and be given one semester to attain the 3.0 GPA. If, after one semester, the student fails to meet the 3.0 GPA, she/he will be dismissed from Movement Science program of study. Any student who has completed college/university coursework and would like to change their major to Movement Science must also have a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.
Each student in the research focus is required to develop an appropriate research project; perform data collection; and present the results as a poster presentation and journal article. This research experience will better enable the student to complete a graduate research project once they have gained acceptance into their respective graduate program of study. Students may apply for the Research Focus following the successful completion of the prerequisite courses below.
Research Focus Application
Research Focus applications include a 1-2 page statement of professional goals and experiences, personal contact information, and a current copy of collegiate transcripts. Application materials are due by May 15 to the Director of Movement Science (Gary Kastello, PhD, 363 Maxwell Hall). Notification of acceptance will be via email no later than May 30. Acceptance is competitive with 10-15 students accepted each year.
Students that do not gain acceptance into the Research Focus or do not apply to the Research Focus will be in the Movement Science Option: Academic Focus. Students choosing the academic focus within the Movement Science Option will be enabled to take a larger number of academic courses (7 credits) chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, or Statistics. This additional coursework will help the student’s breadth of academic knowledge and better enable students to successfully complete graduate academic coursework. Additionally, it may better enable students to acquire an undergraduate minor.
Athletic Training Focus
Students would enroll at WSU with the intention to graduate with a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree in five years. The Athletic Training Focus is designed to provide students with all the necessary prerequisite courses and degree requirements for admission into the professional phase of the program (graduate courses/clinical immersion). Upon successful acceptance into the professional phase of the program (1st semester of 3rd year) and the completion of the 4th year, students will be conferred an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences: Movement Science. At the completion of the professional program, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree. The 3+2 program is intended for students entering WSU as freshman or students who transfer/change majors early in their undergraduate education. Students that change majors or transfer to WSU are not guaranteed admission into the MSAT program, as official acceptance is part of a competitive process. Student should be aware that it may take additional time to complete all undergraduate and graduate requirements.
Once admitted to the professional phase of the program (graduate level) students will complete the academic curriculum and required clinical education experiences in a variety of athletic training settings. Students who complete the clinical education and academic requirements for the MSAT program are eligible for national certification through the Board of Certification (BOC).
Students interested in the graduate Athletic Training program must apply to the program, participate in a competitive selection process, and adhere to published retention guidelines. Important up to date information is available on the Athletic Training program website including:
- Program updates
- Application information and instructions
- Student cost information
- Clinical education requirements
- Retention guidelines
- Student rights and due process
Information contained on the Athletic Training program website is considered to be the most accurate and all program updates will be advertised and published there.
Movement Science Courses (22 credits)
Medical Terminology - choose one:
Research Focus (26-27 credits)
Communication - choose one:
Academic Focus (25-26 credits)
Communication - choose one:
Athletic Training Focus (23 credits)
Master of Science Athletic Training Courses (9 credits)
(only officially MSAT admitted graduate students - see graduate catalog)
- HERS 570 - Principles of Athletic Training (3 credits)
- HERS 571 - Clinical Examination and Diagnosis I (3 credits)
- HERS 572 - Clinical Examination and Diagnosis II (3 credits)
*Can double count as a General Education Requirement
**Counts toward academic focus if not taken in the movement science option
◎ = Oral Intensive
◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive
△ = Writing Intensive
✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement