Exercise Science Degree: Exercise Science is a science-based approach to analyzing and improving human performance. Students learn both the theory and practice of assessing, designing, and implementing effective exercise programs to a variety of populations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for fitness trainers, instructors and other wellness professionals is expected to grow by 24 percent by 2020, much quicker than other job sectors.
American College of Sports Medicine has reported the following as some career opportunities available to fitness professionals: Exercise Physiologist, Corporate Wellness Professional, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Fitness Center Director. Also, a degree in Exercise Science can be used as a pre-professional degree in the pursuit of the following professions: Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Physician's Assistant. These professions required advanced degrees. Exercise Science is a great way for people who like to help others, and are passionate about health and fitness. These professionals learn to create individualized and group exercise programs for apparently healthy populations and special-need populations. Normandale offers an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Exercise science and also has a partnership program with Southwest Minnesota State University where they offer their Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science on Normandale's campus in conjunction with the Associate of Science degree.
Exercise Specialist Certificate: These professionals create individualized and group exercise programs for healthy populations and special-need populations. The Exercise Specialist Certificate is a 12 credit certificate that includes courses that provide comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students to successfully participate in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Training Examination and enter the workforce as a personal trainer working with generally healthy populations.