We prepare students for graduate school opportunities in exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, gerontology, wellness management, sports medicine, health and physical education and teacher certification.

A major in Health & Exercise Physiology (HEP) receives hands-on pre-professional experience with a science-based liberal arts education that provides the skills and knowledgebase which graduate schools and professional employers demand and can lead to careers in such areas as exercise physiology, physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy and athletic training. Select areas of concentration within the HEP Department also prepare students for careers in teaching health and physical education (K-12), or for employment as a wellness-fitness professional.

Majors in HEP select a concentration in Health Science or Teacher Certification and can also minor in Wellness Education, Human Performance and/or Coaching.  Students engage in project-based, hands-on classes and field experiences with an emphasis on an in-depth understanding of the human body.  Students have the opportunity to work closely with senior faculty and certified athletic trainers.  Individual students’ academic programs may be tailored to their chosen career or graduate school path. 

 Where do YOU see yourself?

  • Interested in working with people in one of the many allied health fields?
  • Do you want to become a health and physical education teacher (k-12)?
  • Do you see yourself as an athletic trainer or working in the field of sports medicine?
  • Are you interested in completing research studies on the human body?




Samantha Close
Allison Emick
Allyson Getty
Vincent Terry
Angela Upright