Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org ) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
 1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

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Pre-Health Professional Track

The Pre Health Professional Track in the Exercise Science program blends core exercise science courses with key courses required for graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other healthcare programs.  Graduate program requirements can vary by institution and by discipline. Sophomore undergraduate students are encouraged to explore graduate school requirements for each potential institution they wish to attend.  Academic advisors are available to assist students with incorporating these requirements into his/her academic plan.

There is no guaranteed admittance into graduate school by completing these prerequisites, as each student is responsible for meeting each graduate school's requirements and successfully completing the admission process. To improve success, students should demonstrate exceptional academic performance, possess leadership skills and organizational involvement, demonstrate knowledge of the profession, have good communication abilities, and demonstrate service to the community.

While Murray State does not offer the following graduate programs, many EXS Pre-Health Professional students are ultimately pursing careers in occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists are licensed healthcare providers that provide services to individuals who are limited by physical injury, illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, aging or other difficulties that may inhibit daily function. Occupational therapy services include teaching daily living skills, developing perceptual-motor skills, improving integrative sensory function, designing and applying selected prosthetic or orthotic devices, utilization of assistive devices, and adaptation of the environment for individuals with special needs.  For more information about a career in occupational therapy, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a health care profession that focuses on improving optimal health, movement, and function. Physical therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, diagnose, and provide interventions to minimize or alleviate dysfunction. To practice physical therapy, one must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national board examination to obtain licensure. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings and with individuals throughout the lifespan. For more information about a career in physical therapy, visit the American Physical Therapy Association website

Physician Assistant

The profession of physician assistant (PA) has grown rapidly over the past few years and offers many options for the graduate to work in numerous areas of medicine under the supervision of a physician.  For more information about a career as a physician assistant, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants

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Wellness Track

Exercise Science graduates who have completed the Wellness Track work with other health care professionals to provide clients with information designed to manage or prevent health issues through physical activity and healthy lifestyle education. Graduates are skilled at evaluating behaviors that impact health, identifying health risk factors, performing fitness assessments, and prescribing exercise programs. The Wellness Track also prepares students for professional certifications in fitness or strength and conditioning (e.g. ACSM and NSCA) and for graduate study in the field. Individuals with an exercise science degree work in a variety of settings such as fitness facilities, hospital wellness centers, cardiac rehab, commercial settings, rehabilitation facilities, and other agencies.  

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 Program Outcomes

Year Number of graduates
(May, December, August)
Admitted Graduate satisfaction Graduate placement
2016 45 40 100% 82%


For accreditation tracking purposes, the EXS program considers students are “admitted” to the EXS program upon completion of the following requirements: 1) Human Anatomy with lab (BIO 227/228), 2) at least two classes within the EXS core curriculum. Approximately 40 students have completed the aforementioned courses in the tracking period (2016 calendar year).

Graduate satisfaction

The CoAES Graduate Survey was distributed to all graduates. Thirty-three (33) of the 45 were returned (73.3% return rate). All (N=33) were “satisfactory” (i.e. greater than or equal to 6 questions rated 3 or greater on the 5 point Likert scale).

Graduate placement

Per EXS Program tracking, of the 45 graduates in 2016, 24 have been accepted to professional or graduate programs (physical therapy, occupational therapy, plus others) and 5 more have applied. Nine (9) graduates are employed in an EXS or related field. Six (6) graduates in the 2016 tracking period were unable to be reached; therefore, their employment status is unknown. One graduate is pursuing a passion unrelated to the field.

Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

MSATA- Murray State Athletic Trainers Association

EXS Club- Exercise Science