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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to be accepted into Kinesiology in order to pursue the Exercise & Fitness emphasis?

A: Yes. Students need to be admitted to the Kinesiology major at which time they will select one of our three emphases (Exercise & Fitness, Strength & Conditioning, or Healthcare Science).

Q: I want to be an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or Physician’s Assistant. Should I choose Exercise & Fitness?

A: Many students are choosing the Exercise & Fitness emphasis as one pathway to acceptance in one of these professions. It largely depends on your interests, learning style, and timeline. We have observed that students with a background in athletics and/or those who enjoy regular exercise often find our Kinesiology classes enjoyable and interesting. This will inevitably lead to more success in the classroom which can better position a student for acceptance into those very competitive professional schools.

Q: Is graduate school required for me to advance in Exercise & Fitness?

A: This is not always a clear cut answer and really depends on what you eventually hope to do with your career. Many of our students express interest early on with becoming Personal Trainers.  While this can certainly be worthwhile and fulfilling for some, it remains an unregulated profession.  We have had several former students advance career-wise in this field by earning advanced degrees and seeking upper management positions where they supervise other Personal Trainers.

Q: Will there be opportunities for me to become involved with research?

A: Our curriculum includes a required course called Research Techniques. Students who show an interest will have the opportunity to work with faculty-led research studies and present the results at state-wide, regional, and national conferences.

Q: I’m not sure what I want to do; I enjoy exercise and staying in shape but I was never very athletic.  How will I know if this is the best career path for me?

A: There is no magic answer for this but trust your instincts.  If you have a passion for something, that is the first step toward determining if it is an area you want to learn more about.  We have current and former athletes in this major as well as students who were not involved with athletics at any point in their lives.  Our goals in Exercise & Fitness include transforming a predominantly sedentary adult population into a more physically active, disease resistant population.  This work can be done effectively by both athletes and non-athletes alike.  Job shadowing and observing people is perhaps the most effective way to determine if this is the best academic program for you.

Q: Can I meet with someone involved with the program, faculty or student?

A: Yes, we would love to talk with you!  Please contact Dr. Dan Schmidt at to schedule a day and time to meet.

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by Hagan, Mackenzie L last modified Jun 04, 2014 12:03 PM