Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (Personal Training or Pre-Physical Therapy Track)
Our Exercise Science major offers two tracks: Personal Training and Pre-Physical Therapy. The Personal Training track prepares you for employment as an exercise specialist in community, corporate, university or clinical settings. The Pre-Physical Therapy track is tailored to prepare you for success in a doctoral physical therapy program. Our Pre-PT grads have an impressive acceptance rate in graduate programs in physical therapy.
Students taking the Personal Training Track will take five specific classes that cover the nine certification topics in-depth in preparation for the National Council on Strength and Fitness certification exam which is offered each spring on campus in one of our computer labs. The topics covered include anatomy, physiology, health, screening and evaluation, special populations, weight management, exercise prescription and training instruction.
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Techniques of Teaching Weight Training||Basic principles of fitness and weight training and their application to the classroom and conditioning programs.|
|Advanced Concepts of Personal Training||Prepares and qualifies students to work as personal trainers. Bridges the gap between exercise science related course work and the practical application skills of personal training.|
|Theory and Methodology of Resistance Training||A structured system of training can be established that incorporates training activities that target specific physiological, phychological and performance characteristics of individual sports and athletes.|
|Exercise Assessment and Prescription||Application of exercise physiological concepts to exercise prescription and programming including analysis of techniques used for health appraisal, risk stratification and fitness assessment, and evaluation of strategies used to promote physical activity.|
|Personal Training Practicum||Field experience for student trainers to work with clients of various ages, fitness levels, experiences, and goals.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Donovan Nelson, assistant professor of kinesiology, graduated from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, in 1998 and received a Master of Education in Sports Administration in 2003 from Wichita State University. Over the course of his career, he has been an educator and coach at the secondary level, an assistant principal/athletic director, a college instructor and [...]read more
Kevin King, assistant professor of kinesiology, has worked as an athletic trainer for all levels of athletes – from elementary school children to professional athletes. Prior to joining the Evangel faculty in 2007, he was the Program Director for Sport Strength and Conditioning for Cox Health Systems in Springfield, Missouri. He now serves as the [...]read more
Evangel's academic programs are designed specifically to prepare you for a career in the real world. But it's more than just job preparation; it's preparing you to make a full impact in your profession through the unique combination of faith and learning. Here are some of the professions this degree would prepare you for:
- Physical Education Teacher
- Personal Trainer
- YMCA Director
- Fitness Center Director
No special requirements for this program.
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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