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Health Sciences

Exercise Science

Exercise Science at Merrimack involves the study of the science of exercise and human movement and the role of physical activity and exercise in health and disease. Students will learn the anatomical, biomedical, and physiological basis of human movement and how inactivity might contribute to chronic disease. Students will also be able to apply their knowledge to real world settings through experiential learning and internship experiences. 

Graduates of the Exercise Science program are academically prepared for graduate study in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, and Physician Assistant programs, as well as graduate study in public health and biomedical sciences. Our graduates have been successful in a number of graduate programs in the New England region, including Simmons College, University of Vermont, UMass Lowell, University of Rhode Island and Franklin Pierce College. 

Graduates from the Exercise Science program are also prepared to work in a variety of settings, including health promotion, strength and conditioning, and personal training and fitness. Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam (National Strength and Conditioning Association) or the Certified Exercise Physiologist exam (American College of Sports Medicine).