The athletic training major prepares students to sit for the national Board of Certification examination. Approximately two-thirds of the graduates in this major continue on to get their master's degree and then employment in athletic training, working at colleges, high schools or clinics. They may pursue a Ph.D. in a related academic discipline. The other one-third generally pursue degrees in other allied health fields such as medicine (D.O., M.D.), physician assistant and physical therapy.
The exercise science major has been developed to prepare students for graduate school in exercise science, personal training, and strength and conditioning. These majors may also sit for certifications sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine and/or may directly enter the work force in personal training and other wellness areas. With a few additional courses, students may pursue careers in other allied health professions like physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
The department also has minors in health and health education with teaching certification.