- exercise programming specialization


The exercise programming specialization is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers based upon their interest. The curriculum is focused on 'hands-on' learning and the application of concepts that assists students with their transition into their chosen career or graduate program. The specialization is unique in that it allows students not only one, but two distinct field experiences, including a culminating internship that prepares students to enter the workforce with experience and confidence.   

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Display knowledge, skills, and abilities to screen, test, prescribe, motivate, counsel, educate, and individualize muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory training, and/or other physical fitness and lifestyle programs for normal and special populations;

2. Understand the scientific bases of exercise programming, not limited to but including exercise physiology, human anatomy, biomechanics, care and prevention of injuries, safety and emergency procedures, and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid for exercise settings;

3. Demonstrate use of administrative content, and facilities and equipment information in exercise programming.

The course requirements for the exercise programming specialization can be found within the current exercise science checksheet:



CoAES Graduate Satisfaction Survey Results 2017

Each semester, students completing the capstone internship are asked to complete a Graduate Survey provided by the Committee on the Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Interns rate the following survey questions on a 5-point Likert scale. 

(5 = Strongly Agree, 4 = Agree, 3 = Somewhat Agree, 2 = Disagree, 1 = Strongly Disagree)

  1. The coursework portion adequately prepared me for my present position.
  2. The clinical/practical portion adequately prepared me for my present position.            
  3. The program adequately prepared me for the certification exam.
  4. Program faculty were available for assistance.
  5. Program faculty were sensitive to student needs, and treated students equally and with respect.
  6. Program faculty were supportive of the students, and provided constructive evaluations.         
  7. Program officials were competent, knowledgeable, and well-prepared for instruction. Questions and independent thinking were encouraged.
  8. Program policies and procedures were clearly defined and enforced.

Qualitative responses are also requested for the following questions:

                9. What do you feel were the strengths of the program?
                10. What do you feel were the weaknesses of the program?
                11. If you could make changes in the program, what would you change?
                12. What portions of the program would you keep, and why?
                13. Comments about your education:

BGSU Exercise Science Program – Exercise Programming Specialization Results for 2017

Spring 2017

Graduates’ ratings for all questions: Mean ± S.D.  4.6 ± 0.7/5 = 92%  Survey Return:27/35 = 77%

Summer 2017

Graduates’ ratings for all questions: Mean ± S.D.  4.3 ± 0.7/5 = 86%   Survey Return:17/26 = 65%

Fall 2017

Graduates’ ratings for all questions: Mean ± S.D.  4.5 ± 0.7/5 = 90%    Survey Return: 8/9 = 89%

Analysis of results:  Students responses for questions 1-8 of the Graduate Survey means ranged from 4.0 to 4.8 on the 5-point scale (i.e., 4 = Agree; 5 = Strongly Agree). Students’ open-ended responses indicated that students believe the faculty are knowledgeable and helpful. In addition, they rated the introductory and capstone internships as strengths of the program.