The mission of the Exercise Science Program is to immerse students in a CoAES accredited curriculum that provides a comprehensive understanding of Exercise Science (exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, clinical and laboratory exercise testing, performance assessment and fitness and wellness principles) to address the multi-disciplinary nature of the field of exercise science. The program offers multiple unique internship experiences in the greater Boston area, a research-based Capstone course, , and courses that exemplify Lasell's unique Connected Learning environment, facilitated by faculty with noted industry experience. Graduates of the program will be well positioned to pursue graduate studies (exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training and other health professions) or professional employment. The goal of the program is to produce well-educated, highly skilled, nationally certified professionals for the dynamic and diverse field of exercise science.
Exercise Science specialists are knowledgeable in the areas of exercise physiology, kinesiology, human performance assessment, fitness, wellness, and strength and conditioning. As members of the health care community, they are dedicated to health enhancement and are responsible for the development and coordination of exercise programs. An exercise specialist is responsible for the training and education of patients and clients through exercise prescriptions and programs. Using exercise as a preventative measure or a rehabilitative tool, exercise science specialists work in a variety of settings including professional athletics, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, fitness centers, universities and research institutions.
Lasell University's Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Exercise Science (CoAES). In addition to being CoAES and CAHHEP accredited, the program is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The Exercise Science program provides knowledge, skills and abilities to prepare students for entry into the exercise science industry in a variety of specialty areas. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Strength and Conditioning Associates (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Exam; National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer Exam; and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam. Additional cost is associated with each certification exam. Moreover, Exercise Science majors have the option to participate in domestic and international service-learning as well as study abroad programs.
The program curriculum focuses on the study of the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, human metabolism, human movement, and behavioral sciences. Utilizing our connected learning philosophy, concepts, theories and skills learned in the classroom are reinforced in our various exercise science laboratories and field experiences. Graduates of the program are well-prepared and qualified to enter the field of exercise science in a variety of setting including hospitals, research, centers, strength and conditioning facilities , and fitness centers. Academic standards for the Exercise Science Program include grades of "C" or better in all EXSC courses.