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Students working out in Fitness Center
March 04, 2024

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Identifying the increasing societal need for health professionals with unique skill sets, ҹ첥 has officially launched a major in Exercise Science which will roll out this fall.  In Massachusetts alone, the job growth for the Exercise Science field is projected to be nearly 30% by the year 2032.

Housed in the ҹ첥 School of Nursing, the Exercise Science major emphasizes hands-on learning for practical application and prepares students for successful careers in fitness, wellness, sports performance, athletic training, medical fields, and more.

“Students can expect to be immersed in a curriculum based on experiential learning and academic preparation across various roles within the profession,” said Courtney James, Professor of Exercise Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy. “The curriculum will help students develop skills such as evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, learning motivational techniques for modifying negative health habits, and a basis for marketing and business strategy within the industry.”

Students will combine traditional and concentrated classroom learning with field experience through two required clinical rotations, creating competitive and knowledgeable graduates.

“The most exciting part of this program is the vast knowledge and wide-ranging opportunities that it gives Curry students,” said James. “This major will provide our students with the skills and knowledge to help people become healthier in their everyday lives and/or sports performance.”

The new major is one of the many ways that ҹ첥 continues to deliver on its vision to offer unique, relevant, and rigorous academic programs. The College also recently introduced a new minor in Public Health and Wellness, offering students the opportunity to examine the interrelationship between natural and social sciences and their combined impact on health and well-being.