In addition to continuing education, The University of West Alabama continues to make strides in its undergraduate fields of study—most recently, in its exercise science program. The UWA Exercise Science Program recently received national recognition when the school was labeled an NSCA Recognized School from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) “recognizes and distinguishes schools with strength and conditioning or personal training curricula that prepares students for NSCA certification exams,” according to the NSCA website.
The recognition will add merit to degree holders of UWA’s exercise science program, which is offered by the physical education and athletic training department. Schools that receive approval for the NSCA’s ERP do so based on a demonstrated commitment to course material that prepares students for NSCA certification.
UWA’s exercise science program has been growing significantly over the past six years, according to Dr. James Robinson, associate professor of exercise science and director of UWA’s exercise physiology lab Robinson expects the program to have 200-plus enrollees by fall 2018. Students majoring in UWA’s exercise science program complete 60 combined hours of coursework in exercise science, physical education, chemistry and physics.
Being associated with the NSCA, UWA’s exercise science program students will benefit from certification exam discounts and rebates, exam prep discounts, complimentary job postings, access to grants, scholarships, internships and assistantships and more. Students who successfully complete the exercise science program at UWA will be eligible for careers in:
- Strength and conditioning
- Health/fitness instruction
- Sports training
- Health club management
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- And more.
In addition to majoring or minoring in exercise science at The University of West Alabama, students and non-students have the opportunity to continue their health and wellness-related educations with UWA Online Continuing Education e-Learning! Our program offers a variety of non-credit courses that can benefit someone interested in augmenting his or her skills pertaining to exercise science-based careers.