A student will be immersed in a practical environment as a sophomore/junior through service as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor in the Otterbein OtterFit Faculty and Staff Health and Fitness Program. The senior year culminates in an internship in a corporate, community, university, commercial, or clinical setting of a minimum of 344 field hours.
Students choose this major if they desire to work in public or community health, as a strength and conditioning coach at the high school or collegiate level, as an exercise specialist in a clinical setting, as a group fitness leader/personal trainer in a corporate or commercial fitness center, or in development of health programs in a wide variety of settings. The faculty academic advisor will work with you to determine the direction in this field that might be best.
The coursework prepares one to take fitness assessments, prescribe exercise programs commensurate with the client’s needs and goals, and educate people about basic nutritional concepts. The major will be able to lead individuals with chronic disease in programs to improve their health and fitness. Students will be exposed to the organization and management of a worksite wellness program through presentation of health fairs, lunch and learn presentations, and health coaching. The anatomy and physiology of the human body will be followed by exposure to kinesiology and exercise physiology. This knowledge will permit the student greater understanding of strength and conditioning.
There are required classes to prepare a student for certification as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and group fitness instructor. At a minimum, students graduate with the American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer certification (ACSM cPT) and the American College of Sports Medicine Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM GEI). Students are encouraged and supported in adding other professional credentials before graduating including the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS) or Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F), or USAW Sport Performance Coach Certification.
The Exercise Science and Health Promotion major is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as an Education Recognition Program in Strength and Conditioning. Only four other institutions in Ohio are so recognized.
The goals for every major in Exercise Science and Health Promotion is to:
Career opportunities are numerous and include fitness/wellness programs, cardiac rehabilitation, YMCA/YWCA’s/private health and commercial fitness clubs, government or private agencies, college and university athletic teams, recreational facilities and community recreation centers, health departments, and strength and conditioning programs, and church youth programming.
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The following items are required in order for international students to be considered for freshman or transfer admission to Otterbein University. Once all your application materials have been submitted, we can typically send you an application decision within 2-4 weeks. Our application review is holistic, meaning it takes into consideration many factors such as your test scores, essay, and involvement outside of the classroom.
Admission to Otterbein is based on a student’s overall potential for academic success. Decisions are made after a holistic review.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
International Undergraduate Scholarships ($12,000 – $15,000)
Talent & Departmental Scholarships ($500 – $4,000)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarships ($1,000 – $5,000)
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
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