Exercise Science


Associate Degree Program

As an exercise science technician, you will work with people of all ages to evaluate and improve their quality of fitness through the development of customized exercise programs.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to sit for various certifications as offered by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of the Allied Health competitive admission process. Interested applicants should review the information provided here and contact their program advisor for application requirements.

Offered at the Wilmington campus.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions such as:

  • Certified personal trainer
  • Corporate health & wellness professional
  • EKG technician
  • Lifestyle/Wellness coach
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $25,000 - $31,000.

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Integrate professional behaviors in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner within the exercise science delivery system.
  2. Perform appropriate measurement and assessment techniques to assist in evaluating a client's status for proper exercise prescription plans.
  3. Prescribe and implement a comprehensive exercise prescription plan based upon pre-exercise screenings.
  4. Communicate effectively with clients about their progress.
  5. Modify existing exercise prescription plans based upon routinely scheduled re-evaluations of clients.
  6. Document relevant aspects of client treatment.
  7. Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication skills with clients, their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public.
  8. Communicate knowledge by participating in the teaching and explaining of exercise science concepts to clients, colleagues and the public.
  9. Recognize the importance of continued development of knowledge and skills through the practice of reading professional literature and attending continuing education activities.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge to aspects of clinical practice, as required of an entry-level Certified Exercise Science technologist.
Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.

Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details!

Campus-Specific Exercise Science Information
This program of study is offered in Wilmington.
This program of study is offered in Wilmington.
This program of study is offered in Wilmington.