Exercise and Sport Science is a branch of sports medicine providing a link between physically active individuals and the medical community. Graduates provide health and fitness assessments, skill training, and rehabilitation procedures. Sport scientists work with clients to create programs that will help them meet their fitness and wellness goals.

WHICH MAJOR IS RIGHT FOR ME—Exercise and Sport Science or Athletic Training?

While students in these two programs take many of the same courses, the Athletic Training track is designed to prepare graduates for the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification exam. Students in the Exercise and Sport Science track also are not required to complete the 900+ hours of clinical training that is required for the Athletic Training degree. ESS graduates may take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist’s exam.

Both Athletic Trainers and Exercise and Sport Scientists may work in college or professional sports settings, corporate wellness, fitness and recreation areas, military or government agencies, and the performing arts. Graduates of both programs also take most of the prerequisites for advanced studies to become physical therapists or physician’s assistants. In both programs, Piedmont R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences professors are dedicated to providing an outstanding and personalized program of study that prepares graduates to meet the challenges they will face when they enter the professional work force.


EXERCISE SPORT SCIENCE: Students admitted to Piedmont may simply declare a major in Exercise Sport Science.