Health and Fitness Concentration


The mission of the Health & Fitness Concentration of the BS in Exercise Science in the Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences at UNC Charlotte is to use
an evidence based curriculum and experiential learning to prepare students to apply industry standard knowledge, skills, and competencies to lead in the health and fitness workforce.


The curriculum prepares students to apply health and fitness industry standard, evidence-based guidelines to the roles and responsibilities of an exercise science practitioner, including: pre-activity screening, health and fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and risk management. Students complete 19 hours of coursework encompassing the knowledge and skills essential to the certified exercise physiologist. The culminating experience of the concentration is a robust internship under the supervision of a health/fitness professional. Students are encouraged to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist Credentialing Exam.

Accreditation Status

The Exercise Science Health and Fitness concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of the Exercise Science (CoAES).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will recognize the legal and organizational processes associated with the professional practice of exercise science to identify and minimize risk.
  • Students will apply behavior change strategies and motivational techniques to increase client adoption of and compliance with physical activity, exercise, and health behaviors.