Bachelor of Science Exercise Science: Clinical Track 120 Credits | School of Health and Natural Sciences | Dobbs Ferry
Exercise Science: Clinical Track Overview
Hands-on learning in Mercy's state-of-the-art exercise science facility. Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career of helping people lead healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation and nutrition.
The B.S. in Exercise Science curriculum is grounded in scientific principles and their practical application to maintain health through fitness and nutrition, training and performance, rehabilitation and health and wellness.
This clinical track focuses on preparing students for graduate study. Both the clinical track and the performance track prepare students for certifications such as the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and the NSCA Certified and Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exams.
The clinical track is designed toward students’ academic advancement into graduate health professions degrees such as biomechanics, exercise psychology, sports psychology and athletic training.
Student are ready to
pursue graduate studies
Both clinical & performance tracks
Prepare students for EP-C &
Total Credits to Earn Your Degree
Classes in emergent care, kinesiology
human anatomy & physiology
What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage
- State-of-the-art exercise science suite
- Work with our Division II athletic teams to maximize performance
- National accreditations CAAHEP & NSCA
- Worth with institutions in NYC & Westchester
- Curriculum contains pre-requisites for physical therapy doctorate program
- Active Exercise Science student-run club
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the schedule flexible?
Very. You can take classes as a part-time or full-time student, at various times including evenings and weekends.
When can I apply to the Exercise Science program?
Students can declare their major as early as their freshman year. It is advised that students considering the Exercise Science program contact the Program Coordinator as early as possible to plan their course of study.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
I've taken classes at another college. Can I transfer credit to complete the BS?
Yes. Acceptance of transfer credits is determined by Admissions. They consult with any graduate program to which you intend to apply. To be eligible for a BS in Exercise Science, which is a 120-credit degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits at Mercy College. Mercy may transfer up to 90 undergraduate credits from a 4-year college and up to 75 credits from a 2-year community college.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How is Mercy's program unique?
Mercy College is known for flexible scheduling and small class size. Our small class size facilitates a close relationship among the students and between students and faculty. Laboratory sections are taught by the professors who teach the lectures and not by graduate students. This arrangement enables faculty to closely coordinate the lecture and laboratory components of our courses and enables students to learn laboratory skills from experienced professionals.
Should I finish the general education requirements before starting my major?
No! Because of the rigor of the program a combination of general education courses and major-level courses is recommended. Students should contact the Program Coordinator as early as possible to plan their course of study.
What are the benefits of obtaining a BS in Exercise Science?
A BS in Exercise Science is an excellent choice if you are interested in having a degree that allows you to directly enter the workforce upon graduation. If you plan to pursue graduate education, the program will prepare you for both master's and doctorate level work as our BS in Exercise Science includes graduate program prerequisite courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and exercise physiology to name a few. (Depending on the area of emphasis of the graduate program you choose, additional courses may be required.)
Program Details & Curriculum
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Exercise Science: 49 Credits
Open Electives: 11 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
Alternative Mercy Exercise Science Programs
Exercise Science Program Accredited
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of Committee on Accreditation for Exercise Sciences (CoAES) awarded initial accreditation to the Mercy College Exercise Science program on March 17, 2017.
We are very proud and excited to be the 1st College in the Westchester/New York Metropolitan area and 2nd in New York State to receive full accreditation for our Exercise Science Program. We are also the only Exercise Science Program in New York State accredited by CAAHEP and recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as an Education Recognition Program (ERP).
These prestigious distinctions recognize the high quality of our Exercise Science Program and its faculty.
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Cycling and Parkinson’s Disease Research Grant
Nannette Hyland PT, PhD Program Director of the Physical Therapy program and Astrid Mel PhD, Program Director of the Exercise Science program were award $18,000 from theRainwater Charitable Foundation to study the impact of an indoor cycling protocol in reducing Parkinson’s symptoms. This project will involve graduate DPT students to assist with data collection. The study will be performed at ClubFit in Briarcliff, NY over the next year.
The Nocebo Effect
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, and the words my clinician uses can also hurt me. Sounds crazy, but it's not. Whether you're into pain science or not, we're all probably familiar with the placebo effect to some extent . . . the placebo response isn't some mystical phenomenon, we can explain why it's happening . . ."
Nociception: More Than Just Pain
"There seems to be a lot of confusion with regard to nociception and pain. These two are constantly used synonymously when, in reality, they are different than one another. To explain this, we need to start from the beginning and explain what nociception is and how it works . . . "