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 SRU's Growing Exercise Science Program Accredited 



Oct. 11, 2006

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University’s Exercise Science Program is one of  six schools in the nation to receive the maximum five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the largest programmatic accreditor in the health-sciences field. It is the program’s first-ever accreditation from CAAHEP.

The Florida-based organization examined the program’s curriculum, faculty, laboratory facilities and advisory committee consisting of professionals in the health, wellness and fitness occupations.

CAAHEP accreditation through 2011 means the program meets the highest national standards of quality and serves the public interest by assuring a well-qualified workforce, said SRU’s Dr. Patricia Pierce, professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences and department chair.

 “Accreditation in the discipline of exercise science is a significant trend which promotes quality academic programs leading to more opportunities for students and greater recognition in the health care field,” she said.

The most recent accreditation adds even more prestige: SRU’s Exercise Science Program was the first in the nation to be accredited by American Society of Exercise Physiologists and is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

“The exercise science major at SRU is well-known for its excellent curriculum and successful graduates,” said Dr. Susan Hannam, interim dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science.

Enrollment has tripled to 515 over a three-year period due, in part, to the emphasis of health and wellness to society.

“Our graduateswork as professionals in the health and fitness fields,” Pierce said. “They evaluate health behaviors and risks factors, conduct fitness tests and develop and implement safe and effective exercise prescriptions for improving and maintaining positive lifestyles.”

 Other unique aspects of SRU’s program include the opportunity to take several national certification exams on campus, student-faculty research and mentoring programs for first-year students,” Pierce said.

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