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Phil Scalise

"I'm Prepared"

The Exercise Science program at Slippery Rock University is everything I hoped it would be and so much more.  As a graduate student currently pursuing my Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at SRU, I consistently feel ahead of the game because of my preparation in Exercise Science at SRU.  With an extremely hands on curriculum and an incredibly personable and skilled staff, the opportunities that this program offers are endless.  Upon graduating, my communication skills and knowledge in the field were far beyond that of my peers in graduate school.  My experience here has been a gift that I cannot repay and this program is second to none when it comes to preparing for a future career in the world of health and wellness.

Jamie Naab 

"I'm Prepared!"  

Slippery Rock's Exercise Science program is nothing short of exceptional. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, and not only do I feel ahead of my peers regarding my academic preparedness, but also my interpersonal skills as well. The program is unique in that it facilitates building future leaders within the health and wellness community by incorporating hands-on learning and promoting involvement within the discipline. I will forever value my time spent at Slippery Rock University, and I am proud to represent an alumni of this incredible program.


Andrea Campbell

“I’m Prepared!”

Slippery Rock Exercise Science started it all for me. The Exercise Science program afforded me the opportunities to pursue my career path. I am now graduating with a Master’s of Medical Science and getting ready to begin work as a Physician Assistant.

Ryan Spiardi

"I'm Prepared!"

Slippery Rock’s Exercise Science program prepared me incredibly well for my current path as a medical student.  At Slippery Rock, I got the best of both worlds: a challenging academic curriculum, and real world experience of working with clients.  Thanks to the experiences I had in the Exercise Science program, I find that I’m able to tackle many situations at the graduate level with confidence.  I have become a leader in a variety of environments,  such as group sessions in the anatomy lab or while practicing taking vital signs with classmates.  My success in medical school is correlated to the knowledge and skills I acquired while at SRU. 


Anna Kate Bires

“I’m Prepared!”

I am in my second semester at East Carolina University in the Master’s in Exercise Physiology program. It’s amazing how advanced Slippery Rock’s Exercise Science program is in comparison to other programs. Some students in my class had never taken a blood pressure or skinfold measurement before, let alone have experience with EKGs, stress testing, metabolic equations, fitness assessments, and personal training clients. The knowledge and hands on experience I have gained from SRU has helped me tremendously. I am so proud to represent SRU Exercise Science.


Jeremy Gebhart

“I’m Prepared!”

I am prepared for success in medical school because of the Exercise Science program at Slippery Rock University. I enjoyed studying a human science at SRU. My ‘non-traditional’ premed major and my research experience in Exercise Science made me uniquely qualified when it came time to compete for a spot in medical school. I am excited about a career in orthopedics/sports medicine, and I would highly recommend Exercise Science at SRU


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