Make a Difference in the Health/Wellness of People's Lives
Exercise science is a broad degree that prepares UCM graduates for career opportunities
in health, wellness, and fitness (e.g., personal training, strength and conditioning,
training for special populations, cardiac rehabilitation, and diabetes education/weight
management). The program provides foundational knowledge for attending graduate programs
in areas such as Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Athletic Training, and other Kinesiology
related fields. Students in this major may choose to work with healthy clients, athletes,
those with injuries, or those with special considerations in a clinical environment.
At UCM, we believe you learn best by doing. That is why you will receive opportunities
to apply your skills before you graduate. Internships, research, and study abroad
opportunities are just a few of the options that give you hands-on practice and provide
value to your education. Experiential learning can set you apart. Your professors
bring a variety of first-hand experience in many facets of health, wellness, and fitness,
and can guide you in these areas.
Internship Experience- MedX of Estes Park
At MedX of Estes, I not only benefited from real world experience, but was able to
apply what I had learned in the classroom to a large variety of populations. I also
gained a family and had amazing opportunities for growth in this environment. This
internship was physical therapy and rehab training, a combination that was very rewarding
in itself. Through this experience, I believe I have narrowed down what I would like
to be when I grow up! I believe that my experiences at UCM and MedX have prepared
me to begin a career in whatever path I choose.
Internship Experience-Doctor's Hospital
During my internship with the Rehab Center at Doctor’s Hospital, I was able to acquire
and improve my skills relevant to my career as an aspiring Occupational therapist
and rehabilitation assistant. I improved my time management skills greatly. I learned
different training techniques for activities of daily living. I also learned discipline
and developed resilience from this experience!
Internship Experience- AthleteFIT
AthleteFIT works with young athletes to improve their sport performance. Starting with basic movements then
moving forward to increase abilities with speed, power, agility, skill, and strength.
Internship Experience-Blue Springs Fieldhouse
My internship taught me so much about the real world of fitness. I have learned many
things that I feel will make me a better professional in fitness and have gotten many
chances to apply the knowledge I have learned in class with real clients. I have learned
how to overcome obstacles that were unforeseen, celebrated victories big and small,
and overall gained a piece of knowledge that I wouldn't have otherwise received outside
of this experience. I am thankful for the guidance of my supervisor and look forward
to future employment with Blue Springs Fieldhouse.
Internship Experience-Excelerate Sport
Noah Arni, Dylan White, and Dallas Castagna
I lived with two of my best friends in Seattle, Washington learning about what we
Internship Experience-Club Fitness
My internship has been the highlight of my summer. I learned a lot, made some good friends, and ended up with a job that I love. It has been the highlight because it
has become my second home. I get to make my own schedule and I am here seven days
a week. I have the opportunity to help people change their lives every day. I view the trainers and directors I work
with as mentors. They took me under their wing during my internship and it resulted in me having immediate success upon
starting as a trainer.
Excellent Teaching and Research Labs
UCM Exercise Science faculty are dedicated instructors and researchers. We value teaching
and student learning. Professors access and readily utilize research grade equipment
in your educational experience. You will observe demonstrations of body scans via
dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, perform 3D motion analyses, program exercise for
clients, and conduct ECG stress tests. When your faculty transition from teaching,
they use these same research tools for their scholarly agenda. Students are encouraged
to design their own research or assist professors on innovative work.
UCM was represented well at the Central States ACSM Regional Conference!
Exercise Science Undergraduates and Kinesiology Master's Students represented the
University of Central Missouri in their research presentations and quiz bowl engagement.
Eric Nehlsen presented his undergraduate research project on muscular endurance between
male and female track athletes in both poster and lecture format. Nico Philipp presented
his poster on rating of perceived exertion when performing maximal exercise early
in the morning versus late at night. Undergraduates Eric Nehlsen, Charles Fox, and
Steven Soltysiak finished in the top 5 in the annual Quiz Bowl competition!
Fall Risk Assessments were a Great Success!
Students in KIN 4341 – Physical Activity and Special Populations assisted with statewide
balance screenings during Missouri’s Fall Prevention week, an initiative supported
by the Missouri Physical Therapy Association. Faculty and staff were able to receive
free balance screenings while students gained hands on experience. Students were supervised
by a physical therapist/faculty member in the Kinesiology program.
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