This specialization prepares students to enter professional school or begin careers in numerous allied health and medical fields. Students are exposed to a strong science background making them excellent candidates for professional schools such as physical therapy, nursing school, physician assistant school, or occupational therapy. Most of the course prerequisites for these areas of study are included in the course work under this track. Further, AEP students are prepared for immediate employment in such clinical fields as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, pharmaceutical sales, and medical equipment sales and service. This qualification comes in handy should one not be accepted to professional school on the first application. Students also become highly qualified for positions as personal trainers or corporate/private fitness specialists. Graduate study in numerous fields such as clinical exercise physiology, sport physiology and nutrition are also viable options for graduates of this specialization.
There are two phases to this degree program: pre-professional phase and professional phase. Students must complete prerequisite courses designated on the degree plan before applying to the professional phase. Up to 60 students may be accepted during the academic year (24 in the fall, 24 in the spring and 12 in the summer). Students will be evaluated by the following criteria: overall GPR, math and science GPR and volunteer work/experience related to the field. At the present time, almost all students are accepted on their first application. There is an occasional student who might require additional leveling coursework or the re-taking of a course in which an unsatisfactory grade was made. Further, there are limited laboratory resources to accommodate students. During years of excessive student enrollment, the application to professional phase may become competitive.
The professional phase application is generally due March 1 for summer admittance, July 1 for fall admittance and October 1 for spring admittance. If the application deadline falls over a weekend, Professional Phase and Internship forms will be due the following Monday. Contact your advisor for the exact date of the semester you are applying.
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