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Exercise Science BS Applied Exercise Physiology Concentration/Athletic Training MS

(HEGIS: 12.00 HEALTH PROF UNCLASSIFD, CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology)

Why study Exercise Science BS Applied Exercise Physiology Concentration/Athletic Training MS at UB?

Students in the combined BS in Exercise Science/MS in Athletic Training develop a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise assessment and prescription, and nutrition through rigorous coursework. The science-based curriculum prepares graduates to take the Board of Certification (BOC) national certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Students participate in innovative, interprofessional clinical practice and didactic experiences. The Exercise Science BS/Athletic Training MS (accelerated 3+2) provides students with the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Students are well prepared to work as an athletic trainer in various settings, such as high schools, colleges, industry, and professional sports.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of their studies in the Exercise Science BS/Athletic Training MS program, students are expected to demonstrate the following primary student learning outcomes.

  • Define evidence-based practice concepts and their application to clinical decision-making and critical examination in athletic training practice.
  • Demonstrate strategies and programs to prevent the incidence and/or severity of injuries and optimize their patients’ overall health and quality of life.
  • Use strong clinical examination skills to accurately diagnose and effectively treat their patients.
  • Demonstrate skills in evaluation and immediate management of acute and emergent injuries and illness.
  • Use the range of interventions, methods, techniques, equipment, activities using body movement and medications that are available to athletic trainers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize clients/patients exhibiting abnormal social, emotional and mental behaviors and to intervene and refer these individuals as necessary.
  • Define your role and function within a complex healthcare system while maintaining current competence and embrace the need to practice within the limits of state and national regulations using moral and ethical judgement.

The Learning Environment

Undergraduate students complete courses in human anatomy, human physiology, fitness assessment, exercise programming, exercise physiology and human nutrition. Class size varies in undergraduate courses with lab and recitation sections kept to a maximum of 25 students per section. Class size in the graduate program is limited to 20 seats per cohort. Undergraduate labs allow students to practice skills such as ECG interpretation, vital sign monitoring, health risk appraisal, fitness assessment, exercise testing and prescription, and exercise instruction. Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with faculty on independent study projects. Undergraduate students complete a practicum in year 3 to gain hands-on experience in exercise science.

About Our Facilities

Students will complete lab-based coursework in the Exercise Physiology and Strength & Conditioning labs designed to enhance the teaching and training of the clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology and athletic training. The labs are located in Kimball Tower and serve to prepare students for national certifications in exercise assessment, prescription and programming. Graduate athletic training students will utilize state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities house in UB Athletics. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in departmental laboratories including the Emergency Responder Human Performance lab, Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE), the Nutrition and Health Research lab, and the Center for Health Research. CRESE is one of the only research centers in the world that allows scientists to study extreme environments. The full CRESE team includes scientists from three schools: Public Health and Health Professions, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

About Our Faculty

The department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences includes 11 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 9 clinical faculty members, and 7 affiliated faculty members. Faculty research interests include environmental physiology, occupational health and safety, thermal stress, obesity, ingestive behavior, dietary impact on health and chronic disease, and neural control of energy balance. Over 150 classes a year are taught by ENS faculty with the support of teaching assistants and experienced adjunct faculty who are experts in their discipline.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Exercise Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

An athletic trainer is a healthcare professional educated and experienced in the management of healthcare problems associated with sport and physical activity. In cooperation with physicians and other healthcare personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an important member of the healthcare team in schools, colleges, universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other healthcare settings. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the need for athletic trainers is expected to grow 23% over the next 10 years . At the National and regional level, there is a growing recognition that professional healthcare providers who are well versed in sport are needed at all levels of play including secondary schools.

Academic Advising

The Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is the centralized advisement unit in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). The office provides advisement services to undergraduate students in the school. The overarching mission of the Office for Academic and Student Affairs is to provide academic advising and retention efforts that strengthen and enhance the diversity of the student body.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To contact OASA, call 716-829-5000 or email OASA. The office is located in 104 Kimball Tower.

For additional information on Academic Advising, please view our Undergraduate Student Services website.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Honoring the first dean of the School of Health Related Professions, the J. Warren Perry Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential. The Paul DeMartinis Athletic Training Student Support Fund is awarded to students enrolled in the graduate program in Athletic Training only. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, professional potential and financial need.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:07