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2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Science, Exercise Science Specialization BS

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College of Health Sciences and Education
Program Director: Elaine Halesey, EdD


Students completing the BS in Health Science will:

  1. Integrate and demonstrate knowledge of diverse research designs from both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms, and will conceptually synthesize and demonstrate all steps of the research process.
  2. Demonstrate critical reasoning skills in the patient care process by conducting a client assessment, identifying functional problems, and developing an appropriate intervention plan.
  3. Interact and communicate professionally and courteously with clients while demonstrating the necessary clinical competencies required within their respective health care discipline.

Statement of Program Assessment for BS in Health Science:

Program courses are evaluated each semester via both University faculty evaluations and individual department course evaluations.

Specialization in Exercise Science

The Exercise Science specialization is a 4 year program resulting in a bachelor’s degree in Health Science.

Program Goals:

The goal of the Exercise Science program is to provide quality academic instruction and learning experiences:

  1. To prepare students to procure entry-level employment in the health/fitness/wellness field, or continue formal education in schools offering advanced degrees in health related graduate programs.
  2. To prepare students to obtain the ACSM Health Fitness Specialist certification or the NASM Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
  3. To value the need to maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues that impact the Exercise Sciences’ ability to provide care/assistance.
  4. To have the skill set to guide individuals through a wellness needs in Exercise Science with the goal of improving wellness outcomes.
  5. To produce qualified employees to the health and fitness profession


The academic goals are embedded in the values of justice and hospitality through physical, emotional, and social support to clients/patients.

  1. Implement personal fitness assessments
  2. Prescribe exercise and healthy lifestyle habits
  3. Create comprehensive wellness programs for diverse population needs
  4. Demonstrate effective communication/interpersonal skills
  5. Students will value the need to maintain an understanding of current wellness trends and issues that impact the Exercise Sciences’ ability to provide assistance

Exercise Science Courses to be completed at Luzerne County Community College

The following courses are offered at Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), Nanticoke campus. Students are expected to supply their own transportation to and from LCCC. Students will be expected to follow LCCC’s academic calendar and schedule of classes, which may not match Misericordia’s calendar.

Total Credits Required for Graduation 121 credits

This total includes all major requirements, university core curriculum requirements, and free electives.

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