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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (BS NEP) program learn to use nutrition and exercise as a form of medicine, and as a wellness practice, when working with patients and clients. Once admitted to the BS NEP, students choose between the Applied Exercise Track and the Community and Population Health Track.

Who You Are

With either track, students are eligible to take the Exercise Physiologist certification exam offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The degree also provides foundational coursework for application to graduate school in areas such as dietetics, medicine, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and The Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology prepares students for the Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) credential and specialty certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM EP-Cs are fitness professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an exercise science program and are qualified to pursue a career in university, corporate, commercial, hospital, and community settings. They are exercise trainers able to conduct complete physical assessments and interpret results to prescribe appropriate, personalized exercise programs.

What You’ll Do

NEP graduates take jobs at:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Fitness Centers
  • Strength and Conditioning Centers Serving Athletes
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Health Care Facilities

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Our Curriculum

Practical experience while in the BS NEP is integral to preparing students for a successful career. In their senior year, students run the campus NEP Health and Fitness Clinic. The final requirement for the degree is a 400-hour internship.

Learning Outcomes

Data includes for Academic Years 2021–2022 and 2022–2023.

89% of students who attempted the ACSM Exercise Physiology exam passed
92% of graduates promptly got jobs in the field and/or were accepted into graduate school
100% of employers surveyed are satisfied with BS NEP alumni as employees
100% of BS NEP alumni report being satisfied with their education

BS NEP Accreditation

CAAHEP Contact Information:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763