The Exercise Physiology program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) effective July 31, 2014 through July 31, 2019.
To educate and train students through a structured, innovative and engaged learning construct to become credentialed Exercise Physiologists.
To be recognized and respected by pertinent professional organizations and employers as one of the premier Exercise Physiology programs in the United States.
The Exercise Physiology program at Valdosta State University has undergone a history of academic and numerical growth. The program of study first appeared in the 1994-1995 undergraduate catalog as a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness within the Department of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. In October 1998, the program of study transitioned from the Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness to the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. The Department of Health, Physical Education and Athletics was changed to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 1999. In July 2001, the status of “Educational Recognition Program” was conferred upon the Exercise Science program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The Exercise Science curriculum received recognition by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) University Connection Program (UCEP) which was developed to assure program quality and consistency among colleges and universities. The Exercise Science program was recognized by the ACSM Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB) as meeting the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) for the ACSM Health Fitness Instructor® certification and for the ACSM Exercise Specialist® in November 2001 and May 2005 respectively. Two years later, the program of study was renamed as a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with approval by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and is one of a handful of undergraduate programs nationwide that officially confers the “Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology” on the graduation diploma. The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology curriculum is based upon the desired educational content and outcomes recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine.
“The ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.” www.acsm.org
Since 1994, the program of study was located on the main campus in the Physical Education Complex and was one of many programs within the Dewar College of Education. On July 1, 2013, the Exercise Physiology, Athletic Training, Nutritional Science minor and Dental Hygiene programs officially became the School of Health Sciences and merged with the College of Nursing to form the College of Nursing and Health Sciences now housed within the newly constructed Health Sciences and Business Administration building on the VSU north campus. Students admitted into the Dental Hygiene program complete the program of study at Wiregrass Technical College.