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Exercise Science

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Human health and performance

The foundation for success in high-demand careers.

Exercise science is an interdisciplinary field that spans the physiological, psychological, nutritional, motor, and functional adaptations and responses to exercise, physical activity, and sport.

Mount Mercy’s exercise science major blends classroom learning, hands-on work, and real-life experience to prepare students in understanding terminology, concepts, and theories necessary to effectively work in their profession. Students learn to pinpoint, synthesize, and critique scientific literature and identify appropriate evidence-based practices in exercise science.

Having a curriculum specifically geared toward pre-professional and entry-level healthcare positions will better prepare our next generation of therapists, trainers, and exercise professionals.



Functional adaptations and responses to exercise.

Program fast facts:

  • Mount Mercy’s new Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex provides an innovative space and for students to practice what they study.
  • Students choose electives that support their interests and desired career path.
  • Experience is key. In their final year of study, students complete an internship to increase practical understanding of course knowledge and help gain insight into their future career.
  • Students will examine social, economic, and cultural inequalities in the exercise, physical activity, health, and sport contexts and engage in discussions about how to make these spaces more inclusive for all people.

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in exercise science

Our graduates are in demand by many local employers.

With MMU’s exercise science program, students have the flexibility to pursue multiple career paths.

Students interested in a pre-professional path (athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sports medicine) typically take coursework in chemistry, physics, and other disciplines to meet the prerequisites for these professional programs. Students interested in an applied path (coaching, personal training, strength and conditioning, and health promotion) typically take elective courses that support their interests and goals.

Potential internship sites include Mercy Medical Center, UnityPoint Health—St. Luke's Hospital, Kepros Physical Therapy & Performance, The M.A.C., YMCA, Mount Mercy University Athletic Training, and many more.

Our exercise science program prepares students interested in pursuing careers or graduate/professional degrees in:

  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Dietetics
  • Personal training
  • Health promotion
  • Strength & conditioning
  • Coaching
  • Sport & performance psychology