ALLIED HEALTH CARE | Preparation for Life

The allied health care industry’s significant growth in recent years has coincided with students’ rising interest in related professions, such as cardiac rehabilitation, dietetics, chiropractic, physical and occupational therapy, and public health.

Most students interested in an allied health care profession will major in exercise science. Baker’s exercise science curriculum has long been aligned with and developed along best practices of the American College of Sports Medicine, which produces the most research and the best evidence for the field.

Accreditation: Baker Meets Allied Health Care Standards and Guidelines

Baker’s exercise science program earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, making it the first fully accredited program in Kansas and one of just 46 in the nation. This recognition means the program meets all educational standards and guidelines established by the allied health care professions.

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Chiropractic
  • Athletic Training
  • Public Health
  • Health Promotions
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Recreation and Youth Sports

Best Practices

“By making sure we teach students the standards that are set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine and CAAHEP, we are helping to ensure that patients or clients that they see are being treated by people we know have this information.”
—Dr. Chris Todden, Director of Exercise Science, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Students study in state-of-the-art science facilities and work on the only Anatomage table (the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system available for education) in the state. Our program combines in-depth classroom work with practical, hands-on experience—and the small class sizes ensure our students are fully prepared when it’s time for them to enter graduate school or a professional field.

Students preparing for a career in allied health care participate in shadowing experiences with health care professionals and in an intensive clinical during their senior year. Students also have the opportunity to conduct original research with a faculty member and present their research at regional and national conferences.


Students are required to sit for one of three certifications focused on exercise physiology, special population personal training, or strength and conditioning. Two of those certifications come from the American College of Sports Medicine, which produces the most research and the best evidence for the field.

KASIDEE | Exercise Science Major, Class of 2017

KasiDee transferred from Independence Community College as an exercise science major because of Baker’s immense educational and experiential opportunities. “I do not have a doubt in my mind that this is the place for me. I think people underestimate everything a small school has to offer. We really get to visualize what we are learning and practice hands-on in the classroom. We also receive that one-on-one teaching experience from a professional who really knows their stuff.”

MATT | Exercise Science Major, Class of 2017

“My favorite part of this program is how diverse the classes are and how well rounded the students become. With a degree in this field I hope to eventually work at a university and conduct research. I’ll be able to research specific aspects of the human physiology and present original research. The Baker faculty are special because they are genuinely invested in the student and their futures. They allow us the opportunity to get involved in a lot of experiences that will allow us to be more prepared for our future.”

KHADIJAH | Exercise Science Major, Class of 2016

Khadijah is attending Creighton University’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. “I will be obtaining my clinical doctoral degree in occupational therapy! I am so, so fortunate for my heavy medical sciences and exercise science background from Baker—it has made me excel and now I am in such a great, well-known program. I couldn’t be happier with my future because it is exactly what I want to be doing right now and forever.”

HILLARY | Exercise Science Major, Class of 2015

Hillary is pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health with a concentration in exercise science. “I selected exercise science because the human body fascinates me. Within the field of exercise science there are numerous opportunities to help others, whether it is being a personal trainer, physical therapist, or researcher. I was able to find a field of study I am passionate about, while also being able to have a positive impact working with others.”

MEGAN | Exercise Science Major, Class of 2014

Megan is a student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in kinesiology with an exercise science concentration. “In high school I was a cross country athlete and became interested in anything that could help improve my performance, so I read a lot of internet articles on running and nutrition. Once I entered college, I started as a chemistry major, but soon realized that exercise science was essentially applied chemistry and biology. I became mildly obsessed with the molecular physiology of exercise and metabolism and then decided studying exercise physiology for a job seemed like a good way to spend the next ~40 years of my career. Long story short, I really liked science and running, and exercise science was a great field to release my inner nerd.”


Your advisor will point you toward undergraduate courses that will prepare you for a career in allied health care.



Chair of the Department of Applied Health Sciences, Director of Exercise Science, Associate Professor of Exercise Science

Our exercise science majors gain a very good understanding of physical stress, both negative and positive, on the body. Seeing the pride in the students as they explain what they’ve learned and present their work is without a doubt one of the best parts of my job.

B.A. Buena Vista University, M.S. Western Illinois University, Ed.D. University of South Dakota
Office: Mabee Hall 405 | 785.594.8440 |


Jill Franklin
Department Assistant
Applied Health Sciences
Mabee Memorial Hall

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