ALLIED HEALTH CARE | Preparation for Life
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 (www.caahep.org), 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.
“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 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
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
MEGAN | Exercise Science Major, Class of 2014
ALLIED HEALTH CARE ADVISOR
Your advisor will point you toward undergraduate courses that will prepare you for a career in allied health care.
DR. CHRIS TODDEN
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 | chris.todden@bakerU.edu