Beginning July 2023, Northern Vermont University will be part of Vermont State University.

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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.

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About the Concentration in an Individualized Program of Study

This unique NVU-Lyndon exercise science concentration is reserved for students who want advanced study in the field of exercise science. The areas you could choose from include pre-professional occupational therapy*, pre-professional physician assistant, pre-professional nursing, pre-professional dietetics, and other related allied health professions.

Set Yourself Apart

You will pursue a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from NVU and then apply to a graduate program of your choice. You will also prepare for one or more national certification examinations, such as the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and/or Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exams. You’ll work closely with your faculty advisor to create a proposed individualized program of study, which must be approved by department faculty before you enter the concentration program.

*Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Occupational Therapy Articulation Agreement:

The Department of Exercise Science has an agreement with Methodist University of North Carolina. The top two graduating students, as voted by department faculty, in both pre-professional physical therapy and the individualized program of study (pre-professional occupational therapy) will be granted admission to the respective graduate programs at Methodist University, pending meeting all admissions criteria and a successful on-campus interview.

Career Outcomes

  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Fitness Center Owner/Manager

Internship Sites

  • Littleton Regional Health Care
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
  • Trace Therapeutics

At a Glance

Program Options:
Students will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science with a concentration in an individualized program of study.
A young man poses in front of weight lifting equipment, smiling, looking at camera.

“It’s hard to believe how much we learned every semester. The faculty members were life-changing in the way they interacted with us and how knowledgeable they are in their field.”

– Michael Sigsbury ’17


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