Health & Wellness
The major will provide a bachelor of science degree that will allow graduates the opportunity to be employed in facilities offering personal health and fitness programs ranging from health clubs and corporate fitness/wellness to physician-based wellness programs. Student eligibility for certification through organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and American Council on Exercise will be available following completion of the degree. Graduates of the program may also qualify for management positions within these facilities with an additional business background.
Many students in health and exercise-related fields go on to graduate school. Students in this major may take electives to meet competitive admissions requirements for graduate programs in related fields. Additionally, a minor in an area such as business could allow the student to pursue management positions in the fitness industry or lead them into areas related to sport administration. Through the use of guided electives, students will have the ability to complete pre-requisites for other health care professions. Examples include professions such as physical therapy, chiropractic, physicians assistant, and for an exceptional few medical school.
Admission to these programs is extremely competitive and requires a strong academic record and standardized test results and many also expect evidence of leadership, service/volunteerism, written and oral communication skills and a working knowledge of the health profession. Students must work closely with the Canisius College Pre-Med director for advisement and the professional school of interest to determine the curriculum electives needed to satisfy necessary prerequisites.