July 19, 2011

Owens Community College Announces New Exercise Science Concentration Associate Degree

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College is expanding its educational opportunities within the School of Health Sciences by announcing the establishment of a new Exercise Science Concentration Associate Degree. Beginning Fall Semester 2011, the new academic degree will be offered on the Findlay-area and Toledo-area campuses.

“Owens Community College’s School of Health Sciences is excited to offer a new career pathway in the preventative wellness fields for students who are passionate about promoting and supporting active living,” said Marie Vasquez-Brooks, Owens Chair of Allied Health. “The new program concentration provides practical, hands-on experience working with individuals to make a positive lifestyle change that will keep our community healthy.”

Vasquez-Brooks added, “Health care professionals in today’s ever-changing world are challenged to prevent as well as treat. This new academic curriculum demonstrates our College’s commitment to prepare the next generation of wellness advocates to lead the way in all areas of prevention, ranging from research to recreational facilities.”

Owens’ associate degree in exercise science will require approximately 73 credit hours of coursework, which includes anatomy and physiology, the science of nutrition, life span psychology, medical ethics, athletic strength and conditioning, exercise technology and fitness assessment, biomechanics and exercise physiology, among other academic curriculum.

The new associate degree is designed to prepare students for employment as exercise science professionals within the health field. During the program, students will learn assessment techniques and methods specific to enhancing cardio respiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, body composition and flexibility in relation to comprehensive wellness. Individuals will also apply knowledge of the components and functions of the human anatomy and the body in motion as related to exercise training.

Additionally, Owens students will have the opportunity to design training programs based upon evaluation, goal setting, accepted training principles and maintenance of health levels of fitness. Experiential learning also includes identifying, evaluating, operating and providing instruction on various types of exercise equipment.

The degree is designed to prepare students to continue their academic aspirations at area four-year institutions and pursue a bachelor’s degree in such programs as sports management, athletic training, exercise physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, and leisure and recreation. Upon program completion, individuals will also be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work in entry-level or higher employment positions as fitness coaches, personal trainers and aerobics instructors.

For additional information about Owens’ new Exercise Science Concentration Associate Degree, call (567) 429-3181 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext 3181.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.