Department News

The HPE department is pleased to announce the addition of Exercise Science as a bachelor's degree. This program builds on the University's healthcare programs and responds to an expanding need and job market.


The mission of the Department of Health and Physical Education is to promote personal and community health, fitness, and wellness through dedicated faculty delivering accredited physical education and athletic training programs. These values are taught through individual and team sports activities, professional treatment of athletic injuries, and healthy living behaviors, which serve to promote well-being and longevity.

Program Overview

Marywood's Department of Health and Physical Education offers three undergraduate majors:

Our Athletic Training program prepares you to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become a certified athletic trainer.

Our Teacher Education major prepares you to teach health and physical education in kindergarten through 12th grade. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Our Exercise Science program is designed for those interested in becoming personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and health and fitness instructors. Students will also be prepared for graduate school in Exercise Physiology and post-graduate work in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician's Assistant programs.

Program Highlights

  • Small class size
  • Hands-on clinical experiences for six semesters for athletic training students
  • Expansive list of clinical sites: high schools, universities, colleges, and physical therapy clinics for athletic training clinical experiences.
  • Human Physiology Lab is used extensively to provide clinical based experiences for Exercise Science students. The HPL is a state of the art facility located in the Center for Athletics and Wellness.
  • 240 hours of Practicum experience for Exercise Science students.