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Department of Health and Exercise Science


The mission of the Health & Exercise Science department is to assist students in making informed career choices in Public Health, Exercise Science, Physical Education and Occupational Therapy. This is achieved through in depth analysis of appropriate course work, and support from specialized faculty.

The A.S. Degree in Exercise Science is based on the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommended educational competencies. Our degree program promotes a multidisciplinary approach to prepare the student for careers in health and fitness-related fields. This course of study prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in a related four-year degree. Some career options include: Clinical Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Fitness Facility Management, Nutrition, Corporate Wellness, Health and Physical Education, Sports Management, Biomechanics, Sport Specificity Training and Professor of Exercise Science.

In addition to the A.S. in Exercise Science, the department offers the Teacher Education/Physical Education Degree (TEPED) curriculum for transfer to a four-year institution leading to a teaching certification.

Also offered is the Personal Trainer Career Certificate designed to provide entry-level training for those interested in a career as a personal fitness trainer. This program prepares students to sit for one of the national personal training certifications such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), or the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). It is also recognized by The New Jersey Department of Higher Education.
The Department of Health and Exercise Science has partnered with the Rutgers University and is offering a joint A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant. The collaboration between Rutgers and CCM prepares students for employment in healthcare, educational and other community settings. OTA’s work under the direction of an occupational therapist, assisting patients with their development, disability or recovery issues. They work with individuals in their homes, community centers, nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals. Students in the joint Rutgers-CCM program complete their prerequisite course requirements at CCM in Randolph and their professional coursework at Rutgers’s Scotch Plains campus.

We look forward to working with you toward your education and career goals.

For more information, please call the Department of Health and Exercise Science at 973-328-5328, or email mpaul@ccm.edu.
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