Health and Exercise ScienceThe mission of the Health and 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. 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.

The A.S. in the Teacher Education/Physical Education Degree (TEPED) is a transfer degree for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Teacher Education with a Physical Education/Health Education specialization.

The Personal Trainer Career Certificate provides entry-level training for 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 A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a joint degree between Rutgers and CCM that prepares students for employment in health care, educational and other community settings. OTAs 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 and their professional coursework at Rutgers’s Scotch Plains campus.

The A.S. in Public Health is a transfer degree leading to a baccalaureate degree or higher in public health and public health education.  CCM has articulation agreements with Rutgers University and William Paterson University.  Public health occupations include health educators, epidemiologists, environmental science and protection technicians, medical and health service managers, environmental scientists and specialists and occupational health and safety specialist.


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.