This 36-semester hour concentration has two tracks: one rooted in the theoretical, research, and clinical experiences needed for employment in corporate, private, or hospital-based fitness and wellness programs; and the second rooted extensively in research experiences. Both tracks prepare individuals for admission to advanced studies (i.e., PT, OT, PhD, and MD ). Four to eight students are admitted annually to this two-year program, which includes a core of required courses in exercise physiology, research, and biostatistics. Students will choose between 6-15 semester hours of electives to compliment their focus in applied fitness or research. To ensure full consideration for admission in the concentration and assistantships within the Human Performance Laboratory, potential students are encouraged to have their application completed by March 1st of the anticipated year of program entry.