Program Overview

California University of Pennsylvania offers a health-care focused track in Exercise Science: Rehabilitation Science for those who wish to earn a post master’s certificate. This program is specifically designed for those fitness professionals who have backgrounds in settings such as chiropractic offices, physical therapy clinics, athletic training rooms, and other relevant treatment settings.

Rehabilitation science uses knowledge from health sciences, social sciences, and engineering to understand different processes within its own field. Those who practice rehabilitation science use knowledge from their education and experience to design a process to avoid injury. These individuals need to be very hands-on while working with clients. This also means such professionals should have great people skills as well as a lot of patience while working with clients.

Students will be enrolled in four courses, totaling 12 credit hours for this entire program. These four classes are Research in Rehabilitation, Corrective Exercise in Rehabilitation, Corrective Exercise Program Design, and Current Topics in Rehabilitation. In addition to courses, students will be prepared to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification.

After earning this certification, fitness and health professionals will be able to create specialized programs designed for each client or athlete depending on their wants and needs. Those in this field will need to effectively evaluate and identify a client’s strengths and setbacks. Designing programs to help prevent injuries, maximize results, or improve muscle balance are just a few of the abilities Corrective Exercise Specialists will have.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


    Applicants to the post-master's certificate program must have their master's degree or be certified, licensed or registered in one of the following: athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, physician assistant, nursing, chiropractic or other similar healthcare profession.

    School Overview

    Established in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is a medium-sized campus located in California, Pennsylvania, in a rural area 35 miles away from Pittsburgh. This school is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies. Students can choose from one of more than 75 online associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees offered completely online. You’ll receive the same diploma you would from one of our on-campus programs.


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