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Sandhills Forms 2+2 Program with ASU

The Sandhills Community College Health and Fitness Science program recently formed a 2+2 Transfer Articulation Agreement with Appalachian State University in Boone, NC whereby students can take the first two years of the degree program at Sandhills Community College and transfer credits into the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Appalachian.

The B.S. in Exercise Science is designed to provide students with an understanding of exercise and sports performance. Exercise Science majors can choose optional concentrations in Pre-professional, Strength & Conditioning, or Clinical Exercise Physiology.

SCC Health and Fitness Science Program Coordinator and Associate Professor Shelby Basinger and Associate Professor Alicia Riggan recently visited the newly completed Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences at Appalachian to tour the facility and meet the Exercise Science Undergraduate Program Director Travis Triplett. The Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences is a state-of-the-art, five-story building that houses the Exercise Science program along with 13 other health science programs, the Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Institute for Health and Human Services.

Along with the high tech and innovative classrooms, the building houses a student information commons, a 192 seat lecture hall, an interprofessional health clinic, food innovation and exploration labs, exercise physiology and human performance labs, nursing simulation and clinical innovation labs, rehabilitative science labs, human anatomy and physiology labs, a human cadaver lab, and numerous problem-based learning and collaborative classrooms.

The Sandhills Community College Health and Fitness Science program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry. Students learn the fundamentals of exercise science (including anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, and nutrition), exercise and fitness testing, health risk appraisal, and how to safely and effectively design exercise programs for normal and special populations (including children, elderly, women, and those with cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disease). Students are trained to teach specific exercise and fitness classes, provide instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment, and how to manage fitness facilities.

The SCC Health and Fitness Science program currently offers two credentials: an Associate in Applied Science degree and a certificate. Sandhills Community College has partnered with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to prepare students for accredited Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and/or Health Coach Certification.

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