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Interested in a career such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic medicine, physician assistant, strength and conditioning,  personal training, wellness, or dietetics?

The exercise science major is ideal. Our exercise science program – with its broad curriculum, numerous internship possibilities, and potential opportunities to conduct and present research at national conferences – will give you a competitive edge as you pursue your career goals!

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Technology

In addition to a traditional, modern classroom Lakeland now provides exercise science students with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Thanks to a generous gift from Lakeland University alum, Cliff Feldmann, the new Feldmann Exercise Science Laboratory includes an academic laboratory and a research laboratory outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment that includes:

  • Two large-surface Advanced Mechanical Technology AccuPower force platforms, deployed in a unique side-by-side orientation, countersunk and flush with the floor
  • A Delsys Bagnoli four electromyography system, with a Delsys trigger module and third-party instrument integration for bi-axial goniometer, accelerometer and load cells
  • A Delsys Bagnoli two-electromyography system
  • A Lactate Plus blood lactate meter
  • A COSMED Fitmate Pro metabolic analyzer
  • A COSMED Pony FX desktop spirometer
  • A Speed Trap II infrared timing system
  • A BK precision thermo anemometer
  • A Woodway ELG 70 sports performance treadmill
  • A Monark 839E electronic testing cycle ergometer
  • A Freemotion F624 functional trainer
  • Powertec and Power Systems resistance training, plyometric and speed development equipment
  • Carolina Biological Supply anatomical models

This cutting-edge equipment allows interactive teaching of and research on force, power, balance and muscle activation analysis during gait, sprinting, jumping, resistance training and activities of daily living. These instruments can also be used to determine body composition, lung functioning, blood lactate accumulation and metabolic capacity of athletic and untrained people. Each year, Lakeland students present research at a variety of venues, such as the conferences of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Reach your goals

Lakeland students are guided by Bill Ebben, Lakeland’s highly accomplished associate professor of exercise science. Ebben, who holds a doctorate (from Marquette) and two master’s degrees (UW-Madison and Northern Michigan), has a passion for guiding students into professional and graduate schools. Over the course of his career, he has helped over 500 students get into professional school programs, such as those in Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Masters in Occupational Therapy, Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine, Masters in Athletic Training, and Physical Assistant programs, as well as graduate programs in exercise science or related fields.

“From the moment students walk onto campus, we will work with them on a career development plan and help them understand all the things it takes to reach their goal,” Ebben says. “We will help them optimize their chance of being accepted into competitive professional or graduate schools, or obtain the career of their choice. We offer the prerequisite courses for acceptance into these programs, or to prepare students for a variety of other careers.”

“Our combination of curriculum, multiple internships experiences, and research achievements make us uniquely suited to help students realize their career goals.”  

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