Rowan College at Burlington County, Virtua announce new career path in exercise, wellness

Rowan College at Burlington County in partnership with Virtua, will be offering an associate degree program in Exercise Science Health and Wellness Promotion that will provide a seamless transfer to Rowan University and access to growing field of personal fitness.

“As people live longer lives and desire to remain healthy through programs of personal fitness, we’ve seen a growing demand for athletic trainers and health educators,” said Al Campanella, Executive Vice President for Virtua. “Students who complete their associate and bachelor’s degrees in this field will be well prepared for a career in state-of-the-art fitness centers, similar to Virtua’s three Health and Wellness centers in southern New Jersey.”

Health Sciences jobs are among the fastest growing in the country. The projected growth between 2014 and 2024 is 21 percent for athletic trainers and 13 percent for health educators. These careers also carry very competitive salaries. Median pay is $44,670 for athletic trainers, $47,010 for exercise physiologists and $43,840 for health educators and community health workers.

This program will cover nutritional requirements for consumers that promote health and wellness, explore the relationship of exercise science with health and wellness, and serve as the essential first step for the student who wishes to continue in this field.

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