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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Exercise Science Program Earns First CAAHEP Accreditation

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s Health, Physical Education and Human Performance Department recently made history, becoming the first undergraduate exercise science program to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

“This is a very young discipline,” said Dr. Susan Muller, department chair. “We’re headed toward licensing as a requirement for employment, just like athletic trainers. Being on the front end of this movement is good for our program. Accreditation is the first step in this process.”

In the past few years, the number of students studying exercise science has increased from 23 to some 177. The number of faculty in that program has grown, as well, to accommodate the increase in students.

CAAHEP is the largest accreditor of allied health education programs. In collaboration with its committees on accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2,000 educational programs in 20 health science occupations. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu. "



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