August 21, 2019

Wayne State University’s Exercise and Sport Science undergraduate program receives accreditation

Exercise and sport science students leading STEM Day participants in warm-up exercises

During the past six years, Wayne State University’s Exercise and Sport Science undergraduate program has grown nearly 255%, with a 90% retention level. That success hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The College of Education program was recently granted initial accreditation by the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The board acted upon the accreditation recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).

“The faculty and staff have worked together to expand course offerings, build interdisciplinary research collaborations and design systemic operations to support and increase student success,” said Linda Jiménez, program director for the Exercise and Sport Science program. “We are honored to receive this accreditation, as it validates all of the hard work we have done.” 

Graduates from the undergraduate program are accepted to a variety of graduate professional programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies and medicine.

Doctoral students, Alyssa Morgan and Valerie Smith-Hale, working with Firstbeat Technologies

“We understand that students are seeking advanced educational credentials in a variety of fields, and the program prepares them for graduate studies,” said Jiménez. “The College of Education also offers master’s and doctoral programs in exercise and sport science.” 

The accreditation process includes a thorough review of the program, curriculum, resources, faculty and staff, and a site visit. Wayne State’s Exercise and Sport Science program was determined to be in substantial compliance with the nationally approved standards and guidelines for educational programs as established by the exercise science profession.

CAAHEP accredits more than 2,200 educational programs that prepare health professionals in 32 different disciplines. Accreditation is a process that is meant to protect the public and ensure a supply of qualified health care professionals. For more information about CAAHEP and accreditation, visit

For information on the Exercise and Sport Science program, visit

About the College of Education

For more than a century, the Wayne State University College of Education has prepared effective urban educators who are reflective, innovative and committed to diversity. Its Teacher Education Division boasts one of the most comprehensive, well-established programs in the country, and all four academic divisions offer a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in nearly 30 program areas, including learning design and technology, leadership and policy, kinesiology, sports administration, education evaluation and research, health education, educational psychology and counseling. To learn more, visit   

About Wayne State University 
Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students. For more information, visit


Tracy Walker
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