Kristina Nork

The mission of the Exercise Science Department at Gardner-Webb University is to develop competent and contributing entry-level professionals in the field of exercise science in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (abilities) learning domains, with a Christian foundation grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition. This is accomplished by providing quality academic preparation that incorporates both classroom and supervised practical experiences.

The Exercise Science program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program has also received endorsement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Job Demand

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Exercise Physiologists is expected to grow faster than average (19 percent) between 2012 and 2022. Some trends that will result in more need for more professionals in this field: child and adult obesity rates, increased interest in fitness, more companies and organizations offering fitness programs to their employees. (Source:

Our students are exceptionally well-prepared for graduate school and professional studies as well as for careers in a variety of health profession fields.