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WSU Health Professions Student Center Pre-Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

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Pre-Nutrition and Exercise
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LeeAnn Tibbals


Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

A unique program that combines two disciplines into one degree.

The Nutrition and Exercise Physiology program at WSU is a 2-plus-2 program and is designed for students who seek a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.

+What is a 2+2 program?

The first two years of the curriculum are completed at WSU Pullman and the second two years are completed at the WSU health sciences campus in Spokane. In Pullman, you will be required to complete at least 60 semester credit hours of specific prerequisites and complete most of your University Common Requirements coursework. The Pre-Health Office is here to help you choose the appropriate coursework, assist you with the application process, and offer advice so you can become the most competitive applicant for the second half of the Nutrition & Exercise Physiology program. The full curriculum integrates exercise physiology, human nutrition, biological sciences, and social and psychological sciences. This degree can lead to dual credentialing: as an exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine and as a registered dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

+Sample curriculum

Useful as a starting point when considering your academic options. Pre-NEP Advising Worksheet | pdf

+Professional School Requirements

Required Courses

  • Introductory Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • General Biology 1 & II
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Public Speaking
  • Completed UCORE

Admission criteria for WSU program

  • B.S. NEP Supplemental Application pkt due Jan. 31.
  • Applicants must be at junior standing (60 semester credits).
  • All college course work completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course.
  • Three letters of recommendation; two from instructors and one from an employer or volunteer supervisor.
  • Evidence of experience/volunteer/community service is necessary to be admitted and certified into Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.
  • Personal Statement: one page essay describing your reasons for choosing and your preparation for the field.
  • Not required but strongly recommended: Completion of Junior Writing Portfolio.
  • Interviews are decided by the Admission Committee and occur in April.



+Helpful Links

U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay, and more. Each profile also includes Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment projections for the 2012–22 decade.

American Nutrition Association

This 40-year old non-profit organization is ‘a community where Professionals, Individuals, and Organizations can interact to promote optimal health through nutrition and wellness education.’

Day in the Life: Dietitian

A short but informative YouTube video that explains what a typical day in the career life of a dietitian is like.

Dietitian of Nutritionist- Whats the Difference?

This resource from explains why dieticians are considered to be nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.

What Does an Exercise Physiologist Do?

This website describes the profession, training, working conditions and salary range of exercise physiologists. This site also provides links to multiple related articles.