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    Located at Morris County School of Technology, Denville

    The Exercise Science Program is a 2-year program that focuses on health and fitness. This program is designed for 11th and 12th grade students in Morris County who are interested in careers in the health and fitness industry. The Exercise Science program provides a foundation for a variety of career pathways, some that allow for immediate entry into the workforce after high school and many of which require 2 or 4-year degrees.

    Morris County high school students in 10th grade may apply for their 11th and 12th grade year. 

    Check out the Exercise Science Virtual Information Session Recording to learn more about the program!


Phone: 973-627-4600 x136


Degrees and Certifications:


Ms. Whitehead

Katie earned a BS in athletic training from Springfield College, Massachusetts and an MS in exercise science from Montclair State University, New Jersey.  She started at MCST in 2014 with the sports medicine academy and transitioned to the exercise science program when it started in 2020.  Before teaching, Katie worked as an athletic trainer throughout the northeast with a variety of high school, college, and professional teams, and continues to work in the field on a limited basis.  While she has enjoyed moving from the athletic field to the classroom and working with students in a different capacity, she occasionally misses working outside, but only when the weather is nice!

Overview of Program

  • Students attend the following sessions for this Share Time program

    Year 1 Students: Morning Session 8:00-10:40 am
    Year 2 Students: Afternoon Session 12:10-2:50 pm

    Students earn: 20 Career and Technical Education credits per school year

    Students learn/experience:

    • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Course (includes CPR, AED certification)
    • Personal Trainer Certification
    • Field Experiences
    • Internship
    • Business Simulation 
    • Articulated College Credits
    • Business& Industry partnerships
    • Networking opportunities
    • Hands-on
    • Active learning environment

    Students are required to:

    • Read and comprehend information at the high school level
    • Initiate tasks independently and collaboratively 
    • Follow multi-step directions
    • Apply related science concepts
    • Physical participation 

    Career Pathways- Students who complete this program are well prepared to pursue post-secondary education and/or employment-related to health and fitness. Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Allied Health
    • Athletic Training
    • Biomechanics
    • Cardiac& Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Corporate Wellness
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Fitness/Health Facility Management 
    • Group Fitness Instruction 
    • Health and Physical Education
    • Nutrition
    • Personal Training
    • Research
    • Sports management
    • Strength & Conditioning
    • Work collaboratively