Exercise Science Department Receives Reaccreditation
Only CAAHEP Accredited Program in Vermont and New Hampshire
March 4, 2015
Lyndon State College’s Department of Exercise Science obtained reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). When Lyndon’s Exercise Science program received its first national accreditation in 2010, it was the 24th institution; there are now 43 accredited institutions nation-wide. Lyndon is the only accredited exercise science program in Vermont or New Hampshire. The reaccreditation runs through 2024.
CAAHEP is the largest programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency in the health sciences field recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In collaboration with its 23 Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2100 entry level educational programs in 28 health science professions.
Lyndon is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (2005-present). Out of the approximately 400 exercise science programs nation-wide, Lyndon houses one of 15 programs to be both CAAHEP accredited and NSCA recognized.
The NSCA was founded in 1978 with 76 strength coaches from the United States. It has grown to nearly 30,000 members in 72 countries to become the world-wide authority in the research and education of strength and conditioning professionals. The NSCA ERP recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA. ERP recognitions are good for three years and schools are eligible for renewal following this three-year period.
CAAHEP Accreditation Director and Assistant Professor Gregory J. Ledoux said, “The Exercise Science Department extends gratitude to all students, staff, administrators, and faculty who contributed during this lengthy and rigorous reaccreditation process. The outcome is that we are one of 15 programs in the nation to be both CAAHEP accredited and NSCA recognized. The majority of other accredited and recognized programs are quite large in comparison to Lyndon. Our CAAHEP site visitors continue to be most impressed with our class sizes, alumni success, diverse faculty backgrounds, and unique hands-on learning opportunities.”