SPOKANE – The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Metabolism (ExMet) degree program at Washington State University Spokane has been granted Developmental Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association.

ExMet is the only bachelor’s degree program in the nation to be endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and accredited by the American Dietetics Association (ADA).

The only program of its kind in the Northwest, ExMet integrates the study of exercise and nutrition, focusing on biological and social/psychological interrelationships and their effect on the health of individuals.

Students completing this unique undergraduate degree are eligible to take national examinations for accreditation as entry-level dietitians and as certified ACSM Exercise Specialists. The degree program offers an interdisciplinary examination and evaluation of the multiple influences on individual health. Graduates have a competitive edge and extensive knowledge in the areas of both exercise physiology and nutrition.

Sally Blank, director of the Program in Health Sciences at WSU Spokane, has said that  “By creating this integrated program, we are transcending the boundaries of other health-science programs that limit students to a single emphasis. Now students can have expert backgrounds in two areas instead of one. We expect [graduates will] be leaders in the health field.”

The ExMet program is accepting student applications for Fall 2006.

About Washington State University Spokane
Washington State University Spokane is the urban campus of WSU, a land-grant research university founded in 1890. The campus features advanced studies and research in health sciences and health professions, the design disciplines, education, social and policy sciences, and science and technology. WSU is one of just 78 public and private research universities in America with comprehensive doctoral programs coupled with human or veterinary medicine, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Related Web sites:

* Exercise Physiology & Metabolism Degree Program:  www.spokane.wsu.edu/academic/exercisemetabolism/

* American Dietetics Association:  www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/career_2193_ENU_HTML.htm