Washington State University’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology was awarded initial accreditation for its bachelor of science in nutrition and exercise physiology degree program by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences, under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

NEP, which is part of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, is the first exercise science program to be accredited by Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences in Washington and one of only 62 accredited programs in the U.S.

“Earning this accreditation is a major accomplishment for our program and gives us a competitive edge here in Washington and across the nation,” said Glen Duncan, chair and professor for the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. “Not only does it further validate the quality of education we’re providing to our students, it places our students ahead of the curve in preparation for professional careers in exercise science.”

Founded in 2004, the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences establishes standards and guidelines for academic programs that facilitate the preparation of students seeking employment in the health, fitness, and exercise industry.

NEP’s accreditation assures students and stakeholders that the program meets the standards of education in exercise science developed by leading professionals and organizations. It also benefits students by lowering the cost and easing the registration process for credentialing exams, and gives students a leg up on credentialing exams, which are expected to be required in future years.

The initial accreditation period is for five years.