Ohio Dominican University’s Exercise Science program produces quality students with outstanding background knowledge in exercise science. These students will have a true appreciation for the dynamics of the human body.
ODU’s Exercise Science majors have the advantage of small class sizes, personal interaction with faculty, and the opportunity to pursue internships with local and home-based institutions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to be involved with research, including testing, analyzing and presenting findings of the research project.
Every student has the opportunity to participate in an internship their senior year, pending completion of all required major courses and a 3.0 GPA. Since the initiation of the Exercise Science program, students have been accepted into Nursing programs, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs, graduate Exercise Science programs, Physician Assistant programs, Medical programs and Dental programs. Students who have not gone to professional or graduate school have found employment with Westerville Parks and Recreation.
Dr. John Thistlethwaite is the creator and director of the Exercise Science program. He also is the Chair of the Natural Sciences Department. His research interests include cardiopulmonary and metabolism regulation particularly pertaining to obese and Type II diabetic individuals.
Dr. Brad Nelson came to ODU from the University of Florida. He is the primary or co-author of 14 articles and 20 abstracts. His research interests include investigation of pathways of skeletal muscle disuse atrophy, specifically diaphragmatic atrophy resulting from mechanical ventilation. Other research interests include postural regulation of fluid balance and nitric oxide mediated skin blood flow.