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Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences

The Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training; Bachelor of Science in Health, Exercise Science Concentration; Masters of Science in Health, Exercise Science and Chronic Disease; and Doctor of Physical Therapy.  

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training will prepare students for the Board of Certification Examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer and a career at the secondary school, college and university, and professional athletic, clinic, hospital, industrial, and performing arts settings. The Athletic Training Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Information about the accreditation status can be obtained from CAATE at View the admission and degree requirements.

Program Admission Changes: The accrediting body for Athletic Training Education (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) has revised the Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs.  The new standards require all professional athletic training programs to be at the Master’s degree level starting in 2022.  Based on this change in education requirements, the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences at UNF admitted the last cohort/class into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in Fall 2017.  Pending UNF Board of Trustee approval, the first Master of Science in Athletic Training class/cohort is projected to be admitted in Fall 2018.

The Exercise Science Concentration culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Health (BSH) degree. Of major concern to society is the health and well-being of its citizens. Exercise Physiologists are health care professionals that utilize knowledge of the human body’s adaptive responses to exercise to address an individual’s health, fitness, or performance goals. The Exercise Science Concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). View the admission and degree requirements

The Masters of Science in Health (MSH), Exercise Science and Chronic Disease (ESCD) is a life sciences degree that integrates advanced training in exercise science and epidemiology. The field of Exercise Epidemiology examines the relationship(s) between physical activity, sedentary behavior and fitness level with chronic diseases ubiquitous in today’s society. The MSH in ESCD curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the areas of health and fitness, preventive medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, strength and conditioning, lifestyle coaching, and clinical research. Thesis option students will begin preparation towards becoming independent investigators by developing the skills necessary to conduct original research. View the admission and degree requirements.    

Physical Therapists are health professionals who work with individuals in preventing, evaluating, and treating physical dysfunction and injury. An understanding of human movement serves as the foundation for the practice of physical therapy. The Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Florida (UNF) provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to become generalist practitioners of the highest caliber. Physical therapists are graduates of an accredited physical therapy program who have passed a licensure examination. UNF's Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination. View the admission and degree requirements.


Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences Faculty

Joel W. Beam, Ed.D, A.T.C., L.A.T., Professor, Chair    

Program Directors

Michelle Boling, Ph.D, A.T.C., L.A.T., Associate Professor, Athletic Training 
James R. Churilla, Ph.D., MPH, MS, RCEP, FACSM, Associate Professor, Graduate Exercise Science & Chronic Disease
Peter Magyari, Ph.D., EP-C, FACSM, CSCS, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Exercise Science

Undergraduate Faculty 

Joel W. Beam, EdD, ATC, LAT, Professor
Michelle Boling, PhD, ATC, LAT, Associate Professor
Bernadette Buckley, PhD, ATC, LAT, Associate Professor
Timothy Burrows, MS, Adjunct Instructor
Melissa Conway-Hartman, MEd, ATC, LAT, EP-C,Instructor
Greg Cosentino, MSH, CSCS, Adjunct Instructor
Ben Gordon, PhD, RECP, CES, CSCS, Assistant Professor
Christopher Joyce, PhD, ATC, LAT, CCRA, CSCS, Associate Professor
Peter Magyari, PhD, HFS, CSCS, EP-C, Associate Professor  
Nicole Nelson, MSH, EP-C, LMT, Adjunct Instructor
Michael Richardson, MSH, EP-C, Instructor   

Graduate Faculty

Chitra Lakshmi K Balasubramanian, PT, PhD, Associate Professor
Sara Bertrand, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Adjunct Instructor
James R. Churilla, PhD, MPH, MS, RCEP, FACSM, Associate Professor
Nicholas LaRosa, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Assistant Professor
Beven Livingston, PT, PhD, ATC, Associate Professor
Mary Lundy, PT, MS, DPT, C/NDT, Assistant Professor
Seth Magnani, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, Adjunct Instructor
Cynthia Neville, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD, Adjunct Instructor
Jacqueline Osborne, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, Adjunct Instructor
Raine Osborne, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMT, Adjunct Instructor
Sherry Pinkstaff, PT, PhD, DPT, Associate Professor
Kim Richardson, PharmD, Adjunct Instructor
Rob Robinson, PT, DPT, GCS, Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Adjunct Instructor 
Dawn Saracino, PT, DPT, NCS, Senior Instructor
Donni Welch-Rawls, PT, DPT, MS, Director of Clinical Education