Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Kinesiology - Pre-Healthcare Professions Specialization, BS
What is the study of Kinesiology - Pre-Healthcare Professions Specialization?
This major provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological and pathological perspectives. The program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry or any other field such as coaching or rehabilitation, where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (i.e., occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health/ fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education and physics are included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The pre-healthcare professions option is available for students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate study in a healthcare profession such as occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, naturopathy or chiropractic. Students meet with an advisor to select a set of courses that will meet the admission requirements of their program(s) of choice. This option also can serve as a foundation for graduate study in exercise science.
"Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance"
- Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Faculty
- Occupational Therapy*
- Physician Assistant*
- Naturopathic Medicine*
- Chiropractic Medicine*
Additional Career Options
- Wellness Coordinator
- Health Club Manager
- Personal Trainer
- Pharmaceutical Drug Sales
- Biomedical Research &/or Sales
- Fitness Product Sales
- Athletic Trainer*
- Nutrition Specialist*
- Graduate School in Kinesiology*