The Kinesiology — Pre-Healthcare Professions program is a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. The Pre-Healthcare Professions option is ideal for students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate study in a healthcare profession such as occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, naturopathy, or chiropractic, or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health and 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 an in-depth analysis of the principles associated with human structure and function.
“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., Emeritus Faculty and Founder of the Center for Performance Excellence
Beyond the Classroom
Students in the program participate in field or internship experiences, but also have the opportunity to make connections with peers and professionals through the Kin Club. The Kinesiology Club is devoted to helping students prepare for future careers by creating friendships, developing leadership skills, participating in events, interacting with health-care and fitness professionals, and learning how to become competitive candidates for careers and graduate schooling.
Careers and Graduate Studies
Employers of Recent Western Graduates:
- Fremont County Ambulance: Medic
- Full Life Care: Heads Up Traumatic Brain injury Activity Coordinator
- Infinity Rehab: Rehab Aide
- My Spine Chiropractic and Massage: Trainer
- Olympia Physical Therapy: Exercise Specialist
- Pioneer Human Services: Detox Treatment Specialist
- Summit Place Assisted Living: CAN
- Sunset Yoga Works: Certified Yoga Instructor