Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Kinesiology - Pre-Physical Therapy Specialization, BS
What is the study of Kinesiology - Pre-Physical Therapy 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., physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, 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-physical therapy option is available for students who wish to pursue graduate study in a physical therapy program. 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
This specialization is ideally designed to prepare students to apply to Physical Therapy School.
Additional Career Options Exist
- 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*
*with post-baccalaureate study