Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Health Care Professions:
Dr. Gordon Chalmers
(360) 650-3113 Gordon.Chalmers@wwu.edu
Dr. Michelle Mielke
(360) 650-4227 Michelle.Mielke@wwu.edu
Dr. Dave Suprak
(360) 650-2586, Dave.Suprak@wwu.edu
Dr. Linda Keeler
(360) 650-3514, Linda.Keeler@wwu.edu
The Kinesiology Program provides concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological, and physiological perspectives. This program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry and can serve as a preparatory program for graduate or post-baccalaureate study in the areas of aging, auxology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health/fitness, motor control/learning, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, or similar allied health programs, and sport psychology. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, health education, and physics may be included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.
Program requirements for the five areas of concentration offered:
The Kinesiology Program consists of two years of coursework. These include required core coursework in the following areas of professional activities: exercise science foundations, psychosocial and historical foundations, and field experience. Additionally, all Kinesiology students are required to select and take coursework in one of the following five areas of specialization: Movement Studies, Health & Fitness Specialist, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Health Care Professions, or Sport Psychology. It is important to note that completion of coursework for the Pre-Physical Therapy and the Pre-Health Care Professions options may take more than two years. Generally, Kinesiology students begin taking coursework at the beginning of their junior year; however, earlier entry is possible with general university requirements (GURs) and Kinesiology requirements are taken concurrently. Careful planning is required if students are to complete their degree during a four-year period.
The Kinesiology major is in very high demand at Western. WWU students are strongly urged to declare the Kinesiology major early in order to be connected with a departmental advisor and to develop a plan of study. Once declared as a major, however, students are not assured access to courses offered in the Kinesiology major until they have accumulated a significant number of credits, allowing them to register when there is space open in the desired classes. It is often not until late in the junior year or at the start of the senior year that students can start the core classes required in the Kinesiology major due to its popularity. Some required and elective courses for the Kinesiology major that are offered in other departments can be taken prior to Kinesiology courses. Due to very high enrollment and limited state funding, the time to degree for a major in Kinesiology may be extended beyond the normal period. Please declare your major as early as possible, and seek advising early and often.
Admission to the program
Students may be advanced to major status by emailing or going to the main PEHR office located in Carver 102 to speak with Sherena Geariety/Program Coordinator. She will assign you to a faculty advisor based on your area of study. After meeting with the advisor, you will be directed back to Sherena to fill out an official declaration form.
Internship & Field Experience
KIN 471 and 472 Internship Information
Internship manual - use this for general information on internships.
KIN 491 Field Experience Information
Field Experience Manual - use this for general information, and to provide information and evaluation forms to your agency supervisor.
Policy Regarding CPR and First Aid Certifications and Re-Certifications
Original certifications must be obtained through classes that contain a both a cognitive and hands-on practical assessment, no entirely online certifications will be accepted. Certification must also be from a professional organization that complies with the guidelines established by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and/or the American Heart Association. All re-certifications must include an in-person hands-on practical portion as well. Completely on-line certification or re-certification will not be accepted. The original signature of the instructor on the certification card indicating the completion of a practical portion will be required as evidence that the class was not online only class. Examples of organizations that provide this type of certification include the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and Medic First Aid however this list is not all inclusive.
First aid certification must be "standard" first aid.
CPR/AED certification must be for adults, although if student is working in an environment with children then child CPR is also advised.