Kinesiology—Pre-Healthcare Professions

Kinesiology—Pre-Healthcare Professions


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.

Western’s Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“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

Sample Jobs

Pre-Health Care Specialization Careers: 

  • Nursing* 
  • Occupational Therapy* 
  • Physician Assistant* 
  • Naturopathic Medicine* 
  • Chiropractic Medicine* 

Additional Career Options 

  • Wellness Coordinator 
  • Health Club Manager 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 
  • Biomedical Research 
  • Biomedical Sales 
  • Fitness Product Sales 
  • Athletic Trainer* 
  • Nutrition Specialist* 

*with post-baccalaureate study

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.


Department of Health and Human Development - Kinesiology