B.S. in Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

The pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy emphasis contains basic pre-professional preparation for graduate work at other institutions with physical therapy or occupational therapy programs. Completion of work at these graduate programs will ultimately lead to licensure in physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Unique Features

An important feature of this kinesiology emphasis is that students will learn about humans from several unique perspectives (e.g., physiological, biomechanical, motor behavioral) that all have an underlying theme of fitness and its benefits. This provides an ideal foundation for students pursuing professional careers in physical or occupational therapy.

Students also choose courses that specifically address their future career goals. In consultation with the program director, students choose emphasis courses carefully, according to the catalog of the program they wish to enter for a master's or doctoral degree.

Our Graduates

Students must obtain a master's or doctoral degree in order to practice in the field of physical therapy or occupational therapy. This major provides basic pre-professional preparation for obtaining these degrees.

Potential career paths:

  • Home health care services
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Offices of physicians or related medical fields
  • Medical or surgical hospitals


General Education Prerequisites (12 Units)

  • BIOL-101L Principles of Biology (4)
  • or BIOL-110L General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
  • CHEM-101L General Chemistry I (4)
  • MATH-140 Pre-Calculus (4)
  • or MATH-210 Calculus (4)

Required Courses (61-62 Units)

Core Courses (39 units)

  • BIOL-331L Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIOL-332L Human Physiology (4)
  • KIN-251 Foundations in Kinesiology (3) 
  • KIN-275 Sport First Aid (3) 
  • KIN-330L Fundamentals of Motor Behavior (3) 
  • KIN-368 Analysis of Aquatics (1) 
  • KIN-369 Analysis of Fitness Activities (1) 
  • KIN-390 Internship in Kinesiology (3) 
  • KIN-401L Biomechanics (4) 
  • KIN-406L Physiology of Exercise I (4) 
  • KIN-485 Senior Seminar (2) 
  • MATH-311 Statistics for the Natural Sciences (3) 
  • PHYS-120L General Physics I (4)

Emphasis Courses (22-23 units)

Select courses with advisor approval from the following list (other courses are possible with approval):

  • BIOL-340L Microbiology (4)
  • CHEM-102L General Chemistry II (4) 
  • CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry I (3) 
  • CHEM-311 Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM-312L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2) 
  • KIN-270 Nutrition (3) 
  • KIN-395 Sport and Exercise Psychology (3) 
  • KIN-441L Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (3) 
  • KIN-450L Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance (3) 
  • KIN-470L Physiology of Exercise II (3) 
  • KIN-481 Research in Kinesiology (1-3)*
  • PHYS-121L General Physics II (4) 
  • PSY-360 Life-Span Development (3) 
  • PSY-410 Abnormal Psychology (4)

*Must take at least 1 unit of this course for the purposes of developing a research project if KIN-470L is not selected. (KIN- 470L has a research component.)

Further Information

Each graduate program has special requirements that may vary slightly. Students should contact the school(s) of their choice during their junior year at FPU and work closely with their program advisor in selecting the appropriate courses within this emphasis. In some instances, it may be necessary to take a specific course at another institution to meet a certain requirement of a given graduate program. Also, some students may need to take more than the minimum number of emphasis units in order to meet the entry requirements of the selected graduate program.

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