Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science
  • Professors advise student that is performing physical evaluation on another student in the gym
  • Student stretching arms behind their back

As a kinesiology major with a pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy emphasis at Fresno Pacific University, you will be equipped with the foundation to pursue a professional career in physical or occupational therapy. As part of this major, you’ll start working closely with graduate program advisors to gain the pre-professional preparation for graduate school. In class, you’ll learn about humans from several unique perspectives—physiological, biomechanical and motor behavioral—all through the underlying lens of fitness so that you can gain the broad foundation of knowledge required for higher coursework.


  • Start working with graduate program advisors your sophomore year and tailor your studies to that specific institution
  • Gain a broad foundation for physical or occupational therapy
  • Small class sizes allow for more personalized instruction and mentoring

Career opportunities

This major will prepare you to obtain the master’s in occupational therapy or doctoral degree in pre-physical therapy required to obtain licensure and practice in the field. Potential career paths include home health care services, private physical therapy, nursing care facilities, offices of physicians or related medical fields and medical/surgical hospitals.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Emphasis Courses (16-18 Units)

Select courses with advisor approval from the following list (other courses not listed are possibilities with approval)

BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 121LGeneral Biology: Diversity and Ecology Lab0
BIOL 340Microbiology4
BIOL 340LMicrobiology Lab0
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 104LGeneral Chemistry II Lab0
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
KIN 270Nutrition3
KIN 395Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN 441Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription4
KIN 441LFitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Lab0
KIN 451Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance3
KIN 451LExercise Programming for Fitness and Performance0
PHYS 121General Physics II4
PHYS 121LGeneral Physics II Lab0
PSY 350Child Development3
PSY 360Life-Span Development3
PSY 375Biopsychology4
PSY 410Abnormal Psychology4

Program director

Photo of Don Diboll

Don Diboll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology


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Fay Nielsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology