Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science
  • Professors advise student that is performing physical evaluation on another student in the gym

This emphasis contains basic pre-professional preparation for graduate work at institutions with the master’s and doctoral physical therapy or occupational therapy programs required for a career in this field. Completion of a graduate programs leads to licensure in physical therapy or occupational therapy.


  • You will learn about humans from several unique perspectives (i.e. physiological, biomechanical, motor behavioral) with an underlying theme of fitness and its benefits.
  • You will gain a foundation for pursuing professional careers in physical or occupational therapy.
  • Courses specifically address your career goals for a master's or doctoral degree.

Career opportunities

Potential career paths include home health care services, nursing care facilities, offices of physicians or related medical fields, and medical or surgical hospitals.

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

Don Diboll
Don Diboll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology


Devin Beasley, Ed.D.
Devin Beasley, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Amy Brogan
Amy Brogan, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

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Fay Nielsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology