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Kinesiology - Pre-Physical Therapy Specialization, BS

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Department of Physical Education, Health & Recreation, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

104-105 credits


This major provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological and pathological perspectives. The program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry or any other field such as coaching or rehabilitation, where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (i.e., physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health/ 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 more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.

Why Consider a Pre-Physical Therapy Specialization in the Kinesiology Major?

The pre-physical therapy option is available for students who wish to pursue graduate study in a physical therapy program. Students meet with an advisor to select a set of courses that will meet the admission requirements of their program(s) of choice. This option also can serve as a foundation for graduate study in exercise science.

The Kinesiology major is in very high demand at Western. See the Kinesiology pre-major and major declaration policy to learn how and when you can declare the pre-major. Prior to declaring the pre-major, and after declaring the pre-major but before being advanced to major status, WWU students are strongly urged to obtain and utilize advising information from the Kinesiology program web page, or the PEHR department office (CV 102), to know what classes are recommended to be taken to prepare for the major. 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.

 Contact Information

General Kinesiology

Sherena Geariety
Carver 102

Pre-Physical Therapy
Specialization Advisors

Gordon Chalmers
Engineering Technology 275

David Suprak
Carver 105

Michelle Mielke
Carver 24

Jun San Juan
Carver 106

Program Coordinator
Gordon Chalmers
Engineering Technology 275

 Sample Careers

Wellness Coordinator | Health Club Manager | Personal Trainer | Fitness Product Sales | Pharmaceutical Drug Sales | Biomedical Research &/or Sales | Athletic Trainer* | Nutrition Specialist* | Graduate School in Kinesiology*
*with post-baccalaureate study

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

  1. Any WWU student with 75 credits completed and a GPA of at least 2.50 may declare a Kinesiology pre-major and be placed on the waitlist to declare a Kinesiology major. If the student has no WWU GPA for at least one quarter, the GPA of the most recent institution attended will be used. Initial academic advisement will be provided by PEHR staff.
  2. By the end of the second week of spring quarter and by the end of the second week of fall quarter, students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be notified of being converted to major status if their position on the waitlist is within the group of students eligible for the fall and winter sections of KIN 301, respectively.
  3. Once converted to major status, students are assigned an individual faculty advisor, and students with the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to register for KIN 301, BIOL 348, and other required/elective Kinesiology major classes.

Contact Sherena Geariety in the PEHR department to declare the pre-major when you meet the above requirements listed in point #1.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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