Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy)

The Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy at St. Edward’s is your first step toward a career as a physical therapist. You’ll learn to identify, prevent and correct movement dysfunction in people to promote optimum health. We emphasize hands-on learning through training in the field.

You’ll study a variety of scientific topics — in biology, physics and chemistry — as they relate to the human body, exercise and rehabilitation. When you graduate, you’ll have a strong foundation in the movement sciences. You’ll be well prepared for any Physical Therapy graduate program.

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy)


As a BA in Kinesiology major with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy, you’ll study the theories and practical knowledge related to the biological, socio-cultural, philosophical and psychological factors underlying movement. You’ll also learn to enhance motor skills through physical activities, measure fitness levels, design rehabilitation plans, and motivate individuals through fitness and wellness.

Students select this program with the goal of pursuing an advanced degree in physical therapy. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — fully prepares you for Physical Therapy graduate programs around the country.

Students who complete this program and go on to earn their graduate degree in physical therapy may work as physical therapists with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, athletic teams and the military, among others.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy complete core courses, which include Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics, Evaluation of Athletic Injuries, Exercise Physiology, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport and Kinesiology.

BA in Kinesiology majors with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy complete supporting courses, which include General Biology: Cells, Genetics and Organ Systems, Lab; General Chemistry, Lab; General Psychology; and Statistics.

You will participate in at least one student internship at a physical therapy clinic. Many students engage in additional internships to give them an edge in applying to physical therapy programs at the graduate level.

Internship sites have included the following:

  • First Choice Physical Therapy
  • Health South Rehab Clinic
  • Kapsner Chiropractic Center
  • Lone State Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Clinic
  • South Austin Therapy Group
  • St. David’s Rehab
  • Texas Back Institute

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy).


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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