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.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (36 CREDIT HOURS):
• Introduction to Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
• Safety and First Aid
• Physical Activity, Recreation and Sports for Special Populations
• Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries
• Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness
• Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics
• Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology and Sports
• Evaluation of Athletic Injuries
• Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities
• Exercise Physiology
• Legal and Ethical Issues in Kinesiology and Sports
• Internship in Kinesiology and Sports
V. SUPPORTING COURSES (38 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Biology: Cells, Genetics and Organ Systems, Lab
• General Biology: Organisms and Populations, Lab
• Anatomy and Physiology I
• Anatomy and Physiology II
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab
• General Psychology
VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
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.