Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy / Health Science Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy /Health Science Concentration is designed to meet the prerequisite requirements of students pursuing admission into a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and also meets the requirements for a range of career paths. The Pre-Physical Therapy pathway allows students to build a foundation and learn skills useful in the field of rehabilitation medicine and decide which career is most appropriate for them. In addition to Physical Therapy, graduates of this concentration may also pursue careers in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Strength and Conditioning and other sports medicine related professions.

The Pre-Physical Therapy/Health Science students’ education begins with a broad understanding in health sciences—biology, anatomy and physiology, and kinesiology, personal and community health—and leads to skill-building and hands on experience that includes first responder education, assessment and prescription, and lifespan motor development and learning. Students will complete the Advanced Personal Trainer (APT) certification in the second year and an internship in their final year.

The objectives for the Pre-Physical Therapy/Health Science concentration are similar to that of the Health and Fitness concentration program (see the program description for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science – Health and Fitness Concentration for detail). In addition, students will be well prepared to apply for the graduate schools in the field of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences upon completion of this concentration.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Exercise Science program students will:

  1. Apply their knowledge of structural and functional anatomy and the principles of physiology as they relate to the responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise.
  2. Develop research competency including to data acquisition, analysis and reporting pertaining to the athletic and fitness industry.
  3. Explain the importance of a physically active lifestyle, diet and exercise as means to improve quality of life and reduce the risk and prevalence of diseases.
  4. Assess the health and fitness needs and goals of healthy and unhealthy populations and develop an appropriate fitness prescription based upon that assessment.
  5. Apply principles of motor development theory to the challenges of human movement across the lifespan.
  6. Utilize practical knowledge to assess and respond appropriately to medical emergencies.


This sample curriculum sequence illustrates how a student might progress through the program. Course sequence may vary as long as prerequisites are met.

Pre-Physical Therapy / Health Sciences Concentration Curriculum

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsCourse NumberCourse NameCredits
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterSpring SemesterCredits
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
Math Elective
(MATH1200 or higher)
3EXSC1205Health and Fitness Skills3
BIOL1001Biology I4BIOL1002Biology II4
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3MATH2200Statistics3
Behavioral / Social Science Elective3Humanities / Fine Arts Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:16
Sophomore Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
BIOL2503Anatomy & Physiology I4BIOL2504Anatomy & Physiology II4
EXSC2203Personal and Community Health3EXSC2202Emergency Responder3
EXSC2205 Structural Kinesiology3EXSC2705Advanced Personal Trainer (ATP) Certification4
MATH2001Precalculus and Functions3ENGL1003Writing about Literature3
EXSC2204Fitness for Life3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:14
Junior Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3EXSC3300Exercise Physiology4
CHEM1001Chemistry I4CHEM1002Chemistry II4
PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology3EXSC3201Consumer Health3
EXSC3105Nutrition3General Education Elective3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:14
Senior Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EXSC4800Assessment & Prescription in Health & Fitness4EXSC4205Lifespan Motor Development and Learning3
EXSC4105Principles of Strength and Conditioning3EXSC4918Internship3
PHYS2001Physics I4PHYS2002Physics II4
General Education Elective3General Education Elective3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:14Semester Total:16
Total Credits:122

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-PT/Health Science Concentration, call 877.523.2537 or email