Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Pre-PT/Health Science Concentration

The American Physical Therapy Association defines the role of physical therapists (PTs) as “…health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.”

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-PT/Health Science Concentration is designed to meet the prerequisite requirements of students pursuing acceptance into Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs and also meet the requirements for a range of career paths. The Physical Therapy pathway allows students build a foundation and learn skills in the field of rehabilitation medicine and decide which career—in physical or occupational therapy, or athletic training—is most appropriate for them.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a projected 36% growth in job opportunities for physical therapists. Physical therapists work in hospitals, outpatient clinical settings, schools, industrial settings, and private practice.

Occupational therapist job opportunities are expected to grow at the rate of 29%.  Occupational therapists work in many of the same settings as physical therapists and also have opportunities in mental health settings. The projected growth for athletic trainers is 19%.

The Pre-PT/Health Science students’ education begins with a broad understanding in health sciences—biology, anatomy & physiology, and kinesiology, personal & 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 Advanced Personal Trainer (APT) certification in the second year and an internship in health and fitness in their final year.

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

Read about the Pre-PT/Health Science Curriculum here!