Feb 20, 2024
Program Director: Donald Diboll, Ph.D.
The pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy emphasis contains basic pre-professional preparation for graduate work at other institutions with physical therapy or occupational therapy programs. Completion of work at these graduate programs will ultimately lead to licensure in physical therapy or occupational therapy. Each graduate program has special requirements that may vary between programs. Students should contact the school(s) of their choice during their sophomore year at FPU and work closely with their program advisor in selecting the appropriate courses within this emphasis. In some instances, it may be necessary to take a specific course at another institution to meet a certain requirement of a given graduate program. Also, some students may need to take more than the minimum number of emphasis units in order to meet the entry requirements of the selected graduate program.
An important feature of this kinesiology emphasis is that students will learn about humans from several unique perspectives (e.g., physiological, biomechanical, motor behavioral) that all have an underlying theme of fitness and its benefits. This provides an ideal foundation for students pursuing professional careers in physical or occupational therapy.
Department Chair: Jim Ave, Ph.D.
Kinesiology Program Overview
The word kinesiology refers to the study of human movement, and the School of Natural Sciences uses it as an umbrella term that includes several different academic programs. In the undergraduate program, the Department of Kinesiology has three Bachelor of Arts emphases and two Bachelor of Science emphases. The B.A. emphases are exercise science, fitness management and physical education teaching. The Bachelor of Science degrees are more academically rigorous and include a research component. The B.S. emphases include exercise physiology and pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy. The Department of Kinesiology also offers two minors: coaching and physical education teaching. A detailed description of each major and each minor follows.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate comprehension of content-specific knowledge from the kinesiology foundations.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, evaluate fitness components using appropriate techniques and instruments.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate ability to perform, teach, and evaluate various motor skills appropriate to the intended population and purpose.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, use the appropriate method of research to answer questions and solve problems in the kinesiology disciplines.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, comprehend the importance of a Biblical worldview as it relates to personal and professional conduct.
Offered on the main campus in Fresno
General Education Prerequisites
Required Courses (62-64 Units)
Emphasis Courses (16-18 Units)
Select courses with advisor approval from the following list (other courses not listed are possibilities with approval):