Career Opportunities for Kinesiology and Public Health Students
Kinesiology Careers and Continuing Education
Kinesiology students are successfully accepted to medical school and PT programs.
Over the last four years, 54.9% of Kinesiology undergraduate applicants have been accepted to medical schools and 78.3% of Kinesiology undergraduate applicants have been accepted into doctorate of physical therapy (DPT) programs.
Common Career Paths
- Medical school
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physician assistant
- Athletic training
- Cardiac rehab
- Clinical exercise physiology
- Strength and conditioning
Advancing Your Education
|School Type||Typically Required Courses|
|Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Physician’s Assistant||2 sem Biology with lab, 2 sem Physics with lab, 4-5 sem Chemistry with lab (College, Org, Biochem), 1 sem Sociology, 1 Psychology, 1 sem Statistics|
|Nursing(2nd career in Nursing Program)||2 sem General Chemistry with lab, 1 sem Biochemistry, 1 sem Organic Chemistry, 1 sem Human Anatomy, 1 sem Microbiology with lab, 1 sem Psychology, 1 sem Sociology, 1 sem Statistics|
|Occupational Therapy||1-2 sem Biology with lab, 1 sem Human Anatomy, 1 sem Sociology, 1 sem Physiology, 3 sem Psychology, 1 sem Statistics|
|Physical Therapy||2 sem Biology with lab, 2 sem Physics with lab, 2 sem Chemistry with lab (College), 1 sem Human Anatomy, 1 sem Physiology, 2 sem Psychology, 1 sem Statistics|
*If you are interested in any one of these areas, you will need to take additional classes.
Visit the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education for information about careers in the health professions and the pre-medical studies co-major. Also check for the specific requirements of schools you are interested in attending, as they may differ from the suggested courses listed above.
Contact a Kinesiology Advisor
Physical / Occupational Therapy Advisor:
William Berg, Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health
Medical / Dental / Physician Assistant Advisor:
Tailyn Walborn, Department of Biology
Dean Smith, Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health
Public Health Careers
- City and County Health Departments
- Employee Health & Wellness
- Health Coach
- Health Educator
- Health Promoter in Schools
- Hospital Wellness Programs
- Private Health Organizations
- Public Health Organizations
- University Wellness Program Coordinator
*If you are interested in sitting for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) Exam through the NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing) meet with your academic advisor for the CHES Exam eligibility requirements.