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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Health Sciences

100 Nixson Hall
PH: 330-672-2197 | Fax: 330-672-2194


The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science comprises three concentrations: Exercise Physiology; Exercise Specialist; and Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy.

The Exercise Physiology concentration prepares students for graduate school in exercise physiology or health care professions (i.e., physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry or medical school).

The Exercise Specialist concentration enables students to prepare for work in the clinical setting, ranging from a career in wellness to cardiac rehabilitation.

The Pre-Pysical/Occupational Therapy concentration prepares students for subsequent graduate school in this area.

Note: Exercise Science is one route to Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy advanced study programs.  Athletic Training is another option for pursuing advancement into PT and/or OT graduate programs.  Specifically, Athletic Training involves clinical courses and dual-certificate (AT/PT) opportunities for those choosing Pre-PT/OT as a course of study.  Additionally, Integrated Health Studies provides a viable course of study which can also serve as a Pre-PT/OT curricula for interested students.  The Health Science concentration includes a strong math and science curriculum which provides a solid foundation for numerous health/medical graduate degrees in particular physical and occupational therapy.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapists held about 173,000 jobs in 2006. The number of jobs is greater than the number of practicing physical therapists because some physical therapists hold two or more jobs. For example, some may work in a private practice, but also work part time in another health care facility.

About 6 out of 10 physical therapists worked in hospitals or in offices of physical therapists. Other jobs were in the home health care services industry, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and offices of physicians. Some physical therapists were self-employed in private practices, seeing individual patients and contracting to provide services in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, home health care agencies, adult day care programs, and schools. Physical therapists also teach in academic institutions and conduct research.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university.

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours. Minimum 2.250 GPA in major and 2.000 cumulative GPA.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee



Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences