The pre-health professions program within the kinesiology and health major is an excellent choice when considering a way to prepare for professional school programs in human medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, and other related health care professions.
The kinesiology and health pre-health professions curriculum not only allows you to complete the foundation sciences required for professional school admission (chemistry, physics, biology, math), but it will also prepare you with a focus in human function and movement along with health.
The specialized sciences of biomechanics, motor control, physiology of exercise, etc. will enhance your background in human-focused sciences as well as preventive medicine – today’s medicine!
- Biomechanical aspects of human movement
- Physiology of exercise
- Motor behavior and control
- Exercise psychology
- Human diseases
- Professional coursework (minimum of 9 credits in advanced levels of the human movement sciences above)
- Specialization area (minimum of 26 credits in chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy/physiology, and math) — courses required by your professional school of interest
Field experience is required for admission to most professional schools but is not required in this curriculum.
4-Year Plans (Pre-Health Professions)
Preparation for advanced study
After earning the bachelor of science degree at Iowa State University, advanced study is required to earn a license to practice in such areas as:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Human medicine
- Physician assistant
- Other health care professions