Department of Kinesiology

Department of Kinesiology


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Department of Kinesiology

The Kinesiology Department exists within the College of Health Sciences and houses two major programs: a B.S. in Applied Health Science and a B.A. in Health and Human Performance.

The Department of Kinesiology offers students many unique opportunities to participate in practical laboratory and internship programs that are relevant to their future professional lives. Through these programs they are given opportunities to observe clinical practice in hospitals, physical therapy centers, and outpatient clinics, or to observe surgery and learn clinical skills directly from practicing healthcare professionals. The department offers many classes taught by practicing professionals and provides independent research opportunities for students under faculty guidance.

Graduates of the Department of Kinesiology are prepared for a wide variety of opportunities that await them after leaving Point Loma. Some students become teachers, coaches, or program directors at hospitals and sports clinics. The majority of our students go on to graduate schools in physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, athletic training, medicine, nursing, exercise physiology, biomechanics and sport science. Other students become fitness professionals, strength and conditioning specialists, teachers, coaches and athletic administrators. 


Clinical Experiences:  The clinical education component of our majors is considered the pinnacle of the course of study as students prepare to be practicing professionals.

Internships:  Students are encouraged toward semester-long internships at healthcare, educational and fitness entities in San Diego, as well as with professional sports teams.

Teaching:  Students who desire to become teachers are encouraged to pursue the 4-year blended program in teaching.

Major Events in Program History – Undergraduate

Over the past 10-15 years, a shift has occurred in student career interests.  While students have continued to be interested in the traditional teaching/coaching professions, increasing numbers of students are entering the department interested in the allied healthcare professions.

In 2013, the Exercise and Sport Science major (now called Health and Human Performance) was added to our department and the Physical Education major was phased out.  The new major has two concentrations: Exercise and Sports Science and Pre-Allied Health The Exercise and Sports Science concentration will prepare students in Coaching, Teaching Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, Strength Training & Conditioning, Personal Training, and Group Fitness & Wellness. . The Pre-Allied Health Major prepares students for entry in our Master of Science in Athletic Training, occupational therapy school, or post-baccalaureate nursing. 

Our Applied Health Science major, which currently accounts for the majority of students within the department was recently changed from a bachelor of arts to a bachelors of science degree. The sole purpose of this major is to prepare students for graduate school through basic and applied sciences with the intent of providing a prerequisite foundation for advanced studies. Students who declare Applied Health Science as their major are preparing for careers as a Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, Podiatrist, Chiropractor, or Medical Doctor.

Major Events in Program History – Graduate

In the fall of 2015 our department launched the first cohort in our 12-month accelerated Master of Science in Kinesiology This program is designed to prepare knowledgeable and career-focused professionals for the dynamic and growing fields of exercise science, sport management, and rehabilitation science. Two years later, the Master of Science in Kinesiology, Integrative Wellness program admitted it’s very first cohort. 

In 2018, the Athletic Training Program launched the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. During that same year the athletic training program underwent a self-study and site visit for accreditation.  The re-accreditation was awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training  programs (CAATE).  As a result, the athletic training programs were awarded the highest accreditation offered by the CAATE, a 10-year accreditation through the 2028-29 academic year. During the 2019-2020 academic school year we taught out the very last undergraduate athletic training students.