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Health Studies

Option 1 Pre-Physical Therapy/Pre-Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Science Degree

UCM's Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology develops successful professionals by instilling an appreciation for helping all people lead a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

Why Choose Health Studies at UCM?

  • Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2009 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • UCM's has a human performance laboratory, which serves as a student-centered research and learning center.
  • The performance lab offers hands-on learning; students have the opportunity to train on more than 25 state-of-the-art pieces of equipment in a newly renovated lab facility.

What will I study?
If you have a passion for health care, but are not interested in clinicals or careers at the nursing or physician level, health studies may be a good option for you. An increased public awareness about personal and social impact of health-related issues has influenced an increase in health studies positions.

Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy students will be prepared to meet prerequisites for professional schooling in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy. 

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Physiology
  • Human Diseases
  • Physical Activity and Special Populations
  • Therapeutic Modalities

Related areas of concentration:

  • Community Health

What can I do with a degree in Health Studies?

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Chiropractic Medicine

How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects.

In Health Studies, there is the opportunity to get involved in:

  • Athletic Training Student Association
  • The Physical Education Club
  • Student Dietetic Association

About our Faculty:
The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention.

The faculty in the Health Studies program is committed to student success. They bring practical, real world, hands-on experiences to the classroom, preparing students for their future careers.

Learn more about Health Studies at UCM:
Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology 
660-543-4256

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