Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion offers highly regarded academic programs in both traditional and fully online learning options. Students can choose from unique tracks to cater to their interests and be prepared for exciting careers or advanced graduate degree programs.

Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Concentration in Exercise Physiology (Fully Online)
Combined Bachelor's to Master's Program in Exercise Physiology
Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy (Pre-P.T./O.T.) (In-Person and Online Courses)
Combined Bachelor's to Master's Program in Pre-P.T./O.T.

Bachelor’s of Arts in Health Science Various Concentrations (In-Person and Online Courses)

Combined Bachelor's to Master's Program 


Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion Concentration in Exercise Physiology (Fully Online)

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The B.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Exercise Physiology is now offered fully online. This degree with the option for fully online allows for maximum flexibility for students. The department works in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Online and Continuing Education to eDesign its courses, receiving the distinction of “High-Quality” for online courses.

This concentration offers students the flexibility to complete the degree fully online, while still providing some select in-person courses sections should a student be interested in attending any coursework on campus. The innovative curriculum allows students the flexibility to take courses on their schedule. Importantly, this concentration offers 9 credit hours of internship for hands-on learning and various electives which can be taken in-person if the student desires.

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Combined Bachelor’s to Master’s in Exercise Physiology

Additionally, students in this concentration may apply during their senior year to our combined Bachelor’s to Master’s program. In this program 12 credit hours of graduate coursework can be taken and used as undergraduate electives and count toward the graduate degree. Our fully online graduate degree is 30 credit hours, which means this combined program allows for students to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years total.

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Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy (Pre-P.T./O.T.)

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The concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy (Pre P.T./O.T.) is designed to offer students a degree in exercise science and health promotion while maximally preparing students with key skills and training to enter P.T. and O.T. professional schools immediately after graduating. Specifically, through the required courses along with 15 credit hours of electives and 9 credit hours of internship included in the program, students in this concentration will graduate with the prerequisites needed for P.T. and O.T. schools. Students should review the electives on the program sheet and choose the courses required for their P.T. or O.T. programs of choice (see below). This concentration also offers a mix of in-person and online courses. The online courses were developed specifically for digital learning (eDesigned) with the Center for Online and Continuing Education,and received the distinction of “High-Quality” for our online courses.

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Choosing Course Options to Be Prepared for P.T./O.T. Applications

Through the required courses on the program sheet, students will have many of the prerequisites needed to apply for P.T. and O.T. schools. However, to fulfill all requirements students should carefully select their 15 credit hours of electives. 
 
Required courses comprise 34 of the 45 credit hours in the concentration. Students must keep in mind the 45-hour rule (i.e., students must have 45 hours of 3000 level classes or higher). When completing all required (non-elective courses) students will have 34 such hours, not including electives. These students would need to take College Physics 2 to fulfill their P.T. pre-requisites (required by some, but not all OT schools), which is 4 of the 15 elective hours. So, if students take all 3000 level classes with their remaining 11 electives that brings them to a total of 45 upper division credit hours. Listed below are some key prerequisites that should be considered for the remainder of the credit hours. Please see an advisor and the advisor will help you accordingly. 

Physical Therapy Prerequisites

General Chemistry 1 and 2 with labs
General Physics 1 and 2 with labs
Two semesters of psychology (e.g., General Psychology)
Statistics
One semester of biology and two semesters of anatomy and physiology with labs

Clinical Hours Needed: No set number of hours are required, however 2-3 unique clinics with 50 hours at each location, equaling 100+ total hours at a minimum can easily be accomplished through the program’s internship.

Occupational Therapy Prerequisites

Biology with lab
A&P 1 and 2 (this fills both Human Physiology and Anatomy)
Abnormal Psychology
Statistics
Sociology or Anthropology (Sociology is an elective)
Oral Communications
Medical Terminology (at least 1 hour)
 
Clinical Hours Needed: Usually a minimum of 40 clinical hours is required; however, 100+ hours is preferred. This can easily be accomplished through our internship.

MAC 2233

A final note. As part of the “Pre-Professional” requirements (see program sheet) students have the option to take MAC 2233 or ISM 2000. For this concentration, it is strongly recommended that students take MAC 2233 since it is a prerequisite for College Physics, which is required as part of this concentration. Please see an advisor regarding these requirements.
 

Combined Bachelor’s to Master’s in Pre-Physical Therapy/ Occupational Therapy Concentration

Students in this concentration who need to bolster their application for P.T. or O.T. school can apply during their senior year to our combined bachelor’s to master’s program. In this program, 12 credit hours of graduate coursework can be taken and used as undergraduate electives and count toward the graduate degree. Our fully online graduate degree is 30 credit hours, which means this combined program allows for students to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years total.

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Bachelor’s of Arts in Health Science

Concentrations in:

Science

Public, Global, and Environmental Health

Women’s Health

Behavioral and Mental Health

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The B.A. in Health Science is one of the fastest growing degrees at FAU, and this program offers a mix of in-person and online learning. This degree prepares students for various careers in healthcare and post-graduate studies.The department works in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University’sWe have worked with the Center for Online and Continuing Education to eDesign its our courses,  and receivinge the distinction of “High-Quality” for our online courses.

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Combined B.A. in Health Science to M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Additionally, students in health science program may apply during their senior year to our combined bachelor’s to the health promotion track in our master’s program. In this program, 12 credit hours of graduate coursework can be taken and used as undergraduate electives and count toward the graduate degree. Our fully online graduate degree is 30 credit hours, which means this combined program allows for students to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years total.

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