Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Pre-Health Professions Concentration 3+3 Program

The Pre-Health Professions Concentration prepares students for admission into graduate programs in a multitude of the health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, physician's assistant practice, and optometry. The Department of Kinesiology's Core is a perfect complement to the standard prerequisite courses and expanded elective courses available through this concentration. This combination of coursework and practical experience will position students well for continued study at the graduate level. While the Pre-Health Professions concentration includes the standard prerequisite courses and the option for elective courses for admission into graduate programs for a multitude of health professions, students are advised to check the prerequisites for their intended graduate programs and work these into their programs where elective coursework is afforded. Students are also advised to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (B) since entry into graduate programs in the health professions is highly competitive. A grade of B or better in the specific prerequisites is required for most graduate programs. In addition to the Pre-Health Professions concentration, the Department of Kinesiology has a memorandum of understanding with Temple University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program providing academically gifted students the opportunity to enter into a 3 + 3 program. Students who are accepted into Temple's DPT program at the conclusion of their junior year are allowed to count the first year of their DPT program as the fourth year of their undergraduate studies, thus eliminating one year of academic work. Students can only start the 3 + 3 program the first semester of their freshmen year.

Kinesiology Pre-Health Professions Concentration, 3+3 Program

Students must meet the admissions requirements for early admission to Temple University's College of Public Health Doctor of Physical Therapy program. If you are applying to other physical therapy programs, please use the web to find admissions requirements.

Guidelines for the Completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree from the Department of Kinesiology

  • Bachelor of Science candidates in the Department of Kinesiology must complete all requirements for their major before entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program in the College of Public Health with the following exception: Pre-Health Professions 3+3 students may count 27 to 31 equivalent credit hours from the first year in the DPT Program in the College of Public Health to fulfill their general credit hour requirements for the B.S. degree in the Department of Kinesiology.
  • Admission into the Department of Kinesiology's Pre-Health Professions concentration's 3+3 program is highly competitive and challenging. If you are interested in pursuing this accelerated program, you must declare it immediately upon admission and talk to an advisor within the department prior to registering for your first-semester classes. Applications for this program can be submitted starting in your senior year in high school until December of your first semester at Temple University. Your SAT scores and high school transcript must support your capacity to handle successfully a rigorous academic workload. Students in this program must be able to achieve and maintain cumulative and prerequisite GPAs of 3.50 or better.
  • If students fail to get admitted into the College of Public Health's DPT program after their junior year, they are required to finish their program within the Department of Kinesiology as defined in the academic plan's alternate fourth year.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are KINS 3296 and KINS 4296.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play. Because of the highly structured nature of the 3+3 program, students in the program may have to take HRPR 1001 in the summer or as an overload course.

Major Requirements

Kinesiology Core Courses
KINS 1201Introduction to Kinesiology3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 3296The Social-Psychology of Physical Activity (WI)3
KINS 4296History and Philosophy of Kinesiology (WI)3
Forms of Movement Courses
Select two of the following:2
Aquatics Workshop I
Fitness Workshop I
Lifestyle Workshop I
Survival Workshop I
Select two of the following:2
Aquatics Workshop II
Fitness Workshop II
Lifestyle Workshop II
Survival Workshop II
Program-Specific Requirements and Electives
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
BIOL 1012General Biology II4
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1032General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 1034General Chemistry Laboratory II1
MATH 1021College Algebra4
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
Statistics Elective3
Advanced Psychology 2000+ Elective3
Advanced Sociology 2000+ Elective3
Temple DPT Program Requirements 1
PHTH 8503Human Anatomy II3
PHTH 8512Human Physiology3
PHTH 8513Movement Science I3
PHTH 8514Clinical Decision Making2
PHTH 8516Introduction to Physical Therapy1
PHTH 8517Clinical Examination & Intervention Skills I3
PHTH 8521Neuroscience3
PHTH 8522Rehabilitative Pathophysiology3
PHTH 8523Movement Science II4
PHTH 8525Clinical Electroneurophysiology3
PHTH 8528Critical Inquiry I3
PHTH 8548Critical Inquiry II1
Total Credit Hours104
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If the student is not accepted into Temple's DPT program, then KINS 4282 and 24 credits of electives must be taken instead of the graduate-level Physical Therapy courses in order to graduate with a minimum of 128 credits.

Suggested Academic Plan

Pre-Health Professions Concentration 3+3 Program for Students Entering Temple's DPT Program

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:1
Aquatics Workshop I 
Fitness Workshop I 
Lifestyle Workshop I 
Survival Workshop I 
Select one of the following:1
Aquatics Workshop II 
Fitness Workshop II 
Lifestyle Workshop II 
Survival Workshop II 
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
KINS 1201Introduction to Kinesiology3
MATH 1021College Algebra4
BIOL 1012General Biology II4
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 3296The Social-Psychology of Physical Activity [WI]3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
Statistics Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Select one of the following:1
Aquatics Workshop I 
Fitness Workshop I 
Lifestyle Workshop I 
Survival Workshop I 
Select one of the following:1
Aquatics Workshop II 
Fitness Workshop II 
Lifestyle Workshop II 
Survival Workshop II 
CHEM 1032General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1034General Chemistry Laboratory II1
GenEd Breadth Course3
Advanced Psychology 2000+ level Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
GenEd Breadth Course3
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
Advanced Sociology 2000+ level Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 4296History and Philosophy of Kinesiology [WI]3
PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall
PHTH 8503Human Anatomy II3
PHTH 8512Human Physiology3
PHTH 8513Movement Science I3
PHTH 8516Introduction to Physical Therapy1
PHTH 8517Clinical Examination Intervention Skills I3
PHTH 8528Critical Inquiry I3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
PHTH 8514Clinical Decision Making2
PHTH 8521Neuroscience3
PHTH 8522Rehabilitative Pathophysiology3
PHTH 8523Movement Science II4
PHTH 8525Clinical Electroneurophysiology3
PHTH 8548Critical Inquiry II1
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 133

Fourth-Year Requirements For Students Not Accepted Into Temple's DPT Program

If the student is not accepted into Temple's DPT program, then KINS 4282 and 24 credits of electives must be taken instead of the graduate-level Physical Therapy (PHTH) courses listed above in order to graduate with a minimum of 128 credits.

Year 4
FallCredit Hours
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective2
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
KINS 4282Independent Study in Kinesiology3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective1
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 27