Department of Kinesiology
West Chester University
Dr. Frank Fry
206 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2260 or 2610
Fax: (610) 436-2860
Students with the Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with teacher certification are eligible for certification to teach health and physical education, K-12. They also are qualified to coach both team and individual sports. Other potential career options are available in the fields of recreation, dance, or fitness.
The B.S. in Exercise Science (ES) program is designed to prepare students for positions in the growing and multifaceted field of health and fitness or to gain admission into various professional and graduate programs. In addition, students will be prepared for success in appropriate certification examinations. The primary focus of the ES program is for each student to develop abilities and master knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in the health and fitness fields, as well as be a successful member of society. Four curricular paths are offered within the program. They include exercise science specialist, pre-chiropractic concentration, pre-occupational therapy concentration, and pre-physical therapy concentration. The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The goals and learning objectives for the Bachelor of Science program are:
Students graduating as an Exercise Science Specialist are prepared to conduct adult fitness programs, prescribe and administer exercise in settings such as hospitals, clinics, corporations, or community centers, and work as personal trainers or strength and conditioning coaches.
Students graduating in the Pre-Chiropractic concentration are prepared for entrance into a graduate chiropractic program. West Chester has set up an articulation agreement with New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) and Texas Chiropractic College. If interested in NYCC, the student must complete a letter of intent in their freshman year.
Students graduating in the pre-occupational therapy concentration are prepared for entrance into a school of occupational therapy. Occupational therapy programs accept a limited number of students and are highly competitive – the student is encouraged to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better while in this concentration.
Students graduating in the pre-physical therapy concentration are prepared for entrance into a school of physical therapy. Physical therapy programs accept a limited number of students and are highly competitive – the student is encouraged to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better while in this concentration.
The Exercise Science Division of the Department of Kinesiology has articulation agreements with several universities. Articulation agreements are formal understandings, or partnerships, between two colleges or universities. They provide a simplified process for West Chester University students to apply and have a preferential review of their application into a specific graduate program at the college or university. These arrangements outline specific undergraduate pre-requisite courses and desired GPAs in order to meet the requirements for the admission application. Please click on the button below to review the current agreements.
Those students who successfully complete the program at West Chester earn transcript and written endorsement from the College of Health Sciences attesting to school administrators that recipients have attained basic preparation for coaching. Behavioral competencies in the theoretical foundations of coaching, skill acquisition, and management techniques also are required. Course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels are available. The program is open to any student.
The minor in Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities is designed to familiarize and provide depth of knowledge, skills and attitudes to students about the benefits of physical activity for people with disabilities and how to facilitate those benefits. This minor is open to students in any major, but it is especially suited for the interests/career options of students majoring in health and physical education teacher certification and exercise science, students majoring in special education, and students in professional studies. The purpose of the minor is to enable students to plan, implement, and advocate developmentally appropriate physical activity for people with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities, in schools, fitness centers, recreation centers, and residential facilities. Practical application is stressed in this minor -students will participate in approximately 200 hours of hands on work. The minor in Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities prepares those in HPE-teacher certification to be eligible to sit for the APENS (Adapted Physical Education National Standards) exam but does not lead to Level II teaching certification (Level II teaching certification is not available in the tri-state area). Other certifications are offered within various courses.
The exercise science minor is designed to impart fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities in the theories and practice of exercise science. The minor will also provide learning experiences that lead to a basic understanding of exercise techniques, exercise testing, and exercise prescription.