Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (Pre-Physical therapy)

student using exercise science equipment

Pursuing a degree in exercise science means dedicating yourself to helping others lead better, healthier lives. This distinctive pre-physical therapy major was created specifically to prepare you for a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Our interdisciplinary approach incorporates classes such as nutrition, biology, physics, athletic training and chemistry to ensure that you are prepared for whatever comes next in life.  You will develop critical thinking skills, enhance problem solving skills and learn to apply fundamental knowledge of human movement. With an emphasis on outstanding classroom teaching, practical experiences, undergraduate research, mentoring and service, the exercise science program not only prepares you for physical therapy school, it prepares you to begin living out your calling to serve others. 

Why Samford?+

As a student in the exercise science program at Samford you'll find:

  • Committed and passionate faculty who will help you pursue excellence as you identify your calling
  • A rigorous curriculum with elective credits allowing you to tailor your program of study to meet your needs 
  • Medical mission trip opportunities that fulfill internship requirements
  • Research opportunities in which many students have won regional and national awards
  • A long track record of successful graduates who have moved on to some of the most prestigious physical therapy schools and graduate programs in the country
 

Admission Requirements+

Prospective students must receive admission to Samford University.

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Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078.   

Fast Track D.P.T. Program+

Please contact Dr. John Petrella at 205-726-2716 or jkpetrel@samford.edu for more information.

Outcomes+

Our graduates are prepared to seamlessly transition into entry-level doctorate degree programs in physical therapy. Click here to see some of the Physical Therapy Schools our graduates have attended. 

Accreditations+

Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Our Commitment+

Having advised pre-physical therapy students for the last eighteen years, I firmly believe that the Samford University student majoring in the pre-physical therapy program in the Kinesiology department is extremely prepared for graduate physical therapy school. Although rigorous, the pre-physical therapy curriculum contains twenty-four elective credits allowing students the opportunity to have ownership in their program. The success that the Samford pre-physical therapy students experience is clearly seen in the very high graduate school acceptance rates. It is not uncommon to hear our pre-physical therapy students say, "Samford University laid a strong academic foundation. I was very prepared for physical therapy school."

- Dr. Ralph Gold, Associate Professor, Exercise Science

Life in the Program+

"The exercise science department at Samford provides a stimulating and challenging academic environment. The small class sizes allow you to get to know your classmates better, as well as develop strong working relationships with the professors.  Not only do the professors promote you to pursue excellence in Academics, they also teach the importance of, dedication in all aspects of life. The faculty and staff have inspired me to never settle for less than what God has intended for me, and for that I am so thankful."

- Chelsea Tillman, Exercise Science major, class of 2014

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93%+

students from the School of Health Professions applying to graduate and professional schools are accepted

Have Questions?
Contact Us

Dr. Ralph R. Gold, Jr.
Exercise Science Program
Coordinator
rrgold@samford.edu
205-726-2261