Rehabilitation Health Sciences

Learn from biology and exercise science faculty who help prepare you for careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or athletic training. This program will help you take your first steps toward entering these growing fields. If you're interested in helping others within the healthcare field, this may be the program for you!

Sought-After Science

With a science core, this pre-professional program teaches students the basics as well as hands-on skills which can be applied in healthcare settings. Many professional schools require core coursework in science, and BVU’s rehabilitation health sciences major is uniquely designed with this in mind.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers as:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Professional sports team employees
  • Athletic trainers
  • Healthcare professionals in hospitals
  • Orthotic and prosthetic practitioners

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In Demand

With a growing elderly population and an increase in awareness of the effects of sports-related injuries, the need for physical and occupational therapists, as well as athletic trainers, is increasing, and we’re here to help prepare students for success in these areas. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The median annual wage for physical therapists was $86,850 in May 2017.
  • The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $83,200 in May 2017.
  • Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Housed in the state-of-the-art Estelle Siebens Science Center, boasting high-tech labs.

A biology internship and rehab health sciences capstone provide students with applied experiences.

This pre-professional program is designed to prepare students for professional and graduate school.

Major in Rehabilitation Health Sciences (58 credit hours)

Core Course Requirements (44 credit hours)

  • BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
  • BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
  • BIOL 380 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 430 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 495 Biology Internship
  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • EXSC 255 Medical Terminology
  • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
  • EXSC 497 Rehabilitation Health Sciences Capstone
  • PHYS 201 General Physics I: Trigonometry-Based or PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 202 General Physics II: Trigonometry-Based or PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Supporting course requirements (complete at least 6 credit hours)

  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 300 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I

Elective courses (complete at least 8 credit hours)

  • BIOL 208 Biomedical Research Experience
  • EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
  • EXSC 273 Therapeutic Exercise and Reconditioning
  • EXSC 310 Nutrition
  • EXSC 351 Motor Learning
  • EXSC 460 Physiological Principles of Conditioning
  • EXSC 432 Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
  • EXSC 446 Pharmacology
  • EXSC 472 General Medical Conditions


   Lisa  Bengtson

Lisa Bengtson

Clinical Education Coordinator/Instructor

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Dr.   Thomas  Bonagura

Thomas Bonagura

Associate Professor of Biology

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Dr.   Kristy  McClellan

Kristy McClellan

Associate Professor of Biology

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   Jamie  Schoenherr

Jamie Schoenherr

Instructor of Exercise Science

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Dr.   Shinichiro  Sugiura

Shinichiro “Shinbo” Sugiura

Program Director, Athletic Training

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