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.

Graduate School

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

Major in Rehabilitation Health Sciences (58 Credit Hours)
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Rehabilitation Health Sciences Faculty

Lisa Bengtson
ATP Clinical Education Coordinator/Instructor of Exercise Science
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Dr. Thomas Bonagura
Associate Professor of Biology
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Dr. Kristy McClellan
Associate Professor of Biology
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