Department of Kinesiology

Do you love athletics? Do you want to help others get back to active participation? If you want to learn about the human body and the way it moves, and are also interested in health care, consider a major in athletic training!

Whether you're interested in athletic training, exercise and sport science, or applied health science, studying kinesiology can help you prepare for a career that focuses on helping people improve their health.


At PLNU, the Department of Kinesiology offers three majors: athletic training, applied health science, and exercise and sport science.

As an athletic training major, you’ll learn about the human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biomechanics, structural kinesiology, and more. These courses are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the human body and its movement to prepare you for your future career.

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at PLNU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). A testament to the major’s quality, the program has competitive admission. Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree in athletic training, students are eligible to take the NATA-BOC certification examination. When you pass the national examination, you’ll be a certified athletic trainer.

The exercise and sport science major is ideal for those who want to earn a teaching credential in exercise and sport science. If you want to teach P.E. to elementary or secondary school children and teens, this is the program for you. The exercise and sport science major will help you develop competencies in teaching motor skills, social skills, and fitness through games, sports, and movement experiences to primary school children. You will also learn about classroom management, the philosophical basis of exercise and sport science, instructional techniques and procedures, and the various elements involved in teaching at the secondary level. Students will gain understanding for teaching students with special needs as well as teaching issues regarding diversity, gender, culture and inner-city.

In short, PLNU’s kinesiology program can provide you with the opportunity to aid in the development of physical efficiency, healthful living, social cooperation, and individual activity.

Special Features

  • Experienced and nationally-recognized professors
  • Dynamic, hands-on educational experience
  • Practical laboratory and internship programs, observation and participation in hospitals and physical therapy centers, and observation of surgery
  • Special lecture series with medical doctors and other medical experts
  • Opportunities for research with faculty members

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Training
  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Therapeutic science
  • Physical Therapy