There is a deeply innate part of human nature that calls us to move. With movement at the core of everything we do, the study of physical action is an area of both fascination and immense benefits.
The Department of Kinesiology provides you with a dynamic environment to explore how to optimize health and physical efficiency through hands-on experience and research. Guided by faculty who inspire you to set transformational personal and professional goals alongside unique and personalized internships or clinical opportunities, you can hit the ground running toward a career that focuses on helping people improve their health.
Opportunity for Engagement
Athletic Training Clinic
PLNU’s Athletic Training Clinic provides athletic trainers a state-of-the-art sports treatment, recovery, and training facility to hone their craft.
On the first night of class, the 2017-18 MS Kinesiology cohort began their 1 year, accelerated journey by sharing a meal and networking with faculty.
After graduating from PLNU with a degree in athletic training, Nikki Romani (10), like so many students, began her pursuit of a graduate degree. She prayed that God would open the right door. Little did she know then, a door would open, but it would be far from the one she expected.
How can technology improve wellness?
The Wireless Future of Wellness is NOW
Ted Vickey, Department of Kinesiology professor, presents at TEDxPLNU on the intersection of technology and wellness in our everyday lives.
Tim Hall, Ed.D.
That Gerre and Maurice Hall became Tim's parents through adoption is largely insignificant to Tim — except for the ways God has used his parents’ story to inspire him and others, including his closest childhood friend. But that’s jumping ahead.
Jeff Sullivan, Ph.D.
When students ask Dr. Jeff Sullivan for career advice, the PLNU professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology tells them to find what they’re passionate about and distinctly gifted in and use that to partner with God in what He’s doing.
Department of Kinesiology Programs
An education in kinesiology cultivates deep critical-thinking, research-based skills within a framework of physical efficiency and optimal health, preparing you for an abundance of meaningful career opportunities. Programs in applied health science, athletic training, exercise and sports science, physical education, coaching, and more analyze movement from a biomechanical standpoint and provide the opportunity to pursue your passions and interests.
Opportunities for Engagement
Developing into a world citizen doesn't only happen inside the walls of the classroom — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. An abundance of internships await that allow you to participate in hospitals and physical therapy centers, observe surgeries, coach or provide athletic training for San Diego's professional and collegiate sports teams, and many more. This real-world experience is strengthened by the ability to network and seek mentorship in the Kinesiology Society's community of current students, alumni, and faculty. Overall, the Department of Kinesiology offers many opportunities for meaningful engagement and personal growth.
Department News & Events
Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you toward a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas and engage complex and difficult questions, you'll have access to an environment devoted to the pursuit of truth. An education at PLNU is both transformative and meaningful.