Are you driven by curiosity, creativity, and the desire to improve the health of others? Are you equally fascinated by the human body and the sciences? If so, applied health science may be the perfect path for you.
A major in applied health science equips you to implement scientific principles together with practical clinical experience toward improving quality of life for patients in the healthcare and fitness industries.
A PLNU Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science prepares you for a rewarding professional career in the rapidly growing healthcare industry. You can use your degree as a springboard for graduate school in health-related fields.
Early courses in kinesiology, chemistry, and biology will provide the framework for you to apply concepts toward analyzing human movement, designing interventions to prevent injury, and improving function. Advanced courses in biomechanics, exercise physiology, and pathology, as well as electives like therapeutic exercise, orthopedic assessment, or neuroscience will connect your passions for healthcare, fitness, and exercise into applicable coursework.
At the same time, you can look forward to relevant practical experience working closely with other students and professors in clinical environments. With a high emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning, you will find yourself immersed in internships with local hospitals — acute care or outpatient physical therapy, emergency rooms, primary care, pediatrics, cardiac rehabilitation, or Veteran's Administration hospitals — and clinics: sports medicine, medical offices, and outpatient surgery.
As an applied health science student, you are given the support and encouragement to achieve the following during your undergraduate years:
- Targeting the graduate schools you are most interested in attending and understanding the prerequisites unique to those institutions
- Completing a program that includes all necessary prerequisites for your targeted graduate schools
- Taking part in internships tailored specifically for your interests
- Engaging in original research with the faculty and students in the Department of Kinesiology
- Requesting professor and/or supervising internship clinicians to write letters of recommendation
- Participating in departmental and graduate school application seminars