Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences - Pre-Physical Therapy

For students interested in: exercise science, pre-physical therapy, pre-athletic training & graduate schools. 

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The Health Sciences - Pre-Physical Therapy program is the pre-physical therapy and pre-athletic training major at the University of Cincinnati. It meets the requirements for application to most graduate programs in the allied health professions, exercise science or biomechanics. The comprehensive background in the basic sciences combined with applied studies in exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, sports and wellness puts most graduates in a position to be competitive graduate school candidates.

If you graduate with this program you are likely to enroll in graduate programs in physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics & ergonomics, orthotics & prosthetics, nutrition or health administration. Employment opportunities in fitness or health related sales are also possible. This program meets the requirements for certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Admissions Information for....

High School Students

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a high school student (also applies to students who have yet to attend a college or university). 

Transfer Students

Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are consdiered transfer students.

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a transfer student. 

Transition Students

Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs in other University of Cincinnati colleges (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change their program (transition) to the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) are considered transition students.

Please visit Academic Advising for more information on applying to one of our programs as a transition student

If you are earning a degree in health sciences you have many opportunities available to you.

Graduate Education Opportunities

  • Physical Therapy school (PT)
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) programs
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics programs (CO or CP)
  • Health Promotion or Public Health programs (MA, MS, or PhD)
  • Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics programs (MS or PhD)

Professional Certification Opportunities

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  • Certified Personal Trainer - Many professionals who hold this certification work in public or medical facilities that offer organized programs for healthy people or for people with mild, controlled health conditions such as arthritis.
  • Health/Fitness Instructor - Most professionals who hold this certification work in programs that are offered through medical facilities with people who have low risk medical conditions or controlled disease such as outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation or diabetes programs.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

  • Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) - Many professionals who hold this certification work in or start small businesses in fitness and health
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)- Most professionals who hold this certification work in high school, collegiate or professional athletics. Some professionals work in public/retail fitness and health as facility managers responsible for the design and implementation of the facility's programsReplace with your text

Non-Certification Opportunities

  • Advanced coaching opportunities
  • Activities director/fitness director at recreation facilities or camps
  • Medical or Biomedical equipment representative/sales
  • Exercise equipment representative/sales
  • Pharmaceutical product representative/sales

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Health Sciences majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

The University of Cincinnati has a vareity of scholarship opportunitites: 

You can also visit UC's Financial Aid Office for additional questions about tuititon, loans, and other opportunities. 

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

The curriculum also provides students who have earned associate degrees, especially in the areas of allied health sciences, the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree in a related area.

Early admission to graduate school

Is physical therapy your ultimate goal? Check out our high school early assurance and our junior early assurance programs exclusively for University of Cincinnati students

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Linda Threm

Program Coordinator, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267

(513) 558-7503