The Pre Health Professional Track in the Exercise Science program is designed to blend core exercise science courses with key prerequisite courses required for graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other healthcare programs. Graduate program requirements can vary by institution and by discipline. Sophomore undergraduate students are encouraged to explore graduate school requirements for each potential institution they wish to attend. Although it is ultimately the students’ responsibility to complete any additional prerequisite coursework, academic advisors are available to assist students with incorporating these requirements into his/her academic plan.
There is no guaranteed admittance into graduate school by completing these prerequisites, as each student is responsible for meeting each graduate school's requirements and successfully completing the admission process. To improve success, students should demonstrate exceptional academic performance, possess leadership skills and organizational involvement, demonstrate knowledge of the profession, have good communication abilities, and demonstrate service to the community.
While Murray State does not offer the following graduate programs, many EXS Pre-Health Professional students are ultimately pursing careers in occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant.
Occupational therapists are licensed healthcare providers that provide services to individuals who are limited by physical injury, illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, aging or other difficulties that may inhibit daily function. Occupational therapy services include teaching daily living skills, developing perceptual-motor skills, improving integrative sensory function, designing and applying selected prosthetic or orthotic devices, utilization of assistive devices, and adaptation of the environment for individuals with special needs. For more information about a career in occupational therapy, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (http://www.aota.org/).
Physical therapy is a health care profession that focuses on improving optimal health, movement, and function. Physical therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, diagnose, and provide interventions to minimize or alleviate dysfunction. To practice physical therapy, one must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national board examination to obtain licensure. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings and with individuals throughout the lifespan. For more information about a career in physical therapy, visit the American Physical Therapy Association website (http://www.apta.org/).
The profession of physician assistant (PA) has grown rapidly over the past few years and offers many options for the graduate to work in numerous areas of medicine under the supervision of a physician. For more information about a career as a physician assistant, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants (http://www.aapa.org/)