Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Dec 09, 2022  
Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Kinesiology

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  • To prepare students for careers in physical therapy, physician assistant, medicine, occupational therapy, athletic training, teaching, coaching, and fitness and wellness occupations.
  • To provide students the opportunity to participate in a program designed to aid in the development of physical efficiency, healthful living, social cooperation and individual activity for the enjoyable and intelligent use of leisure time.
  • To introduce students to the potential benefits of a stimulating systemic exercise program.

Tradition of Excellence

The Department of Kinesiology offers students many unique opportunities. Students participate with experienced and nationally recognized professors in a dynamic, hands-on educational experience. The faculty gives the students a deep insight into the area of health, sports medicine, physical fitness, strength and conditioning, and teaching or coaching making the program perfect for a variety of interests. In addition, the Health and Human Performance major can lead students into our accelerated 3+2 athletic training dual degree program. Students complete a B.A. in Health and Human Performance and also earn their Master of Science in Athletic Training through our program. As part of the educational program, students participate in practical laboratory and internship programs guided by practicing clinicians, observation and participation in hospitals and physical therapy centers, observation of surgery and special lecture series with medical doctors and other medical experts. The kinesiology laboratories also serve as a hallmark of excellence with state of the art gross anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sports science laboratories students will be trained by experts in each field using advanced equipment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Department of Kinesiology are prepared for a variety of opportunities that await them after leaving PLNU. Many students go on to graduate schools in physical therapy, athletic training, physician assistant, exercise physiology and medical school. Other students become teachers and/or coaches. Still others go on to work as program directors at hospitals and sports clinics. With the experiences and education found at PLNU, the opportunities in fields related to Kinesiology become reality.


Arnel Aguinaldo, Ph.D.
Concordia University Chicago

Brent Alvar, Ph.D., Program Director MS in Kinesiology
Arizona State University

Nicole Cosby, Ph.D., Program Director MS in Athletic Training
University of Virginia

Susan Ganz, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico

Jacob Goodin, Ph.D.
Eastern Tennessee State University

Jessica Matthews, Ph.D., Program Director MS in Kinesiology, Integrative Wellness
Arizona State University

Brandon Sawyer, Ph.D., Undergraduate Chair
Arizona State University

Jeff Sullivan, Ph.D., Vice Dean College of Health Sciences
Oregon State University



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