Feb 05, 2023
Dr. Gary Kastello, Advisor
368 Maxwell Hall (507.457.5219)
Dr. Kent Hanson, Advisor
377B Maxwell Hall (507.457.5217)
The Department of Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences (HERS) provides additional opportunities for pre-physical therapy majors via the HERS - Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences: Movement Science (ERMS) - BS Major . Without exception, admission into physical therapy requires a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree needs to meet prerequisites for a graduate physical therapy program. These prerequisites include a well-rounded offering of courses from the natural and life sciences, movement science, and nursing. Within the 120 credits needed to graduate from WSU, the Movement Science major is specifically designed to meet the prerequisites for doctoral physical therapy programs. In addition to the core courses in Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences, each student has an option to develop an appropriate movement science research project. The specifically designed curriculum coupled with undergraduate research experience places these students in an excellent position for matriculation into the physical therapy graduate program of their choice. To declare a major in the Movement Science Option, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. To continue in the program of study, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
Drs. Gary Kastello and Kent Hansen are available to advise students on career opportunities in physical therapy. Dr. Kastello has an MS degree in Exercise Physiology, a PhD in Biological Science, and two years of teaching experience in the Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis Physical Therapy Department. Dr. Hansen has an MS degree in Exercise Physiology and a PhD in Nutritional Science.
HERS Core Requirements (41 S.H.)
Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences - HERS (30 S.H.)
Statistics - STAT (3 S.H.)
Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences: Movement Science (ERMS)
This major option is designed to meet graduate school entrance requirements in a Movement Science field including physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, chiropractic medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and motor learning. Students should meet early with the advisor to plan their program of study. The course of study provides students with a thorough understanding of areas related to both natural and movement science. Students choose a Research Focus or Academic Focus within the Movement Science Option.
Each student in the research focus is required to develop an appropriate research project; perform data collection; and present the results as a poster presentation and journal article. This research experience will better enable the student to complete a graduate research project once they have gained acceptance into their respective graduate program of study. Students choosing the academic focus within the Movement Science Option will be enabled to take a larger number of academic courses (7 credits) chosen from Biology, Psychology, or Statistics. This additional coursework will help the student’s breadth of academic knowledge and better enable students to successfully complete graduate academic coursework.
All Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences: Movement Science Option students must meet all requirements for graduation specified in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. In order to successfully complete the Movement Science option, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all University coursework, including Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences core coursework and Movement Science option coursework. If students fail to meet these requirements, they will be put on probation within the major and be given one semester to attain the 3.0 GPA. If, after one semester, the student fails to meet the 3.0 GPA, she/he will be dismissed from Movement Science program of study. Any student who has completed college/university coursework and would like to change their major to Movement Science must also have a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.
After completing the following courses, students may apply to the Movement Science (Research Focus):
Application for the Movement Science Option: Research Focus
Research Focus application includes a 1-2 page statement of professional goals and experiences, personal contact information, and a current copy of collegiate transcripts. Application materials are due May 15 to the Director of Movement Science. Notification of acceptance will be via email no later than May 30. Acceptance is competitive with 10-15 students accepted each year. Students that do not gain acceptance into the Research Focus or do not apply to the Research Focus will be in the Movement Science Option: Academic Focus.
Movement Science Option Required Courses (55-56 S.H.)
Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences - HERS (5 S.H.)
Mathematics and Statistics - MATH (4 S.H.)
Psychology - PSY (9 S.H.)
Chemistry - CHEM (8 S.H.)
Medical Terminology (1 S.H.)
Communication (3 S.H.)
Focus Areas: Research or Academic (7 S.H.)
Choose one focus area:
Academic Focus (7 S.H.)
Academic Focus students choose 7 S.H. from the following:
◎ = Oral Intensive
◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive
△ = Writing Intensive
✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement