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Exercise and Sport Science - Pre-Physical Therapy and Allied Health, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Irvine, CA, United States
Intended to prepare students for entrance into a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) program through a recommended pathway of additional upper division biology, chemistry, psychology, and ESS courses to give students an opportunity to strengthen their application. 


The pre-physical therapy and allied health degree is designed for students who wish to pursue post-bachelorette studies in a Doctorate of physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant or athletic training.

The ESS program helps you develop interpersonal and professional skills needed for client-patient interaction, assessment and evaluation of client patient needs and integration of this information into a rehabilitation or exercise program.

This degree will serve as a gateway degree to the allied health professions listed above or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health and fitness, biomechanics, sport psychology, nutrition and human and growth development.

Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, physics, statistics are recommended to provide a more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human movement, structure and function and are pre-requisite courses for most post-baccalaureate programs. The following are professions the ESS in Pre-physical therapy and allied health will prepare you for:

Outpatient and inpatient clinical care in:

  • Cardiac care and rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therap
  • Nursing
  • Medical Support Staff
Fitness Industries:
  • Personal Training
  • Corporate wellness
  • Health Club Manager
  • Nonprofit industry
  • Military
  • Biomedical research and/or sales
  • Nutrition specialists
  • Athletic Trainer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 
  • Recognizing and Evaluating Athletic Injuries 1 
  • Recognizing and Evaluating Athletic Injuries 2 
  • Therapeutic Exercise 
  • Therapeutic Modalities 
  • Nutritional Sciences 
  • Functional Exercise Older Adult 

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.8

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.8 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application
  • Official High School Transcript

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the high school in a sealed envelope or hand-carried to Concordia University Irvine.

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores

All freshman applicants must submit official scores from SAT and/or ACT. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17995 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17995 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Irvine

  • 1560 - 2590 USD/month
    Living Costs

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