B.S. in Exercise Science - Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration

College of Health Sciences

The concentration is designed to prepare students for entrance into a  professional graduate-level school of occupational therapy. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with a variety of individuals who have difficulty accessing or performing meaningful occupations. Most commonly, these therapists and assistants work with people with disabilities to maximize their skills and abilities. Services typically include:

  1. Customized intervention programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
  2. Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
  3. Performance skills assessments and treatments
  4. Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
  5. Guidance to family members and caregivers
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Major Requirements
EXS 101Group Exercise Leadership2
EXS 102Fundamentals of Resistance Training Techniques2
EXS 180Lifetime Fitness Concepts3
EXS 223Kinetic Anatomy2
EXS 262Biomechanics3
EXL 262Biomechanics Lab1
EXS 370Motor Learning3
EXS 375Introduction to Sport Exercise & Performance Psychology3
EXS 380Exercise Physiology3
EXL 380Exercise Physiology Lab1
EXS 381Fitness Assessment - Exercise Prescription4
EXS 482Exercise Techniques and Physical Condition4
EXS 484Organization and Management of Adult Fitness Progs Clin/Sem3
EXS 486Exercise Prescription - Special Population3
EXS 489Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription4
EXS 490Internship I (internship under the direction of a licensed OT)3
Related/Cognate Requirements
BIO 259Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 269Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHE 107General Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences4
CRL 107General Chemistry Lab for Allied Health Services1
EXS 222Introduction to Medical Terminology and Drug Classifications2
NTD 303Introductory Principles Human Nutrition3
PHY 100Elements of Physical Science3
PSY 210Developmental Psychology: Lifespan3
PSY 375Abnormal Psychology3
Total Minimum Credits Required120

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
BIO 259 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MAT 121 Introduction to Statistics I 3
PHY 100
Elements of Physical Science
or General Physics I
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
EXS 101 Group Exercise Leadership 2
EXS 102 Fundamentals of Resistance Training Techniques 2
EXS 180 Lifetime Fitness Concepts 3
EXS 223 Kinetic Anatomy 2
Electives 8
Year Two
BIO 269 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NTD 303 Introductory Principles Human Nutrition 3
EXS 262
EXL 262
and Biomechanics Lab
EXS 370 Motor Learning 3
EXS 380
EXL 380
Exercise Physiology
and Exercise Physiology Lab
EXS 222 Introduction to Medical Terminology and Drug Classifications 2
Select one of the following: 4-5
General Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences
and General Chemistry Lab for Allied Health Services
Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
or Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)
Electives 5
Year Three
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan 3
EXS 375 Introduction to Sport Exercise & Performance Psychology 3
EXS 381 Fitness Assessment - Exercise Prescription 4
EXS 482 Exercise Techniques and Physical Condition 4
EXS 484 Organization and Management of Adult Fitness Progs Clin/Sem 3
Electives 13
Year Four
PSY 375 Abnormal Psychology 3
EXS 486 Exercise Prescription - Special Population 3
EXS 489 Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription 4
EXS 490 Internship I 3
Electives 17
 Total Credits119-120

Students should preview potential graduate school websites.  Graduate programs will list required undergraduate prerequisite courses.  If the above list of courses does not include required prerequisites, then those courses may be taken at WCU as electives in the program.