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
Effective Writing I
Critical Writing and Research
Critical Writing: Approaches to Pop Culture
Critical Writing: Investigating Experience
Critical Writing: Multidisciplinary Imagination
Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere
Critical Writing: Special Topics
Mathematics requirement3
Introduction to Statistics I
Public Speaking requirement3
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speech Communication
Science requirements6
See Related Requirements under your concentration to fulfill these credits.
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Major Requirements 1
EXS 103Fundamentals of Group Exercise and Resistance Training3
EXS 180Lifetime Fitness Concepts3
EXS 270Motor Learning3
EXS 223Kinetic Anatomy2
EXS 280The Exercise Science Profession1
EXS 362Biomechanics3
EXL 362Biomechanics Laboratory1
EXS 375Sport and Exercise Psychology3
EXS 380Exercise Physiology3
EXL 380Exercise Physiology Lab1
EXS 381Fitness Assessment - Exercise Prescription3
EXL 381Fitness Assessment - Exercise Prescription Lab1
EXS 482Strength Training and Conditioning4
EXS 484Organization and Management of Adult Fitness Programs Clinic/Seminar3
EXS 486Exercise Prescription - Special Population3
EXS 489Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation3
EXL 489Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation Laboratory1
EXS 490Internship (internship under the direction of a licensed OT)3
Related/Cognate Requirements
BIO 259Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 269Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
NTD 303Introductory Principles Human Nutrition3
Concentration Requirements
Students must take the required courses in their concentration to reach the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Minimum Credits Required120

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Students graduating in the pre-occupational therapy concentration are prepared for entrance into a school of occupational therapy.  Occupational therapy programs accept a limited number of students and are highly competitive - the student is encouraged to maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better while in this concentration.

Related Requirements 2
BIO 100Basic Biological Science3
or BIO 110 General Biology
CHE 107General Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences4
or CHE 103 General Chemistry I
CRL 107General Chemistry Lab for Allied Health Sciences1
or CRL 103 Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
PHY 100Elements of Physical Science3
EXS 222Introduction to Medical Terminology and Drug Classifications2
PSY 210Developmental Psychology: Lifespan3
PSY 375Abnormal Psychology3
Student Electives4
Students must take electives to fulfill the 120 credit hour minimum.

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 362
EXL 362
and Biomechanics Laboratory
EXS 270 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 Sciences
Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
or Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)
Electives 5
Year Three
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan 3
EXS 375 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
EXS 381 Fitness Assessment - Exercise Prescription 3
EXS 482 Strength Training and Conditioning 4
EXS 484 Organization and Management of Adult Fitness Programs Clinic/Seminar 3
Electives 13
Year Four
PSY 375 Abnormal Psychology 3
EXS 486 Exercise Prescription - Special Population 3
EXS 489 Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation 3
EXS 490 Internship 3
Electives 17
 Total Credits117-118

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.