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
Academic Foundations
First Year Experience requirement4
English Composition requirement6-7
Effective Writing I
Critical Writing and Research
Critical Writing: Approaches to Popular Culture
Critical Writing: Investigating Experience
Critical Writing: Multidisciplinary Imagination
Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere
Critical Writing: Special Topics
Mathematics requirement3-4
Introduction to Statistics I
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Ethics requirement3
Distributed Disciplinary Foundations
Science requirement6-8
See Related Requirements under your concentration to fulfill these credits.
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
University Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speech Communication
Degree Requirements
Capstone requirement1-15
Core Courses 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 Conditioning3
EXL 482Strength Training and Conditioning Laboratory1
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
Related/Cognate Requirements 1
BIO 259Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 269Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
NTD 303Introductory Principles Human Nutrition3
Capstone Requirement
EXS 490Internship (internship under the direction of a licensed OT) 1,23
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 Concentration

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 1
BIO 100Basic Biological Science3
or BIO 110 General Biology I
CHE 107General Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences4
or CHE 103 General Chemistry I
CRL 107General Chemistry Lab for Allied Health Sciences1
or CRL 103 General Chemistry I Lab
PHY 100Elements of Physical Science3
EXS 222Introduction to Medical Terminology and Drug Classifications2
PSY 210Developmental Psychology: Lifespan3
PSY 375Psychopathology3
Student Electives
Students must take electives to fulfill the 120 credit hour minimum. 4

In order to graduate with a B.S. in Exercise Science - Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration, a minimum grade of C- or better in all exercise science, related/cognate requirements, and Pre-OT related requirements is required.


This course fulfills the Capstone requirement.

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 sample 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 One
EXS 103
Fundamentals of Group Exercise and Resistance Training
or Lifetime Fitness Concepts
BIO 100 Basic Biological Science 3
SOC 100
Introduction to Sociology
or Sociology of the Family
WRT 120
Effective Writing I
or Effective Writing with Supplemental Writing Workshop
FYE 100XFirst Year Experience 4
EXS 180
Lifetime Fitness Concepts
or Fundamentals of Group Exercise and Resistance Training
BIO 259 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MAT 121 Introduction to Statistics I 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
WRT 2XX200-Level WRT Course 3
Year Two
EXS 223
EXS 280
Kinetic Anatomy
or Motor Learning
BIO 269 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 210
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
or Psychopathology
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
EXS 222 Introduction to Medical Terminology and Drug Classifications 2
EXS 270
Motor Learning
or Kinetic Anatomy and The Exercise Science Profession
PHY 100 Elements of Physical Science 3
NTD 303 Introductory Principles Human Nutrition 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Year Three
EXS 362
EXL 362
and Biomechanics Laboratory
EXS 380
EXL 380
Exercise Physiology
and Exercise Physiology Lab
CHE 107
CRL 107
General Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences
and General Chemistry Lab for Allied Health Sciences
Gen Ed Course 1 3
EXS 375 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
EXS 381
EXL 381
Fitness Assessment - Exercise Prescription
and Fitness Assessment - Exercise Prescription Lab
PSY 375
or Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Year Four
EXS 482 Strength Training and Conditioning 3
EXS 484 Organization and Management of Adult Fitness Programs Clinic/Seminar 3
EXS 486 Exercise Prescription - Special Population 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
EXS 489
EXL 489
Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation
and Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation Laboratory
EXS 490 Internship 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
Gen Ed Course 1 3
 Total Credits128-129

Choose from list: 1 interdisciplinary course, 1 diverse communities course, 3 speaking emphasis courses, 3 writing emphasis courses, 1 ethics course, 1 arts course, and 2 humanities courses. Double up on gen ed courses when possible.

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.