Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Kinesiology undergraduate option

A springboard for advanced study

Corvallis campus

What is pre-therapy and allied health?

The Pre-Therapy and Allied Health (PTAH) option, within the Oregon State kinesiology major, prepares you for medical school and health profession fields such as:

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Sample pre-therapy and allied health classes

  • Biomedical ethics
  • Injury management for the physically active
  • Nutrition for exercise 
  • Resistance training program design

Explore required courses and see sample 4 year schedules for different occupational tracks the PTAH option offers in the kinesiology degree map.

How to pursue the PTAH option

After you’ve completed Anatomy and Physiology, you must also achieve:

  • A minimum of 90 credits completed
  • A minimum 3.0 overall GPA (transfer + OSU)
  • No grade less than “C” in any anat/phys course (and KIN 132 if taken)
  • A minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA in the anat/phys series

Once you meet these requirements, you can complete the application to add the PTAH option in KIN.

In the PTAH option at Oregon State., you’ll...

  • Get hands-on experience related to allied health professions in your classroom and in clinical and/or community environments.
  • Experience clinical aspects of your area of interest, such as physical and occupational therapy, under the supervision of a licensed professional via the pre-therapy and allied health Practicum.
  • Select courses related to your interests, such as medical ethics.
  • Participate in the pre-therapy and allied health seminar to help you prepare for professional school.

From kinesiology to medical school

Earn a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology while setting yourself up for success in medical school.

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Pre-therapy and allied health practicum

Kinesiology internships

The practicum is integrated into your coursework and will provide you with clinical observation in your area of interest within allied health professions.

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What will you do with a pre-professional program

The PTAH option, within the kinesiology major, sets you on a trajectory to improve lives — no matter where your interests lie.

Help athletes get back in the game as an athletic trainer. Support patients as they develop skills needed for everyday life as an occupational therapist.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, allied health care jobs are expected to grow 15-37% from 2016-2026.

Start with the pre-therapy and allied health degree option and become:

*May require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education or additional certifications/credentials to qualify for employment.

  • Athletic Trainer*
  • Occupational Therapist*
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Physician Assistant*
  • Nursing*
  • Physician*

Casey Collier, ‘19

“I absolutely use what I learned in my kinesiology program every day because I’m working with patients one-on-one, helping them recover from injuries and regain function.

Everything from the biomechanical to the psychological side of things that I’ve learned may apply, which is great.”

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Peer advisors

If you have questions regarding classes, student clubs or campus, our peer advisors would love to chat. Call or email them for advice.

David Cortez, MEd

David Cortez, MEd

For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our director of student recruitment and admissions,  David Cortez, MEd.