Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Kinesiology Undergraduate Option

Become an in-demand health care professional

Corvallis campus

What is pre-therapy and allied health?

The pre-therapy and allied health (PTAH) option, within the Oregon State's kinesiology major, prepares you for medical school and health professions such as:

  • Athletic training
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy

The PTAH option, sets you on a trajectory to improve lives.

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Sample sport science classes

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

Explore required courses and sample 4-year schedules for different occupational tracks within the PTAH option.

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 to your kinesiology major.

In the pre-therapy and allied health PTAH option ., you’ll...

  • Get hands-on experience related to  health care 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 kinesiology 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

Pre-therapy and allied health practicum

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

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What allied health care profession will you choose?

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.

Common careers pursued by our pre-therapy and allied health graduates:

*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*

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Casey Collier

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.

 Mikaela Swaim

Mikaela Swaim

Student Outreach and Support Coordinator

For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our  COH recruitment team.