B.S. in Human Performance: Kinesiotherapy Emphasis
The Bachelor of Science in Human Performance, kinesiotherapy emphasis, is the only program of its kind in the Southeast. Nationally, it is one of four kinesiotherapy programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP ).
Kinesiotherapy uses exercise and education to help individuals enhance and regain lost function, resulting from disease or injury. Students seeking careers in adaptive physical education or rehabilitation settings (public or private) should complete courses in the kinesiotherapy emphasis. Upon successful completion of course work and a clinical internship, graduates are eligible for the Kinesiotherapy Registration Examination administered by the Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT).
Registered Kinesiotherapists (RKT) can work for, but are not limited to, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, public and private hospitals, medical fitness facilities, rehabilitation facilities, learning disability centers, schools, junior colleges and universities, private practice and as exercise consultants.
The kinesiotherapy major will prepare students who wish to pursue graduate programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other related programs.
- Students accepted into the program must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
- Internship Experience
Upon completion of all course requirements, students must complete two semesters (THY 460 and THY 470) of clinical internships in various rehabilitation and wellness centers. Students must register for THY 421 concurrently with each internship. Certification in CPR/AED is required prior to clinical internships.
Links of Interest
- American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA)
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Program Director Contact Information
Mr. Jerry Purvis, Program Director and Instructor
P: (601)-266-5371 Email: Jerry.Purvis@usm.edu Room: HPR 119
Last Updated: April 3, 2013