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Our Lady of the Lake University's Kinesiology program prepares students to work with individuals at all stages of life from young children to older adults. The program produces aspiring professionals pursuing careers in sport and fitness training, health promotion, athletic coaching, athletic training and physical education. 

Graduates of the kinesiology program are also prepared for kinesiology-related graduate programs and schools of professional health, such as physical therapy or occupational therapy.

National Strength and Conditioning AssociationNationally Recognized Program

The OLLU Kinesiology program is officially recognized as an approved program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes and distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certifications. The ERP is the first step in laying the foundation to ensure excellence for students in the classroom, as well as long-term professional success after graduation. 

Concentrations Available

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - Generalist concentration

This concentration provides students with a solid foundation that will prepare them for a wide variety of careers in sports and fitness training, athletic coaching and health promotion. Graduates are also prepared for kinesiology-related graduate school programs.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - Sports and Fitness Management concentration

This concentration allows students to develop the business skills needed to thrive in kinesiology-related businesses. Examples include corporate or private fitness, sports training or performance academies, sports of fitness facility ownership, sports or athletic organizations and worksite wellness programs. Graduates are also prepared for graduate programs in business or kinesiology.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - Health Professions concentration

This concentration allows students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become competitive applicants for schools of physical therapy, occupational therapy and other schools of professional health (chiropractic, podiatry, physician assistant, etc.). In addition, graduates will be prepared for positions at medical facilities, hospitals and research labs.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - All Level Physical Education Teacher Certification

This concentration will prepare kinesiology majors for careers in public or private school education. Graduates are eligible for the physical education teacher certification, which would allow them to serve as physical education teachers in Texas. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate programs in education that can prepare them for future leadership positions.

Degree Plans and Course Descriptions

Earn a Bilingual Kinesiology degree

Spanish-speaking students can earn a degree with dual-language (English/Spanish) emphasis through the Biliterate Certificate Program. Students take specialized courses taught in Spanish and fulfill a portion of their major requirements by completing a practicum or learning experience in a Spanish-speaking setting. Earning the certificate certifies that a student is proficient in both English and Spanish.

Hands-On Experience

Many students take part in the Senior Experience course, which allows them to earn credit while participating in an internship related to their career goals. Student internships have included work at physical and occupational therapy clinics, coaching positions in schools and community organizations and training assistant positions with sports performance academies.

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Kinesiology Program Highlights

The kinesiology program at OLLU offers hands-on learning with active and physical labs that put theories into practice. View video to see program highlights.

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