The new Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences (KRS) offers seven tracks leading to an Exercise and Sports Science degree in a variety of current and emerging healthcare fields. It also offers a master of science in athletic training.
Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science
Undergraduates may opt for the following tracks with in the B.S.E.S.S. degree:
- Traditional – general studies for employment in wellness and fitness
- Rehabilitation and therapeutics – for work in cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation, and strength training
- A teaching certificate – qualifies them to teach anywhere in the U.S.
- Pre-health professional degree – provides prerequisites for physician assistant, dentist or physical therapist degrees
- Pre-athletic training clinician – provides prerequisites for a master’s in athletic training
Depending on a student’s choice of major, along with a possible minor and electives, he or she can prepare for diverse fields. For example, a student under the traditional track may add a business minor, preparing them to work and perhaps later own a fitness center.
Internship opportunities in KRS are the culminating experience in which each student can apply classroom studies to real-world situations.
Internships through The University of Tulsa ExSS program include:
- Fitness Facilities (Corporate/Private/Community)
- Hospital Wellness
- Strength and Conditioning (High School/University)
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Physical/Occupational Therapy
- Outdoor Recreation
- Physical Education Teaching
- Sports/Recreation Retail
- Professional Athletics
- Activity for Individuals with Physical Challenges
- University Intramurals/Recreation
- Medical Centers
- Community Service Providers (Fire/Police)
Master’s in Athletic Training
In 2022, a master of science in athletic training will be required for anyone choosing to practice in this growing healthcare profession. The need for AT professionals who can provide preventive, diagnostic and rehabilitative services is expected to grow 22 percent in the next eight years. Along with their traditional role providing health services to athletes, AT professionals are sought after by the military, firefighters and law enforcement; corporations seeking to reduce injuries and lost productivity; and entertainment fields from the Cirque de Soleil to ballet companies to the WWE; to providing preventive care in retirement centers.
Through The University of Tulsa master’s program, students may enroll as freshmen in a five-year course of study – saving them a year of classroom studies – or in a two-year master’s program after completing a bachelor’s in another field.