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Through hands-on experience and scientific research, Kinesiology students draw together divergent areas of strength, action, sport, physical therapy, conditioning, and orthopedics.

Drake University’s Kinesiology major is a pre-professional bachelor’s degree designed for students interested in attending medical school or graduate school programs in exercise science or kinesiology. The major also provides excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue careers emphasizing human movement, such as sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopedics, or community wellness.

Since movement is a part of everyone’s lives, kinesiologists work with people in a variety of contexts—from athletes and coaches in the context of sports to injured individuals in the context of rehabilitation to members of the general public in the context of improving health or fitness. Many kinesiologists find their work to be rewarding both scientifically and socially, and careers are available in a range of landscapes from business and industry to health care and medicine to academia.

Our Kinesiology curriculum reflects the multidimensional nature of the field and provides content and experiences across a range of exercise science and medical contexts with a special emphasis on human anatomy and physiology. Drake’s Kinesiology program includes an emphasis on practical skills-oriented, problem-based teaching laboratories and a human-focused curriculum that enhances critical thinking and integration with the liberal arts.

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