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Pre-Professional Tracks 

Pre-Physical Therapy

The Pre-Physical Therapy program is a pre-professional curriculum whereby all the necessary prerequisites can be completed in preparation for applying to a school of physical therapy. The department provides advising to assist each student in developing a plan best suited to his/her needs.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

The Pre-Occupational Therapy program is a pre-professional curriculum whereby all the necessary prerequisites can be completed in preparation for applying to a school of occupational therapy. The department provides advising to assist each student.

 Undergraduate Programs

Athletic Training M.S. Pathway

In May 2015, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) announced that professional education in athletic training must occur at the graduate level. Students who are interested in athletic training will be enrolled in a degree pathway leading to completion of the new Master of Science in Athletic Training. Each year the AT program admits (1) new cohort of students who begin their plan of study during the Fall semester.  Admittance into the AT program is on a competitive basis. Students complete a secondary selective admissions application process during their sophomore year.  Students who are admitted into the AT program will complete the program over the course of their final two years at SDSU.

Community and Public Health

The Community and Public Health program is designed to prepare students in planning, implementing, delivering and evaluating health programs that will improve the quality of life of individuals, groups and communities.  The program objectives are to facilitate the development of professional skills in methods and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis for evidence-based approaches to utilize in public health programming which will promote health across the life span.

Exercise Science

Exercise Science is the study of human movement performed to maintain or improve physical fitness.  Exercise Science graduates are well trained to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for individuals who are healthy and those with controlled disease. Students will also be prepared to become a certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition to health. It is a vital, growing field open to creativity and opportunity. A Bachelor of Science in dietetics, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is designed to prepare students to apply for a supervised practice experience (dietetic internship) and ultimately sit for the national registration exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). 

Physical Education Teacher Education

The Physical Education Teacher Education major provides knowledge, skills and abilities to students who are interested in becoming physical education teachers in preK-12 schools. Coursework includes skill and fitness competencies classes designed to teach candidates how to teach the content that forms the basis of physical education in schools as well as refine their personal skills in those areas. Content also provides candidates with knowledge to develop curriculum, organize and administer physical education and sport programs, work with children with special/diverse needs, work in recreational settings, and teach dance and health in preK-12 schools.

Sport and Recreation Management

Sport and Recreation Management professionals are needed to meet recreation demands resulting from expanding populations, increased leisure time, greater mobility and changing social attitudes. The curriculum in Sport and Recreation Management is designed to prepare students for professional positions in sport, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation programming and administration. 

Graduate Programs 

M.S. in Athletic Training

The M.S. in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and is comprised of 57-60 credits, offering a diverse array of clinical sites to gain professional experience.                     

M.S. in Dietetics- Online

The M.S. in Dietetics program, offered online through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), consists of 36 credits and is only available for those credentialed as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) or those that are RDN-eligible.

M.S. in Nutrition & Exercise Science

The M.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Science program is an integration between the fields of nutrition and exercise science and is made up of 30-35 credits and prepares students to be skilled in professional practice/education and/or future research in the health sciences. Students may specialize in either nutritional sciences or exercise science. 

M.S. in Sport & Recreation Administration

The Sport and Recreation Administration program consists of 32-36 credits and prepares students to become dynamic leaders in intercollegiate athletics as well as campus and community recreation. The curriculum and internship experiences will educate students in management, marketing, communications, facilities, finance, ethics and legal issues, research, and much more.  Students graduating from the program will be equipped with a skill set that can be directly applied to a wide range of exciting career possibilities.

Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Science

The Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences program provides students the opportunity to begin their development as an independent researcher. Students pursuing a doctoral degree typically seek employment in higher education, industry or government. This doctoral program consists of 60 credits and offers specialization in either nutrition or exercise science.

Graduate Certificate

Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (TOP) Certificate

The TOP Certificate provides expertise in a job market that is desperate for trained professionals in the prevention of childhood obesity. The program will expose students to a variety of disciplines involved in the prevention of childhood obesity, allow students the opportunity to design childhood obesity prevention initiatives, and prepare students to conduct transdisciplinary research on the behavioral, social, biological, and environmental causes of childhood obesity. Faculty from Nutrition, Exercise Science, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing work collaboratively with SDSU Extension to implement the TOP graduate certificate program. Students will obtain a TOP program certificate upon completion of the requirements for both the certificate (9-10 credits) and the Masters or Doctoral degree from their respective college.