Exercise Science: Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy, B.S.

Students from the exercise science concentration in pre-physical therapy participate in a lecture.

Launch your career as a physical therapist with a bachelor's degree in exercise science with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. PBA offers state-of-the-art human performance laboratories as well as partnerships with esteemed organizations to set you up for a successful career.

School of Education & Behavioral Studies

West Palm Beach



Why Earn a Degree in Exercise Science at PBA?

The exercise science program at PBA brings together the most current and relevant instruction, and state-of-the-art learning facilities anchored in a South Florida setting, where health and fitness are a top priority.

  • Hands-on learning: all health and human performance majors will successfully complete an internship outside or inside of PBA in their chosen field.
  • Facilities and equipment: study in our cutting-edge Health and Human Performance Lab to develop technical skills in a controlled lab setting.

female students smiling and taking notes at Palm Beach Atlantic University

Apply Now

Chart Your Path. Launch Your Future.

Apply Now

Program Courses

Learn more about your classes and requirements in the course catalog.

See Course Catalog

The School of Education & Behavioral Studies is well-known throughout Florida and as such, has established solid partnerships with school districts and other organizations for meaningful hands-on student teaching and clinical opportunities. Our Christ-centered approach to teaching and learning will deepen your outlook on your chosen profession and the impact you can have on others. And our innovative range of programs, from education to athletic training, results in a dynamic range of students learning together and collaborating daily.

Features of our distinguished education and behavioral studies programs:

  • Experience an education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective.
  • Engage in hands-on learning through off-campus internships in various health and education-related fields.
  • Discover undergraduate research opportunities with HHP faculty.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in the exercise science field.

Rigorous and Respected

The program is offered through the Health and Human Performance Department, which is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. You’ll take part in a very hands-on experience, learning to work with individuals of all types—from high-level athletes, to those dealing with everyday health issues to cancer survivors through PBA’s Cancer-Related Fatigue Program.

Internships are a key requirement of the program and internship sites for PBA students include:

Paley Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Institute
YMCA of West Palm Beach
Lake Worth Golf Course
Forest Hill High School
Kings Academy
CrossFitt Navigate
Rosariann Academy
South Olive Recreation
Renaissance School
Jupiter Medical Center
Building Up Sports Academy
National Training Center (Orlando Health)

Launching Brighter Futures

Graduates of the program have been accepted into outstanding graduate programs, including at Florida Atlantic University, Southern Florida University and Colorado State University. And you’ll find them working with impressive organizations, including:

Paley Institute
S. Marine Corps
The Breakers Resort
Palm Beach County Schools
West Palm Beach Police Department
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
University of Miami Women’s Basketball
Crossfit City Place
Florida Panthers (NHL)

PBA awards over three million dollars in scholarships every year and 97% of PBA undergraduate students receive financial aid.

Calculate Costs

Career Preparation & Experiential Learning

Get out of the classroom and into the world. Serve, study, and learn abroad. Research, explore, and delve into your biggest questions. Intern, immerse, and gain career-enhancing skills. Embrace adventure, and see for yourself what it feels like when learning becomes an experience.

Career Development


Related Programs

Exercise Science, B.S.

Assert your passion for helping people live their strongest, healthiest, most nourished lives. People-driven inspiration and biblically informed principles for day-to-day life fuel Palm Beach Atlantic University’s outstanding Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Exercise Science degree program.

Exercise science student conducts a laboratory test.

Exercise Science, Minor

An undergraduate exercise science minor requires 21 credit hours—13 from required health and human performance courses and nine from electives in areas like nutrition, coaching and training.

Students from the exercise science program gather data in a lab session.

Exercise Science: Concentration in Pre-Athletic Training, B.S.

Launch your career as an athletic trainer with a bachelor's degree in exercise science with a concentration in pre-athletic training. PBA offers state-of-the-art human performance laboratories as well as partnerships with esteemed organizations to set you up for a successful career.