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Applied Health Science Bachelor's Degree (B.S.)

Applied Health Science Bachelor's Degree (B.S.)

Applied Health Science at Messiah College 

Prepare for a career in one of the fastest growing and changing U.S. Industries—health and wellness.

In Messiah College’s applied health science Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program, you’ll gain firsthand experience in the field of applied health science with particular attention on learning how your Christian faith and career aspirations can strengthen each other. Through internships, research and clinical courses, you’ll receive valuable hands-on experience in applying concepts presented to you in class by caring faculty, who are also respected scholars.

As an applied health science major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Go on to medical school, physical therapy school or complete other advanced degrees in the allied health fields
  • Choose from pre-professional, pre-physical therapy or exercise science concentrations
  • Study in an accelerated degree program, if you wish. Messiah offers accelerated degree options in athletic training and occupational therapy (both of which may have applied health science for the bachelor's degree).
  • Develop an understanding of the anatomical and physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise and critically analyze human movement patterns
  • Work on a human cadaver as a pre-physical therapy or pre-professional student
  • Conduct research with faculty members 
  • Work with the campus wellness program
  • Design personal fitness programs for individuals
  • Pursue graduate studies in specialized fields such as cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, fitness program leadership or exercise physiology
  • Participate in conferences at the regional and national level
  • Participate in college honors and departmental honors programs

Through the applied health science program, you will:

  • Discover significant presuppositions common to both the Christian faith and the field of health and exercise science, with particular attention given to ways in which the Christian world view can enlighten the discipline
  • Apply your disciplinary knowledge and Christian values in meaningful and practical on or off-campus experiences. Through these experiences, you will demonstrate a commitment to use your knowledge in ways that benefit and serve others.
  • Learn to write in a clear, scholarly fashion
  • Develop an understanding of the anatomical and physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise and critically analyze human movement patterns
  • Be equipped with the necessary background knowledge to pursue graduate study in specialized fields such as cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, fitness program leadership or exercise physiology
  • Attain the skills and abilities necessary for entering a variety of health and exercise science careers
  • Be able to prescribe individual movement activities designed to achieve satisfactory fitness levels and improve athletic performance
  • Have the ability to conduct research in accordance with the principles of sound qualitative and quantitative research interpretation and procedure

As a graduate of the applied health science program, you will be equipped to secure positions such as:

  • Exercise scientist
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness or wellness director
  • With additional schooling: physical therapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, exercise physiologist, doctor and public health advocate

For more information on career planning for the applied health science program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center

Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program helps place students in a variety of applied health science internships. A few examples include:

  • Pro and local sports teams
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Cardiac rehab programs
  • Health clubs
  • Personal training facilities
  • Corporate wellness programs

 

Program emphasis

Applied health science majors choose from several concentrations: pre-professional, pre-physical therapy, and exercise science. Messiah’s unique multi-dimensional approach to health and wellness offers coursework in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, chronic disease, health promotion, exercise psychology, sport sociology and nutrition, preparing you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need  to promote wellness among diverse population groups while aiding them in stewardship of one of God's greatest creations—the human body.

Accelerated degree options

Messiah offers two accelerated degree options: athletic training and occupational therapy. Both accelerated degrees offer applied health science as the major for which you will complete the bachelor's degree portion of study. In both options, you can earn your bachelor's degree and your master's degree in just five years. You can learn more by clicking on the links to the right. 

Hands-on experience

You will gain hands-on experience in Messiah's state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab. The laboratory houses sessions for exercise physiology, kinesiology and research methods. In addition, this lab serves as a focal point for the undergraduate research initiative, where you can conduct original research presented and published on a regional, national or international level. You will learn to calibrate, use and modify the equipment for your specific needs through various classes or research projects.

After graduation

Graduates of Messiah's applied health science program pursue careers in various health, fitness and wellness related occupations. You'll be prepared to enter medical school, physical therapy school or other graduate health science programs, if you wish.