Meet the physical fitness competency requirement as established by the kinesiology department
The physical fitness competency requirement consists of an initial assessment and exit assessment. The initial assessment will be completed in KIN180-Introduction to Kinesiology and the exit assessment will be completed during KIN330-Exercise Testing and Prescription.
Graduates of Northwestern’s Athletic Training program are also candidates for physical therapy graduate programs. Athletic trainers cannot become physical therapists without completing physical therapy professional training, nor can physical therapists become athletic trainers unless they have graduated from an accredited athletic training program and passed the Board of Certification examination. Some universities offer a program that combines an entry-level graduate athletic training program and a graduate physical therapy program for students whose undergraduate degree could be in exercise science, biology or a related field.