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Online Bachelor of Science
Exercise Science – PTA Completion Pathway

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Build on your experience as a physical therapist assistant and prepare for new opportunities

You chose to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) because you love helping people recover from injury and lead more active lives. Take your passion to the next level with Harrisburg University.

We offer an online Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science completion program for licensed PTAs that can help you develop additional knowledge and skills to support patients now or pursue graduate-level qualifications in the future.

Program Features And Benefits

Transfer up to 70 approved credits - 53 from your PTA associate degree, and up to 17 more from other college-level study.

Study online with a total of four in-person weekends for skills labs.

Build additional knowledge and skills in healthcare leadership, wellness, and fitness.

Complete prerequisite study for graduate-level education, including HU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

Fulfill academic requirements for a range of health and fitness industry certifications.

Plus, graduates of this program who meet academic performance standards will receive preferential consideration for admission to HU’s DPT* program. You can also work with an academic coach to craft your application.

What You’ll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Design comprehensive health and fitness programs for a variety of populations across their lifespan.
  • Integrate mitigating risk and maximizing effectiveness of facility management and wellness-plan implementation.
  • Prepare for the American College of Sports Medicines Exercise Physiologist certification exam.

Career opportunities

Completing your exercise science degree can help you enhance the service you provide as a PTA, but it can also equip you for new opportunities. For example, earning a bachelor’s in exercise science may qualify you to pursue exercise physiologist roles. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for exercise physiologists are projected to grow by 10% over the 2022-2032 period.[1]

Other job titles this degree may prepare you for include:

  • Coach or assistant coach
  • Fitness trainer/instructor
  • Fitness and wellness program coordinator
  • Fitness center manager
  • Athletics trainer
  • Wellness or fitness coach

[1] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/exercise-physiologists.htm#tab-6

Core Courses for the Online B.S. in Exercise Science (PTA Completion Pathway)
Experiential Learning Courses

How to apply

To apply to the online B.S. in Exercise Science, you will need to have a PTA associate degree and an active, unrestricted license to practice as a PTA. We recommend that applicants to this program have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.

See more details, including where to fill out our free application form, on our admissions page.

 

*Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; www.fsbpt.org) or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT’s website.
Harrisburg University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on November 1, 2024. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
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