Kinesiotherapist Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Kinesiotherapists work under the direct supervision of licensed physicians to assist patients with physical impairments or limitations. Undergraduate kinesiotherapy programs prepare graduates for certification with the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA).

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Currently, only three universities across the United States offer accredited programs in kinesiotherapy. However, many more schools offer training in related topics such as kinesiology and exercise science.

Schools with Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiology Programs

At these schools, students can receive training in kinesiotherapy or kinesiology:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (In-state, undergraduate, 2015-2016)*
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $7,334
Shaw University Raleigh, NC 4-year, Private Bachelor's $16,580
Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,366
Rice University Houston, TX 4-year, Private Bachelor's $42,253
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,037
George Washington University Washington, DC 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $50,435
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $43,318
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,806
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $6,507

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Here are some things to consider when choosing a kinesiotherapy school:

  • Ensure that a program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • If you have a particular subfield of interest, such as dance, swimming, gymnastics or tennis, find out if any program offers a specialization in that area.
  • Get more information about on-campus clinical training facilities like rehabilitation centers, gymnasiums or swimming pools, which can provide convenient access to patients and experience in kinesiotherapy methods.

Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiotherapy

Bachelor's degree programs prepare aspiring kinesiotherapists to assess patients and apply concepts in exercise, such as strengthening and conditioning along with treating injuries, diseases and disabilities. Programs include general education and prerequisites, such as evaluation and assessment. Students must complete approximately 1,000 hours of clinical experiences.

Over the course of a kinesiotherapy training program, students can learn about the science behind sports and exercise, and they can practice working with patients to heal injuries and improve overall health.

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