There are at least three different Christian colleges that offer undergraduate programs in sports medicine. These schools are spread out across three different states, and they each have their own distinguishing characteristics. Find out more about these schools and their sports medicine programs.
The Christian schools below that offer sports medicine majors are all 4-year, private institutions, but they vary slightly in tuition rates and denomination. In the table below, compare the location and tuition rates of these schools.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Southwest Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Bolivar, MO||$23,358|
|Bluefield College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Bluefield, VA||$24,800|
|Belhaven University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Jackson, MS||$24,250|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of a Few Christian Colleges that Offer Sports Medicine
Sports medicine may be offered as a concentration or in conjunction with another subject, but typically these programs provide students with hands-on learning in the field. Students considering study at a Christian college may want to see what spiritual growth opportunities are available at the institution. Here we discuss each school's sports medicine program, unique spiritual growth opportunities and other factors for consideration.
Southwest Baptist University
Southwest Baptist University in Missouri had about 2,970 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The university offers a major in sports medicine that is designed to prepare students for graduate-level programs in areas like physical therapy, athletic training or medicine. Students in the program complete clinical experiences that can be tailored to their particular career interests. The program also offers small cohort sizes and the opportunity to participate in an integrated healthcare mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The university also helps students grow in their faith through the Community Life + Worship program that requires students to earn 25 points each semester for a total of 200 points prior to graduation. Students earn points by participating in small groups and service projects, going on mission trips and attending chapel.
Bluefield College in Virginia offers an exercise and sport science major with a concentration in sport medicine. Students are able to adapt the program to meet their career interests and get plenty of hands-on learning experiences through practicums, internships and laboratories, including instruction at the college's Sport Medicine Lab that is run by professors. According to the NCES, the school had about 970 undergraduate students in 2016. Spiritual life on campus includes a variety of mission opportunities locally and across the globe, as well as campus ministries, like Young Life and Baptist Campus Ministry, small groups and chapel services. Other student organizations on campus include Greek Life, Appalachian Outdoor Club, art club and SALT (Student Activities Leadership Team).
Students at Belhaven University can invest in their spiritual lives by attending Bible studies and chapel services and/or participating in ministry and outreach programs/organizations on campus, such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the McNair Great Commission Fund (global missions). Students may also choose to participate in a range of national honorary societies, student leadership and other interest groups, like Math Club, Urban Dance Club, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) or Chess Club.
The university offers a minor and Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. Students in the degree program get hands-on learning with modern scientific instrumentation and methods and participate in research, clinicals and peer mentorship. All students in the program are also part of the Sports Medicine and Exercise Science (SPEX) Club, and those who qualify can join the Sports Medicine and Exercise Science academic fraternity, Sigma Mu Epsilon Sigma. The NCES reported that the university had a little over 2,710 undergraduates in 2016.