Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology

Mission Statement

The UMass Lowell Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology mission is to promote human health and development through:

  • Teaching of theory and practice of physical therapy and exercise physiology in classroom and community-based settings preparing graduates to practice their profession with knowledge, competence, and respect for human well being;
  • Scholarship in the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge in physical therapy and health; and
  • Public service in partnership with local, regional, and national organizations advancing intervention and prevention-based strategies in health.


The Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology offers a four-year bachelor’s program in Exercise Science which is the study of acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from exercise and physical activity. The undergraduate curriculum is broad based and includes courses in liberal arts, basic sciences (Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry), and professional courses (Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Exercise Prescription/Program Planning). The department’s courses are comprehensive and cumulative and prepare students for a practicum experience in the senior year.

In addition, the Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology offers a three-year Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. Upon admission to the undergraduate EP program, students are not guaranteed a spot in the DPT program. As an undergraduate in the EP program, students complete all the courses required to apply to the highly competitive program in Physical Therapy. See graduate catalog for more information.

For additional information visit the Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology website or contact us.