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 science 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.

Overview/Description

The Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology offers a four-year undergraduate bachelor’s program in Exercise Science. There are two degree options: Clinical Option (CLO) and Exercise and Fitness Management (EFM) Option. Students enrolled in the CLO option study the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from exercise and physical activity. EFM students have coursework that integrates exercise, nutrition, public health, and business that are essentially in developing and implementing exercise and wellness programming in communities and businesses. EFM students are poised to continue their studies in the graduate MBA program.

In addition, the Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology offers a three-year Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. Upon admission to the undergraduate ES Clinical Option program, students are not guaranteed a spot in the DPT program. As an undergraduate in the ES Clinical Option 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.