The mission of the Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science at San Diego Christian College is to prepare students to matriculate to Physical Therapy School, Occupational Therapy School, Chiropractic School, and to teach Physical Education. Rehabilitation Science provides students with a rigorous curriculum that is geared to those students who seek admittance to Physical Therapy School or Occupational Therapy School. Entry requirements for Physical Therapy School and Occupational Therapy School are very competitive. San Diego Christian college is one of several colleges or universities in the Western United States to have a dedicated pre-professional curriculum in both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
The Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences curriculum at SDC is one of the few in the United States that offers both a pre-physical therapy emphasis and a pre-occupational therapy emphasis. In addition to these two very popular courses of study, students can also elect to emphasize in traditional K-12 Physical Education and pre-chiropractic studies. Each emphasis combines hands-on experience with rigorous academic and professional study. Students are taught by nationally and internationally recognized professors who mentor their students within a Christian environment that engenders spiritual, personal, physical, and academic growth.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement. The term is used in higher education institutions to describe a multifaceted field of study in which movement or physical activity is the primary focus. Physical activity includes exercise for health promotion and physical fitness, activities of daily living, and involves special populations such as children, elderly, persons with injury or disease and athletes.
Selecting kinesiology as your area of study will present many opportunities for academic challenge and hands-on experience. Working closely with our athetic teams and in the training room, our students are provided with the opportunity to put what they learn in the classroom to practice. Our faculty mentor students and take a personal interest in their personal, spiritual, and vocational development.
Robert Mechikoff, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Kinesiology & Rehabilition Sciences
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As a pre-professional program, the vast majority of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science graduates focus on matriculation to physical therapy or occupational therapy school. The program also prepares SDC students to matriculate to medical schools, dental schools, and related allied health careers e.g. physician assistant, nursing, and orthopedic and chiropractic technicians.
Another emphasis of the program is teaching physical education in grades K-12. Students focus on elementary, middle or high school physical education preparation. California requires public school teachers to be credentialed, therefore students are encouraged to complete SDC’s one year Teacher Credential Program after earning their bachelor’s degree.
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All Kinesiology majors will complete the Common Core
Lower Division Core Courses for all Kinesiology Majors
- Biology 211 – Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 units
- Biology 212 – Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 units
- Chemistry 201 – General Inorganic Chemistry – 3 units
- Psychology 201 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units
- Kinesiology 204 – Motor Learning and Development – 3 units
- Kinesiology 205 – Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries – 4 units
- Physics 210 – General Physics I – 4 units
Upper Division Core Courses for all Kinesiology Majors
- Biology 300 – Biological Health Education – 3 units
- Kinesiology 311 – Structural Kinesiology – 3 units
- Kinesiology 401 – Biomechanics – 3 units
- Kinesiology 402 – Exercise Physiology – 3 units
- Kinesiology 410 – History and Philosophy of Sport & Physical Ed. -3 units
These courses are common to all Kinesiology majors who have selected the Pre Physical Therapy emphasis, Pre Occupational Therapy emphasis, or the Teaching and Coaching emphasis. Pre Physical Therapy and Pre Occupational Therapy majors will take additional science courses. Please consult the Master Schedule for specific courses required in each emphasis above and beyond the Common Core Courses. Students are responsible for completing the prerequisites that certain courses in the major and minor require e.g. prerequisites for KIN 401 Biomechanics are Physics 201 (4 units) and KIN 311 (3 units); prerequisites for Kin 402 Exercise Physiology are BIO 211(4 units) and BIO 212 (4 units).
Dr. Robert Mechikoff
Dean-Division of Natural Sciences
Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
Robert Mechikoff arrived at SDCC from San Diego State University where he taught history of sport and philosophy courses since 1981. He received his BA in Political Science from Long Beach State University as well as his MA in Physical Education. Professor Mechikoff earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University where he studied history and philosophy. He has also coached football and swimming at both the high school and college level.
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- Careers in the broad fields of sport, athletic administration, sports ministry, coaching, and teaching
- Graduate work in health and exercise sciences
- Matriculation to Professional schools-Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical School
- Fitness center owner or manager
- Fitness specialist
- Group exercise instructor
- Health promotion specialist
- Kinesiology department administrator
- Kinesiology researcher
- Personal trainer
- Physical education teacher
- Professional scout
- Sport administrator
- Sport event manager
- Sport facility operations manager
- Sport instructor
- Sport official
- Strength and conditioning coach
Adopted From: Careers of Sport, Fitness, and Exercise. Published by: Human Kinetics
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association
- American College of Sports Medicine
- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
- American Physical Therapy Association
- Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer
- American Coaching Association
- International Association of Coaching
- National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- Demonstrate acquisition of a comprehensive knowledge base in kinesiology concepts, theories, trends, issues and practical application of physiological, behavioral, and socio-cultural and Godly components of health across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate and effectively teach a variety of physical skills at the appropriate level for achievement of individual performance.
- Articulate strategies to reach resolution to specific practical issues related to helping patients, athletes, students and clients maintain active and healthy lifestyles.
- Effectively communicate with professionals and clientele within the discipline via a combination of oral, written, and technological media.
“I began my four year journey at SDC in the fall of 1999 and graduated with a Kinesiology degree in the Spring of 2003. The teaching, and friends, from SDC grounded me intellectually and spiritually and prepared me for my career. I am currently in my fifth year working at Francis Parker School in San Diego, as the Athletic Trainer and P.E. teacher. San Diego Christian College prepared me to serve young people in an environment that I love. I feel privileged to be able to apply the practical sciences that I learned in my major, while following Christ’s calling to serve others. As the Athletic Trainer at Francis Parker I am able to work one-on-one with injured athletes. This has allowed me to build meaningful relationships with my students that I hope has an eternal impact.”
~ Jarrad Phillips, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, 2003
“The Department of Kinesiology at SDC prepared me to enter the rewarding field of physical therapy. Through this program I was able to obtain a job at a local hospital specifically in the Acute Physical Therapy department. The professors provided mentorship and support to enter my chosen career field and they also took the time to really invest in me as a person, student, and future colleague. As I reflect on my time at SDC, I realize how privileged I was to obtain an education at an institution that impacted every aspect of my life.”
~ Daniel, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, 2015