KinesiologyThe Anderson University Department of Kinesiology (DOK) offers unequaled preparation for careers in athletic training, exercise science, teaching physical education and coaching. The 132,000 square foot Kardatzke Wellness Center houses state of the art laboratories, clinical settings, classrooms, field house, dance studio and pool. High-quality faculty/staff serve exemplary academic, wellness, recreation and athletics programs.
Hands-on experiences under the watchful eye of professors who are active in their profession allow students to learn skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the job market. Each major includes application of learning skills in a real life setting working with AU community members, athletic teams, clinics, schools and agencies.
Why Choose AU for Kinesiology?
The Department of Kinesiology features three academic programs: exercise science, athletic training, and physical education teacher education (PETE). In each of these areas of study, students begin working in their field well before they graduate. Athletic training students participate in clinical experiences with sports teams on campus and at allied health-care facilities.
The PETE majors gain field experiences through teaching in private and public schools, teaching home-schooled children, and coaching Special Olympians. Exercise science students serve the AU community by working as personal trainers for faculty and staff and by developing strength training and conditioning plans for athletic teams. Students in the Department of Kinesiology benefit from the up-to-date and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment at the Kardatzke Wellness Center.
Some graduates from AU’s Kinesiology programs go on to study in prestigious graduate schools across the country or obtain jobs at universities, while others go on to careers in orthopedic centers or with professional sports teams or teach in public and private school systems.