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Exercise and Rehabilitation Science

To inquire about this program:

Holly Evans | 423.869.7417 | [email protected]


The Sport and Exercise Science Department provides students with an understanding of the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological effects of exercise on the human body.


Degree Offered



The BS in Exercise and Rehabilitation Science (ERS) is designed for students interested in Physical Therapy. The ERS degree aligns with the LMU DPT program prerequisites and admission requirements. Students enrolled in the ERS major also includes the concentration in sport therapy.


Four Year Plan

Exercise and Rehabilitation Science - Four Year Plan


Guaranteed Professional Admission (GPA) Program

The LMU Guaranteed Professional Admission (GPA Program) is a unique program of Lincoln Memorial University that allows high-achieving, highly motivated high school seniors to earn guaranteed acceptance into one of our professional degree pathways upon successful completion of their Undergraduate degree at LMU. Each professional program has slightly different benchmarks and requirements along the way but is committed to offering successful GPA program participants a head start on their professional education.


For more information on the GPA program, please visit the GPA page for more information.

The exercise and rehabilitation science degree offer incoming freshmen that meet the academic qualifications direct entry to LMU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The academic qualifications are outlined below. 

  1. High school graduate with a science and math grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  
  2. Minimum math (21) and reading (23) ACT score or minimum SAT score of 1100 
  3. Three (3) years of science including Chemistry and Biology; One year of physics is strongly recommended  
  4. Three (3) years of college prep math (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra and/or trigonometry)  
  5. Interview with faculty/staff involved with GPA Program (Physical Therapy)

Prior to progression to the professional DPT phase:

  1. Students will be required to answer a physical therapy-focused writing prompt/personal statement   
  2. Two (2) character references from (choose 2 of the following):
    1. Guidance counselor/ humanities teacher  
    2. Science Teacher  
    3. Coach 
    4. Employer 

Freshmen admitted as BS/DPT students will be granted conditional acceptance into the Professional phase of the DPT program upon satisfactory completion of the above requirements in addition to the degree requirements. Full acceptance into the Professional Phase of the DPT program will be granted pending satisfactory completion of the Criteria for Progression to the Professional DPT Program



 If you are interested in this path, please complete the online application below.

 Guaranteed Professional Admission (GPA) Program Supplemental Application


Clubs & Organizations

The Sport and Exercise Science Majors Club offers students multiple ways to develop both socially and professionally with their field of study. Students are encouraged to attend state and regional conferences with instructors, where they can attend lectures, present research, and participate in competitions.