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Certificate Programs

Wilderness Studies Certificate

(code KPE_CT02)

This program is designed to develop leaders who can provide safe and challenging situations for individuals seeking self-fulfilling experiences in wilderness environments. The program of study will enable the student to acquire appropriate knowledge and skills, and to develop a personal philosophy reflecting understanding and concern for the protection of the environment and safety of participants in wilderness activities.

Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with a CSULB degree program.


  • 1. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification (80 hours)
  • 2. Resume of Outdoor Experiences
  • 3. Coursework (27-29 units):

Take all of the following:

  • BIOL 100 Biology of the Human Environment (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: One GE Foundation course.
  • KIN 242 Backpacking (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 244 Kayaking (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 246A Mountaineering (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 247A Techniques of Rockclimbing (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 448 Wilderness Studies: Leadership Practicum (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 489K Field Work in Physical Activity Settings - Fieldwork in Wilderness Studies (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of Kinesiology course requirements for the major option in which field work is taken. KIN 242, 244, 246 or 247, 243C or 245. Completion or corequisite of KIN 448, certification in CPR and First Aid, and consent of instructor.
  • REC 427 Legal Aspects of Leisure Services (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing.

Select three of the following: KIN 243A, 243C, 245; REC 430

Contact Information

For answers to questions regarding the Wilderness Certificate, contact the Department of Kinesiology office 562/985-4051.


Kinesiotherapy Certificate

(code KPE_CT04)

Certificate in Kinesiotherapy

This program is designed to prepare the student to pass the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA) Certification Test. AKTA certification will qualify the therapist to provide therapeutic physical activities in rehabilitation settings including clinics, hospital, schools, universities, convalescent home and other private and public institutions or private practice. The student will complete the Option in Kinesiotherapy in the undergraduate curriculum plus 19 additional units. Information concerning the certificate can be obtained from the Director of the Kinesiotherapy Program in the Department of Kinesiology.

Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with a CSULB degree program.


1. Admissions application and approval by Director

2. Completion of the degree requirements of the Bachelor of Science: Option in Kinesiotherapy with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

3. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue and to receive the certificate

4. Course work

  • KIN 405 Cardiopulmonary Aspects of Health-Related Exercise Programs (4)
    Prerequisites: KIN 210 or current First Aid and CPR certificates, KIN 301.
  • KIN 488 Clinical Basis of Kinesiotherapy (3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiotherapy and admission into the Kinesiotherapy Certificate Program and successful completion of a course(s) in pathological and neurological foundations of rehabilitation or approval of the Director of the Kinesiotherapy Certificate Program.
  • KIN 489F Fieldwork in Kinesiotherapy
    Prerequisite: Completion of Kinesiology course requirements for the major Option in which field work is taken.
  • KIN 588L Kinesiotherapy Clinical Training I Lab (6)
    Corequisites: KIN 588.
  • KIN 589L Kinesiotherapy Clinical Training II (3)
    Corequisites: KIN 589.

*Students planning to enroll in Kinesiotherapy Option, fieldwork and internship courses are required to attain current certification in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) prior to enrollment by completing the American Red Cross Course: CPR/AED Certification for the Healthcare Provider & the Professional Rescuer or the American Heart Association Course: BLS for Healthcare Providers

Contact Information

For answers to questions regarding the Certificate in Kinesiotherapy, contact Edward Duag.