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Choosing the best kinesiology course requires you to first determine your employment goals. Like any other science, kinesiology can be studied along any of several different tracks, and each track is directed toward a set of professional possibilities. If you are uncertain and just want to see what kinesiology is all about, a kinesiology course can be audited or taken for credit at an educational institution or even online. You might find it useful to approach a professional who is engaged in work you find interesting and politely ask if he or she has a degree in kinesiology, and if so, which kinesiology school he or she attended and what kinesiology course he or she enjoyed most. There also are several professional organizations for kinesiologists that you may contact online with basic questions about kinesiology.
Be aware that any kinesiology course is going to include some degree of scientific information, so make sure you are comfortable with basic science concepts. A bachelor's degree in kinesiology is intended to prepare you for practical work in various public and private settings, such as schools and health clubs. A master's degree in kinesiology goes deeper into the theories behind the science and will prepare you for working in a laboratory, performing research on human motion.
When selecting a kinesiology school for yourself, make sure that it offers the degree track in which you are interested. You will have the opportunity to consult with a representative from the institution about your goals with kinesiology, and that will help you determine the types of kinesiology courses you should take. Be sure that you meet the prerequisites for the first scheduled kinesiology course you attend so you don't feel overwhelmed by new terminology and concepts. Throughout your studies, consult with advisors as necessary to make sure that you are maintaining a good path toward your professional goals.
Kinesiology studies human motion, so it is likely to remain an important field as new advances in health and fitness are made. As with any science, you should be wary of shortcuts to professional expertise. Should you be tempted to apply for a certificate program or other course of study that is not accredited by one of the major kinesiology associations, take the time to examine what is offered with the coursework at an accredited institution. Often, certificate programs omit valuable concepts so they can appeal to people's motivation to finish quickly and get ahead. Realistically, the best way to get a professional footing in the sciences is to devote yourself to study at an accredited institution.
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