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What is Kinesiology?

KinesiologySome science courses have strange names that you may have never heard before. Take "kinesiology" for example. What is it? Kinesiology is the physics of the human body, or how the body functions when it's in motion.

Terry Elder, DC, of National University, teaches kinesiology in the bachelor of biomedical science program. He says, "Kinesiology is the function of joints and muscles -- how the body works. It can prepare you very well for graduate health programs in virtually any field, whether you'll be studying medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, or any other health career degree."

For example, in Dr. Elder's class, you'll not only learn the names and locations of muscles, but also:

  • which muscles are active in what types of movements,
  • how they coordinate together,
  • which muscles contract and which muscles lengthen when you step forward,
  • how these different actions stabilize each other.

Kinesiology is crucial for those who are planning a career in sports medicine, orthopedics or chiropractic medicine. These are fields where professionals must keenly understand the cause and prevention of injury. For that reason, understanding anatomy is not enough. They have to know how different types of motion put stress on joints and muscles. You might say that kinesiology puts anatomy in motion so that we can gain a better understanding of how the human body is engineered.

At National University's bachelor of biomedical science program, you can study kinesiology as well as your choice of over over 40 courses in science, math, computer and communication subjects specifically designed to prepare you for a career in health care. 

A Word from Dr Richardson

In this video, hear Daniel Richardson, PhD, assistant dean for the College of Allied Health Sciences, explain the unique advantages of National University's bachelor degree completion program in biomedical science. A BS in biomedical science can be a springboard to excelling in advanced degrees and a variety of careers.

Dr. Richardson teaches botanical medicine to students in the BS program, and also teaches pharmacology courses in National University's graduate programs. This is one example of how our undergraduate students benefit in learning directly from graduate-level faculty members.

Learn more about how to complete your bachelor's degree in biomedical science at NUHS.

Meet Biomedical Science Student Konstantina Adams

Konstantina Adams knew NUHS was her dream school after visiting the campus on a high school anatomy tour.  In this video she shares her favorite aspects of the BS program, as well as her experience in on-campus housing. Konstanina plans to use her bachelor's degree in biomedical science as a foundation for a future career in chiropractic medicine.

"You're being taught by professors who actually care and who are part of the field that you are eventually going into. I've been taught by chiropractors, I've been taught by naturopaths...people who are passionate about what they're teaching." -- Konstantina Adams, biomedical science student

A BS in Biomedical Science Equals Opportunities

In this video, Dr. Randy Swenson, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, talks about how NUHS' Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree completion program can be tailored to fit any of a wide number of career paths.

Whether you plan to stay at NUHS for a professional degree, or apply to another graduate school, National's convenient evening classes can help you finish you B.S. degree in as few as 16 months.

You can learn more about our Bachelor of Biomedical Science program by attending one of our Campus Visit Day or "Student for a Day" events. Email us at or call us at 1-800-826-6285 for more information.

Exploring an Emphasis in Nutrition for a BS Degree

One great feature of the bachelor's degree completion program here at NUHS, is the option to choose an "emphasis in nutrition." Many students are choosing this, as it's a great complement to a B.S. in Biomedical Science. 

We decided to talk with one of NUHS' favorite professors, who is the nutrition "guru" here at NUHS. Dr. Daniel Richardson is the assistant dean for the College of Allied Health Sciences, and holds bachelors, masters and PhD degrees from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Pharmacology and Pharmocognosy. He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Nutrition Consultants as well as a Certified Nutrition Consultant. (Yes, that's the caliber of our undergraduate faculty here!)


"There is a growing interest in nutrition in our country, and people are taking charge of their own health through better nutrition," he says. "Most medicine is based largely on the body's ability to heal itself, but that can only happen if the patient has the right amount of nutrients."

For a student hoping to become a naturopathic physician some day, Dr. Richardson made it clear that you don't have to become a nutritionist to benefit from an education in nutrition. He explains that, "Whatever type of health professional you plan to be, be it a chiropractic or naturopathic physician, dentist, an M.D., an optometrist, or a nurse, a solid knowledge of nutrition will help you make better diagnoses and provide better care for your patients."

The great part about choosing this emphasis is that when you graduate, it's reflected on your NUHS diploma. To do an emphasis in nutrition means you can't just take any courses you want, like the regular BS degree. You need to have 19 hours of credit in nutrition courses such as:

  • Sports and Physical Performance Nutrition
  • Nutrition in the Life Cycle
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Food Science
  • Plus other nutritional courses!

An "emphasis" is like an added credential or a sub-major within biomedical science. Dr. Richardson reports that the university hopes to develop other areas of emphasis in the future.