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Combine your love for sports with your heart for people as you learn to meet the spiritual and physical needs of others through the Sports & Health Science major.

This unique pre-graduate program in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy is built on a foundation of biblical, discipleship, and academic preparation for service to and leadership of people through the health care field – whether on the mission field, in a school or camp, or in a different professional health care setting.

The Sports & Health Science program combines the rigorous elements of our Secondary Education Science, the practical hands-on aspects of our Health & Physical Education program, and the discipleship emphasis of Sports Ministries.

Meet Ron Chastain, BBC Athletic Trainer and instructor for the Sports & Health Science program.

"This program prepares students for a graduate degree in Athletic Training. They're getting a lot of experience - 200 hours of seeing some of the areas that I work in, some areas that physical therapists work in."

Read more about Ron here.


Our goal is to provide you with the excellent educational foundation you need to succeed in a health-service related graduate-level program.

Download a printable Sports & Health Science PDF here.

Core courses
We give you a strong foundation to understand and apply biblical truth through 42 hours of Bible and theology courses. This biblical foundation is the basis for your personal character development and ethical grounding.

A required set of General Studies courses supplements that foundation with the academic groundwork you will need to prepare for graduate level study.

You will build on these with 42 credit hours of sports ministry, science, and health related courses, including 10 credit hours of practicum and observation.

Core courses of this program include:

Human Anatomy and Physiology
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Athletic Training Application
Exercise Physiology

Making the program your own
You will earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sports & Health Science. You will graduate having completed coursework equivalent to a double major in Bible and Sports & Health Science. You may elect to receive a B.S. in Bible instead.

As a graduate, you will be equipped with an understanding of how to reach and disciple people through serving their immediate physical needs. You will be well prepared to take the next step toward a professional master’s level program in a health services-related discipline.

Your unique set of skills will enable you to be effective as a global Christian leader wherever God leads you.

A range of post-graduate vocational options offers you many career directions:

  • Medical Missions Ministries
  • Sports Ministry Organizations
  • College or High School Athletic Trainer
  • Health Care and Rehabilitation Services
  • Physical Therapy

  • What they say
    “This program takes advantage of the best of the BBC experience and curriculum to give graduates a solid foundation from which to launch a career in health care related fields. We believe the combination of discipleship, personal mentoring, and the educational foundation that a BBC grad will get, well-equips them for graduate school and their eventual career pursuits. This unique program will prepare the whole person to serve others in a way that God has called them to.”
    - Dr. Bill Higley, Associate Professor, School of Global Ministries
    Lady Defenders Softball Head Coach

    Learn more
    For details about the Sports Health & Science program, contact Dr. Bill Higley.