Michael Merriweather has always liked the idea of working in healthcare but, as the result of his training at California State University San Marcos at Temecula, his perspective has changed. While he has always wanted to work in a hospital as a nurse or physician’s assistant, he is now interested in focusing on fitness, health and wellness — the lifestyle components that facilitate disease prevention.
Merriweather will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology — the study of human movement — from CSUSM in May. Society’s increasing concern for the physical well-being of the American population, kindled by the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity 2001, has sparked renewed interest in the study of physical education and kinesiology.
“This has been terrific program,” he said. “I’ve learned the impact of physical activity and sports on health and life quality for people at every stage of life. Because the Temecula programs are all presented on a cohort basis, I never have to wait for registration. I know I will be enrolled in the classes I need, as I need them and that I will graduate on time. I’ve also had some incredible professors who are conducting research in the field and offer real-world experiences that make our coursework meaningful and bring the science behind kinesiology to life.”
For his final semester this spring, Merriweather and his classmates will participate in internships that prepare them to work in the field.
The American Kinesiology Association’s list of Careers in Kinesiology details the diverse and continually expanding opportunities available to those choosing this field of study.
While working on the Bachelor’s at CSUSM at Temecula this past year, Merriweather has served as a scribe in the Emergency Room at Inland Valley and Rancho Springs Hospitals in Murrieta.
After graduating in May he hopes to earn a Master’s degree in a nursing or physician assistant program.
“Regardless of which path I take, I’m really interested in working in a healthcare setting, helping people to become healthy and live the best life they can,“ he said
California State University San Marcos at Temecula invites students to learn more about its Kinesiology degree program.
Applications for 2013 are now being accepted.