Health, Athletic Training, Recreation & Kinesiology
The Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology offers three BS degree programs, one in therapeutic recreation, one in kinesiology with concentrations in either teaching physical and health education or exercise science, and one in athletic training.
The department also offers a teaching endorsement in driver education, and minor programs in health education, outdoor education, coaching, and pre-professional clinical studies.
A variety of activity classes, whose goal is to develop fitness and skills in life-time sports and recreation, are offered to all students.
Health and activity classes are structured to provide students with knowledge about current health issues and to help them develop behaviors and attitudes that will aid in maintaining a state of optimal health and well-being throughout the life-span.
The Bachelor of Science Athletic Training degree, an accredited program of CAATE, develops healthcare professionals who are competent in the delivery of quality athletic health care. The program includes one year of pre-athletic training, a selection process, and three years in the professional and clinical education phase of the program. Admission to the Athletic Training Program is competitive.
The Kinesiology curriculum offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology in two areas: Exercise Science, and in teaching Physical and Health Education (PHETE). All majors must take a core of kinesiology theory classes; then, depending upon interest and career goals, students will take course work in one of the program concentrations.
The Bachelor of Science Therapeutic Recreation degree is an accredited program of the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)and reflects the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) competencies. The program provides students with a comprehensive foundation of: liberal arts, biological and health sciences, social sciences, disability studies and leisure theory. The technical aspects of the Therapeutic Recreation profession are taught within specialty courses.