Health and Physical Education

  • Small class size
  • Hands-on clinical experiences for athletic training students
  • Expansive list of clinical sites: high schools, universities, orthopaedic offices, and physical therapy sites
  • Seven semesters of field experience at local colleges, high schools, and universities

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Goals

The Department of Health and Physical Education provides courses in a wide variety of leisure skills and health areas so that students may be better able to maintain a healthy lifestyle, both now and in the future.

Courses in Health and Physical Education are designed to enable the student to:

  1. Actively engage students in a comprehensive educational experience that is enhanced through the interaction of classroom, clinical, and professional educational experience.
  2. Provide each student with a theoretical and analytical knowledge base.
  3. Provide quality field practicum experience.
  4. Promote the health and wellness development of each student.
  5. Develop professionals with high ethical standards who will positively contribute to their professions.
  6. Develop professionals who value self directed learning and professional devel­opment.
  7. Achieve satisfactory preparation reported by graduates and employers, for entry­level positions and/or graduate school.
  8. Prepare students to sit for and successfully complete national and/or state certi­fication examinations.
  9. Acquire physical skill to incorporate physical activity and wellness for a diverse society.


Through these courses, the students understand that achieving a healthy lifestyle is a conscious decision and it is within their power to take responsibility to do so.

Degree Requirements

Credits required for Athletic Training

Major: 83.5
Core: 46
Electives: 0
Total to Graduate: 129.5

Credits required for Physical Activity

Major: 67.5
Core: 46
Electives: 12.5
Total to Graduate: 126

Credits required for Teacher Education

Major: 88
Core: 46
Electives: 0
Total to Graduate: 126

Programs

Students in the Department of Health and Physical Education can choose from two degrees: B.S. in Athletic Training and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. Students pursuing a degree in Health and Physical Education have a choice of two majors: Physical Activity and Teacher Education.

  1. The Athletic Training Program is committed to providing students with educa­tion, clinical, and professional growth opportunities that will help prepare them for The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) examination, and entry into the Athletic Training profession.
  2. The Teacher Education major is designed to prepare students to teach in an educational setting and, upon completion, leads to a Pennsylvania teaching certification for grades pre-K-12 in Health and Physical Education. (See Education Department listings for complete details on certification.)
  3. The Physical Activity major is designed for students interested in positions in settings such as health clubs, corporate fitness, racquet clubs, recreation centers, fitness clubs, wellness centers, etc. This major allows students to customize a program to meet their career goals.


Minors are available in:

  1. Physical Education
  2. Coaching


Curriculum Requirements — Majors and Minors

B.S. Athletic Training

The three-year professional program combines intensive classroom and clinical education. Students interested in the athletic training program must meet strict and demanding admissions requirements, and formally apply to the program in the spring of their first year. Once admitted, students begin an intense didactic study with clinical experience in relevant and up-to-date practical knowledge. In addition to the minimum 126 credits, students will have clinical experience hours working with university athletic teams, local high schools, physician offices, and local physical therapy clinics.

Please see the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) website, or the most up-to-date information concerning all aspects of the ATEP. 

Program Requirements Athletic Training

Required Core Courses: (6 credits) 

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology 3

Theory Courses: (17.5 credits) 

Students need to receive a minimum of a "B–" in HPE 180 and a "C" in all other required courses. 

BIOL 121L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
1
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 122L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
1
HPE 210 Anatomical Concepts 1
HPE 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy 3
HPE 225 Physiology of Exercise 3
HPE 225L Physiology of Exercise Lab .5
HPE 324 Motor Learning 2
HPE 424 Organization and Administration 3

Degree Courses (67 credits):

BIOL 114 Microbiology for the Health Professional 3
BIOL 114L Microbiology for the Health Professional Lab 1
CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHEM 121L Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
HPE 130 Emergency Response in Athletic Training 2
HPE 155 Pre-Clinical Experience in Athletic Training 1
HPE 180 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
HPE 255A Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I 3
HPE 255B Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II 3
HPE 308 Concepts in Athletic Training 3
HPE 311 Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers I 3
HPE 311L Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers I Lab 1
HPE 313 Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers II 1
HPE 313L Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers II Lab 1
HPE 355A Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III 3
HPE 355B Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV 3
HPE 360 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
HPE 360L Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab 1
HPE 400 Therapeutic Modalities 3
HPE 401 Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
HPE 410 Therapeutic Exercise 3
HPE 411 Therapeutic Exercise Lab 1
HPE 418 General Medical Conditions for the Athletic Trainer 4
HPE 455A Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V 3
HPE 455B Clinical Experience in Athletic Training VI 3
HPE 459 Research in Athletic Training 3
HPE 460 Senior Seminar 3
N D 330 Sports Nutrition 3

Athletic Training Education Program Mission 

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Marywood University is to provide dedicated, effective undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and service to our students preparing to be health care providers for the physically active to benefit the people of the state of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Students in the Athletic Training Education Program are offered a curriculum of didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences which emphasize a "hands on" learning approach. The Athletic Training Education Program is committed to providing students with education, clinical, and professional growth opportunities that will help prepare them for The Board of Certification (BOC) examination, and entry into the Athletic Training profession. The Athletic Training Program at Marywood University does not discriminate against religion, race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or disability. 

Program Goals

  • Facilitate student knowledge, and clinical skill development as the foundation for sound practice and leadership in the profession of Athletic Training.
  • Athletic Training students will complete a variety of clinical experiences. 
  • Support university values of teaching and learning as a first priority providing quality service to students, to the university, and to the community.
  • Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree in four years.
  • All graduates of the Marywood University ATEP sit for the BOC examination. 

Program Objectives

At the completion of the Athletic Training Education Program, the students will:

  1. Demonstrate educational competency and clinical proficiency in the following content areas for the practice of Athletic Training: 
    a. Evidence Based Practice
    b. Prevention and Health Promotion
    c. Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
    d. Acute Care of Injury and Illness
    e. Therapeutic Interventions
    f. Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
    g. Health Care Administration
    h. Professional Development and Responsibilities. 
  2. Understand the profession of Athletic Training, the athletic trainer’s role in the health care arena, and the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with the athletic trainer as a health care professional. 
  3. Recognize the need for the support of clinical practice through ongoing educa­tion, research and service. 
  4. Demonstrate respect for and treat the patient as an individual, without regard to race, color, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, political or religious affiliation, or athletic ability. Facilitate student knowledge, and clinical skill development as the foundation for sound practice and leadership in the profes­sion of Athletic Training. 


Program Admissions Criteria

A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training major. A maximum of 16 students will be admitted to the program each year. Application to the Athletic Training Education Program takes place during the spring semester of the freshman year. A second round of admissions may occur following the summer term if space is available. Interested students must meet with the Program Director prior to declaring Athletic Training as a major. 

The admission of transfer students will include a careful evaluation of the students’ cumulative GPA and prerequisite coursework. The Program Director will make all decisions related to the acceptance of transfer courses. Transfer students are required to complete all Athletic Training specific courses at Marywood University. Transfer students should contact the Program Director regarding program require­ments and any questions regarding transfer courses. (See program transfer policy in the ATEP handbook and website, http://www.marywood.edu/health-pe/programs/ athletic-training/admission/, for more information). 

Admission to the Professional Phase athletic training education program requires: 

 

  1. Completion of HPE 180 with a grade of B– or better 
  2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better:  
    1. HPE 130
    2. HPE 155 
    3. BIOL 121 
    4. BIOL 122 
  3. A cumulative QPA of 2.50 or higher 
  4. Submission of the following:  Program application form
    1. An Unofficial Marywood University transcript 
    2. Submission of official transcripts of any college courses taken at another college/university. 
    3. Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification (see ATEP student handbook for a list of approved ECC providers). 
    4. Proof of current first aid certification. 
    5. Two letters of recommendation, not from family or personal acquaintances. 
      1. One from an individual that can speak to the academic qualities of the applicant (HS teacher, non-program university faculty). 
      2. One from an AT, MD, DO, PT, OT, NP, PA or DC that addresses likeli­hood the applicant will be successful as a healthcare professional. 
    6. Copies of physical examination and vaccination verifications. 
    7. A signed copy of the programs technical standards for admission form. 
    8. 500 word minimum essay addressing the question "Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you." 
    9. Supervising ATC evaluation of student observation hours. 25 hours of clin­ical observation completed under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer. 

 


Once all required materials are submitted, and reviewed, the candidate will be eligible for a formal interview.

A detailed up-to-date description of the ATEP application and admission process is located in the ATEP Student Handbook and online at http://www. marywood.edu/health-pe/programs/athletic-training/admissions. 

Tuition and Fees

In addition to tuition, athletic training students will be responsible for the following additional expenses:

  • Act 34: Criminal Record Check (annually)
  • Act 151: Child Abuse History Clearance (annually)
  • Immunizations (including annual tuberculosis)
  • Fingerprints (once)
  • Marywood University ATEP Clothing
  • Transportation to and from clinical sites


See the ATEP handbook and website, http://www.marywood.edu/health-pe/ programs/athletic-training/index.html for a complete description of program related fees. 



B.S. Health and Physical Education Majors

This program, which leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, requires each student to successfully complete the following courses, in addition to the core curriculum component of the undergraduate curriculum. Please note that completion of state teaching certification competencies is not required for graduation in Health and Physical Education, unless the Teacher Education major is chosen.

Teacher Education majors must attain a minimum QPA of 3.00 to be admitted into the program and must maintain the 3.00 to graduate in this major. Teacher Education majors must also successfully complete upper level education admission and retention requirements.

Upper Level Admission, Retention(Completed with the Education Department)

Students make formal application for upper level teacher education courses as they complete 48 credits, often in the second semester of the sophomore year.

Requirements are as follows:

  1. application;
  2. recommendation from two faculty;
  3. cumulative overall QPA of 3.00 minimum;
  4. completion of 6 credits of college level math and 6 credits of college level English (3 credits in composition, 3 credits in literature);
  5. speech/hearing/communication screening;
  6. evidence of ongoing field experience with minimum of 40 hours (NOTE: Act 34/Act 151 fingerprint clearances are required for field experience participation);
  7. interview with faculty and practitioners;
  8. passing scores on PADA: Reading, PPST: Writing, and PPST: Math tests taken in first sophomore semester (involves fees);
  9. character reference.


Student teaching approval requires:

  1. completion of all admission procedures specified above;
  2. completion of prerequisite courses;
  3. completion of at least 100 hours of field experience, appropriately distributed over scope of sequence;
  4. minimum QPA of 3.00 overall;
  5. minimum QPA of 3.00 in the major and also in the professional education sequence for secondary/K-12; Elementary Education majors need a QPA of 3.0 in the major and also in the minor;
  6. continuing recommendation of major department;
  7. Mantoux test (formerly TB) and other clearances specified locally.


Recommendation for certification requires:

  1. completion of degree requirements;
  2. completion of program in education (3.00 minimum QPA);
  3. completion of major (3.00 QPA).


Requirements for admission into the Health and Physical Education Department include:

  • Minimal Cumulative QPA according to their major 
  • Evidence of ongoing field experience (Teacher Education major only) 

Required courses for Health and Physical Education majors and their credit amounts are as follows. Students must receive a “C” or better in the following courses.

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Health and Physical Education Courses: (34.5 credits)

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 121L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
1
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 122L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
1
HPE 132 Personal and Community Health
3
HPE 160 Foundations of Physical Education
3
HPE 210 Anatomical Concepts
1
HPE 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
HPE 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy
3
HPE 225 Physiology of Exercise
3
HPE 225L Physiology of Exercise Lab
0.5
HPE 324 Motor Learning
2
HPE 326 Tests and Measurements
3
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education
3
HPE 424 Organization and Administration
3

B.S. Health and Physical Education Teacher Education. Must take all classes listed below:

HPE 201 Team Sports 2
HPE 202 Recreation Sports 2
HPE 203 Individual Sports 2

Teacher Education Major Courses (47.5 credits):

HPE 115 Basic Aquatics
1
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education
3
HPE 242, 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory
1
HPE 322 School Health
3
HPE 346 Methods in Secondary Physical Education
2
HPE 346L Methods in Secondary Physical Education Lab
0.5
EDUC 000 Field Experience (every semester)
0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­12 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education
1
PSY 251 Developmental Psychology
3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
3
†EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction K-12
3
†EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education
3
†SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptation 3
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials and Assessment in Teaching ELL 3
MATH Elective
3
EDUC 442N Student Teaching
9

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching
† Upper level admission and retention in Education Department Required. 

Accreditation

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Physical Activity majors must attain a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major program to graduate. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be admitted into the program nor allowed to take upper level (300+) major courses.

The Physical Activity Major Program requires the student to declare and complete 15 credits in a specific interest area such as Sports Medicine, Sport Management, or Nutrition by the end of their sophomore year. The courses must be approved by the advisor and department chair before enrolling.

Physical Activity Major courses (30 credits):

HPE 111R Weight Lifting
1
HPE 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine
2
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education
3
HPE 242 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory
.5
HPE 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory
.5
HPE 344 Adaptive Physical Education 3
HPE 360 Exercise Test and Prescription
3
HPE 360L Exercise Test and Prescription Lab 1
HPE 480A Practicum
3
HPE 480B Practicum
3
ND 112 Nutrition I 3
ND 213 Nutrition II 3
ND 330 Sports Nutrition 3
OR    
ND 331 Sports Nutrition & Health Promotion 3

Related area: in addition to above courses, student needs 15 credits in an area approved by student’s advisor and chairperson of the HPE department.

Sports Medicine

HPE 180 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
HPE 311 Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers I 3
HPE 311L Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers I Lab 1
HPE 313 Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers II 3
HPE 313L Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers II Lab 1
HPE 400 Therapeutic Modalities 3
HPE 401 Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
HPE 410 Therapeutic Exercise 3
HPE 411 Therapeutic Exercise Lab 1
HPE 418 General Medical Conditions 4

Sport Management

BUS 111 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 121 Principles of Management 3
BUS 131 Accounting I 3
BUS 132 Accounting II 3
BUS 103 Computer Tool Management 3
BUS 252 Business Law I/Legal Environment of Business 3
BUS 422 Personnel/Human Resource Management 3

 

Minors

An 18-credit minor in Health and Physical Education is available to interested students. Students must check prerequisites for courses. Courses included in the minor are:

HPE 111R Weight Lifting 1
HPE 132 Personal and Community Health 3
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education 3
HPE 242, 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory 1
HPE 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
HPE 324 Motor Learning 2
HPE 322 School Health 3
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education 3

 

A 19-credit coaching minor is available to interested students. Students must check prerequisites for courses. Courses included in the minor are:

HPE 111R Weight Lifting 1
HPE 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology 3
HPE 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
HPE 324 Motor Learning 2
HPE 421 Coaching 2
HPE 360 Exercise Test and Prescription 3
ND 330 Sports Nutrition 3
OR    
ND 331 Sports Nutrition & Health Promotion 3

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