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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Human Performance

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Dr. Lauren Willis, Chair of Human Performance
Dr. Thomas Bell, professor Sport Leadership track
Mrs. Hilary Lakes, professor Sport Leadership track
Dr. Jordon Macht, professor Sport Medicine track
Ms. Keri Coots, professor Sport Medicine track
Mr. Tim Rogers, instructor of Health & Physical Education
Ms. Anne Blevins, instructor of Health & Physical Education


The mission of the Division of Human Performance is to develop students in a Christian atmosphere in the disciplines in Health & Physical Education With or Without Teaching, Sport Leadership and Sport Medicine. The course work required in each of these disciplines will professionally prepare students in their respective fields to be life-long learners and servant leaders.

Academic Tracks

Health and Physical Education:

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION AREA. .This program prepares students in the area of Health & Physical Education. Many students outside the state of Kentucky choose to do teaching certification in their state of residency rather than choosing the Secondary Education Minor.

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION (HPETE): Students choosing P-12 certification IN KENTUCKY in health and physical education must choose the Secondary Education Minor (33 hours) with the HPETE track.

Sport Medicine:

EXERCISE SCIENCE AREA: This area of pre-professional concentration prepares the students to pursue careers in rehabilitation, therapy, health promotion in the workplace, fitness/wellness centers, pre-athletic training and /or graduate studies in exercise science.

FITNESS WELLNESS SPECIALIST: This area of concentration prepares the student for careers in corporate fitness/wellness or sport training. Students are encouraged to pursue ACSM Sport Training, Clinical Exercise Specialist, or Health Fitness Specialist exam or National Strength Training and Conditioning CPT or CSCS upon completion of their degree.

PRE-ATHLETIC TRAINING: This area of concentration prepares the student for the graduate level Masters in Athletic Training. Students will complete 200 internship hours with the athletic training department.

Sport Leadership:

SPORT MANAGEMENT AREA: This area prepares students for a variety of administrative positions within the sport, business, tourism and recreational industries.


ATHLETIC COACHING MINOR: The minor prepares interested students with the necessary background and experience to become a coach.

SPORT MANAGEMENT MINOR: The minor prepares students with necessary materials for leadership in areas of sport facility management, educational, governmental, recreation, tourism and the healthcare industry.

Departmental Requirements

Health and Physical Education with Teacher Education (HPETE)

Students who wish to obtain Kentucky teacher certification in Health and Physical Education must declare the Health and Physical Education for Teacher Education area (HPETE) AND the Secondary Education Minor. Declaring these programs does not insure admission into the Educator Preparation Program. Please refer to the School of Education requirements for Admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Sport Leadership

SPORT MANAGEMENT–Students choosing this track with the Sport Management Area or Sport Management Minor must have passed ENG 112  with a C grade to take core classes above HP 315 - Introduction to Sport Management . There is a portfolio and internship requirement for the Sport Management Area.

ATHLETIC COACHING MINOR-Students interested in the Athletic Coaching Minor are exposed to several coaching theory courses and must complete internship hours with an athletic program.

Sport Medicine

EXERCISE SCIENCE–Students choosing Exercise Science Area must closely follow the Advisor’s recommendation for course sequencing. Students must complete 41 hours of required coursework within the Department of Mathematics and Division of Natural Science not including electives for the Exercise Science Area. There are 12 hours of 300/400 level courses in Restricted Electives must be taken to fulfill the Upper Division Hour requirement for graduation with advisor’s approval. Internship hours are required with this course.

FITNESS WELLNESS SPECIALIST-Students are encouraged to sit for the American Council of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Sport Training, Health Fitness Specialist or Clinical Exercise Specialist or National Strength Training & Conditioning (NSCA) exams upon completion of the program. Internship hours are required with this program.

PRE-ATHLETIC TRAINING–Students choosing this pre-professional program will be prepared to meet academic curriculum requirements for most Master of Science in Athletic Training programs. Internship hours with the athletic training department is required for this major.

Organizations and Activities

SWAT (Sport Leadership & Medicine, Wellness, Athletics & Teaching) CLUB: Membership in this club is limited to those students choosing academic tracks of study in HPETE, Sport Leadership or Sport Medicine or who choose the Athletic Coaching minor.

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