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Health Enhancement, Exercise Science, and Physical Education

 

View Health Fitness (R): 157B
View Health Education (R): 186
View Advanced Personal Trainer Certificate (R): 191B
View Personal Trainer Examination Letter of Recognition(R): 821
View Physical Education Teacher Education (R): 159A 
View Aging Studies Letter of Recognition: 822

 

Department Chair – Prof. Elizabeth Ridings
 
Coordinators:
Health Education – Dr. Maureen Edwards
Aging Studies – Dr. Maureen Edwards
Health Fitness – Prof. Karen Thomas
PE Teacher Education – Prof. Lesley Wasilko
 
HLTH Coordinators:
HLTH 100: Principles of Healthier Living – Prof. Lila Fleming
HLTH 113: First Aid & CPR – Prof. Marge Turnbow
HLTH 121: Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness – Prof. Elizabeth Ridings


Tracks in health enhancement, exercise science, and physical education are designed for students interested in adult fitness, personal training, work site wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, health promotion, community health, teaching health or physical education on the elementary or secondary level, and athletic coaching.

Career possibilities in physical education and health have expanded beyond the traditional school setting during the past decade. Americans have grown more interested in personal health, fitness, wellness, and leisure-time physical activities. This has created a demand for professionals with specialized training to provide leadership and service in adult fitness and health promotion. In response to these changing societal interests and the resulting job market, the Department of Health Enhancement, Exercise Science, and Physical Education offers four tracks from which students may choose to fulfill their career goals: exercise science/health fitness leadership, gerontology, health education, and physical education teacher preparation/coaching.

Each track provides the first two years of a typical four-year curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree. The A.A. in arts and sciences is awarded upon completion of all requirements in the specific track. Most career opportunities in fields related to these curricula require a bachelor’s degree. The program at Montgomery College prepares students to efficiently transfer and complete their upper-level coursework at a four-year institution. A certificate curriculum in personal training is also available.

Colleges and universities vary in their requirements. Thus, it is important that students contact the program coordinators or departmental advisers prior to registration to ensure the design of a program that transfers efficiently.


Health Fitness AA

This AA track is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in health promotion, fitness, or corporate wellness. An analysis of job markets in fields related to health promotion shows that the fields are experiencing rapid growth expansion as our society continues to become more health conscious and aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  This track has been designed as a transfer program appropriate for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in exercise science, health promotion, health education, or kinesiology.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills and, will develop the abilities to apply theoretical information in practical real-life situations.  Emphasis is on an understanding of the human body, health behavior, personal health, lifetime fitness principles and training techniques, nutrition, weight control, stress management, and other related healthy lifestyle topics.  Students will learn to assess the different components of health and fitness, and they will acquire skills in the design, implementation, and supervision of healthier lifestyle programs for groups and individuals.  Students will also acquire the program assessment and evaluation skills needed for the successful implementation of health behavior change programming.

Completion of the AA requirements in Health Fitness will prepare students for fitness certifications through nationally recognized professional organizations such as the American Council on Exercise,  American College of Sports Medicine, and National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Also, upon completion of designated courses, students will be eligible to sit for various NCCA approved certifications for a reduced fee. 

First Semester
BIOL 150 Principles of Biology I (NSLD) 4
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
HLTH 220 Emergency Medical Responder (HLHF) 3
PHED 206 Principles and Practices of Health Fitness
Arts distribution
3
Second Semester
HLTH 225 Introduction to Health Behaviors 3
MATH 117 Elements of Statistics
OR
MATH 165 Precalculus (MATF) 3
PHED 228
Group Fitness Instructor Training 
3
English foundation 3
Humanities distribution 3
Third Semester
BIOL 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSLD) 4
PHED 230 Advanced Weight Training:  Theory and Design 3
PHED 237 Advanced Metabolic Assessment and Program Design 3
Arts or humanities distribution 3
Behavioral and social sciences distribution† 3
Fourth Semester
BIOL 213 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PHED 250 Prevention and Management of Exercise Injury 3
Behavioral and social sciences distribution† 3
Speech foundation 3
Total Credit Hours 60

 

* ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/103

†The two behavioral and social sciences courses must be in different disciplines.  Students participating in the articulated curriculum with Salisbury University - Shady Grove need an additional 9 health credits and PHED 140 (1 credit).  Students must check with departmental advisors for appropriate courses.

Program Outcomes for the Arts & Sciences AA  -  Health Fitness Track

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Define health and describe the dimensions of wellness and a healthy lifestyle while demonstrating the impact of  individual health related behaviors on overall health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics as it relates to health and exercise programming.
  • Describe and utilize current theories of health behavior  to facilitate  behavior change and program adherence.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of exercise science and the skills necessary to administer appropriate fitness assessments and use the results to design a comprehensive health fitness program.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of health fitness instructor's responsibilities, limitations, and the legal complications.

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Health Education (R): 186
Arts and Sciences AA

This AA track prepares students to enter a diverse, people-oriented field in which professionals work to promote lifestyle wellness and improve the health status of society. Health educators assist people in making responsible decisions and changing behaviors to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Professionals in this fast-growing field are employed by public and private health care organizations, government agencies, hospital wellness centers, corporate-based worksite health programs, college and university health service centers, insurance companies, private health promotion corporations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, family planning agencies, and health clinics, and as education representatives for textbook publishers and pharmaceutical companies. Graduates with school health degrees teach on the elementary, secondary, and college levels, in both private and public school settings. School health educators also qualify to work in many community and governmental agencies. Job titles include patient educators, health program managers, health education teachers, community health organizers, health promotion directors, and wellness coordinators.

 

First Semester
BIOL 150 Principles of Biology I (NSLD) 4
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
HLTH 105 Personal and Community Health (HLTH)
3
SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology (BSSD)
3
Mathematics foundation
3
Second Semester
ENGL 102
Critical Reading, Writing, and Research (ENGF) 3
CHEM 109//109L Chemistry and Society/Chemistry and Society Laboratory  (NSLD)†
OR
CHEM 131 Principle of Chemistry I (NSLD)  4 
HLTH 160
The Science and Theory of Health
3
PSYC 102
General Psychology (BSSD)
3
Speech foundation 3
Third Semester
BIOL 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSLD) 4
HLTH 225
Introduction to Health Behaviors 3

Arts distribution
3
Health electives (at least three health elective credits must be at the 200 level)
5-6
Fourth Semester
BIOL 213 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
 Arts and Humanities distribution
3

Humanities distribution
3
Health electives (at least three health elective credits must be at the 200 level)
3
Total Credit Hours 60-61

 

* Students who qualify for a waiver of ENGL 101 may select three credits of electives with approval of the department.

† If CHEM 109 is selected, both CHEM 109 and CHEM 109L must be taken.  Since chemistry requirements vary widely please check with your transfer institution of Artsys.

‡ Students must consult with departmental adviser before selecting electives from HLTH or other categories. Select electives from HLTH 113, HLTH 121, HLTH 125, HLTH 131, HLTH 150, HLTH 170, HLTH 200, HLTH 212, HLTH 215, HLTH 220 and HLTH 230. At least three health elective credits must be at the 200-level.

Program Outcomes for the Arts & Sciences AA  -  Health Education Track

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe biological, psychological, environmental and social factors which influence health. 
  • Explain the impact of individual behavior on health status. 
  • Define health education and list the skills/competencies of the entry level health educator. 
  • Develop a health education intervention based on the assessment of controllable and non-controllable risk factors that impact health.


Advanced Personal Trainer Certificate (R): 191B


The personal trainer certificate curriculum has been designed to develop fitness specialists who are knowledgeable and skilled in fitness, wellness instruction and program design. This curriculum blends science and theory with practical application and hands-on experience.

Students will acquire an academic foundation in the fundamental principles of exercise and nutrition in addition to a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Practical skill training will focus on the development of expertise in fitness assessment, health and fitness program design, safe exercise technique, training methodology, injury prevention and care, behavior change, exercise leadership, and personal training business practice.

The certificate curriculum offers the educational framework and basic competencies for career opportunities in the fitness industry. Successful completion of the certificate will prepare students for many of the nationally recognized personal training certification examinations.  Students will have the opportunity to sit for the ACE Personal Trainer examination at a reduced fee.

Program Requirements   
HLTH  121 Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness 3
HLTH  220 Emergency Medical Responder
3
PHED 206
Principles and Practices of Health Related Fitness 3
PHED 228 Group Fitness Instructor Training
3
PHED 230 Advanced Weight Training:  Theory and Program Design 3
PHED 237 Advanced Metabolic Assessment and Program Designs 3
PHED 240 Personal Training Techniques 3
Total credit hours  21

 

Program Outcomes for the Advanced Personal Trainer Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and musculoskeletal risk factors and appropriate use of health histories, physician referrals, and informed consent.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of appropriate fitness assessments for the following fitness components, cardiorespiratory, strength, flexibility and body composition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of appropriated exercise program development for the following fitness components, cardiorespiratory, strength, flexibility and body composition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of specific behavioral strategies to enhance exercise and health behavior change
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of ability to communicate effectively and teach exercise participants proper exercise techniques, exercise progression, and lifestyle change.

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Aging Studies Letter of Recognition: 822

This sequence of three courses is designed to introduce students to the field of gerontology, to help generate further interest in studying the aging process and to assist those working in the field to demonstrate knowledge in key areas.  A grade of C or above is required for each course in the sequence. 

Program Requirements    
HLTH 170
Introduction to Aging
3
HLTH 230
Health in the Later Year
3
SOCY 240
Sociology of Age and Aging 3
Total Credit Hours

9

 

Program Outcomes for the Aging Studies Letter of Recognition

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact and relevance of psychological, economic, demographic and political issues on the health of the aging population. 
  • Describe the role of acute disease, chronic disease, and accidents as barriers to health and longevity. 
  • Examine the process of age socialization in social institutions including family, education, work, law, and media.  
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the intersection of age, gender, social class, and race/ethnicity. 
  • Distinguish between age-associated and age-related changes in body systems.  
  • Analyze the impact of mental health status, memory, cognition and chronic disease in the aging population. 

 


  

Personal Trainer Examination Preparation Letter of Recognition  821

This letter of recognition is designed to prepare individuals interested in working in the fitness industry to successfully pass national personal training certifications such as ACE’s Personal Trainer certification.  Students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills to apply theoretical fitness information in practical real-life situations. Emphasis is on an understanding of the human body, lifetime fitness principles and training techniques, nutrition, weight control, and other related healthy lifestyle topics. Students will learn to assess the different components of health and fitness, and they will acquire skills in the design, implementation, and supervision of healthier lifestyle programs for healthy individuals. A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.  This certification is designed so that individuals can complete this certification in one semester.

 

 Program Requirements  
HLTH 113
First Aid & CPR 2
HLTH 121
Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness 3
PHED 166
Personal Fitness I 1
PHED 206
Principles and Practices of Health Related Fitness 3
Total Credit Hours

9

 

Program Outcomes for the Personal Trainer Examination Letter of Recognition

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Define health and describe the dimensions of wellness and healthier lifestyles. 
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics as it relates to health and exercise programming
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of individual health related behaviors on individual’s health status.
  •  Demonstrate ability to describe the concept of risk and risk factors as related to development of acute and chronic illness and ability to recognize risk factors that may require further evaluation before participation in physical activity.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles of
     A healthy lifestyle including physical fitness, nutrition and weight management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety plans, emergency procedures, and first aid techniques needed during fitness evaluations, and exercise training
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the health/fitness instructor's responsibilities, limitations, and the legal implications of carrying out emergency procedures
  • Identify and demonstrate proper procedures and skills for fitness assessments and program design including proper technique for cardiovascular and strength machines.

 

 

 

 


Physical Education Teacher Education (R): 159A
Arts and Sciences AA

This AA track provides the first two years of a teacher preparation program for the elementary and secondary grade levels.

This curriculum prepares students to transfer to four year institutions with a broad based background in the study of human movement and education theory and psychology.  This curriculum is based upon introducing students to the to the National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)  for entry level physical education teachers.  The program allows the students to fulfill their general education requirements, participate in field work experience as well as complete a core of professional preparation work that is appropriate for students in their first two years of the physical education major.  Courses will address pedagogy, psychology, motor skill and movement abilities as well as health and fitness promotion.

 

First Semester
BIOL 150 Principles of Biology I (NSLD) 4
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
MATH 110
Survey of College Mathematics (MATF)
3
PHED 166
Personal Fitness I
1
PHED 186
Volleyball
1
PHED 201
Overview of Physical Education
3
Second Semester
COMM 108
Introduction to Human Communication  
OR

COMM 112  Business and Professional Speech Communication (SPCF) 3

Arts distribution
3
HLTH 105 Personal and Community Health
3
PHED 143 Soccer  
OR
   
PHED 152
Basketball
1
PHED 163
Weight Training Designs for Women
 
OR
   
PHED 170
Strength Training and Conditional !
1
PHED 228
Group Fitness Instructor Training 
3
Third Semester
BIOL 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSLD) 4
EDUC 102
Field Experience in Education
1
ENGL 102
Critical Reading, Writing, and Research 
3
HLTH 125
Personal Health Fitness
 
 OR    
PHED 206
Principles and practices of Health Fitness
3
PHED 101
Badminton
 
OR

 
PHED 116
Tennis I
1
Arts or humanities distribution 3
Fourth Semester
BIOL 213 Anatomy and Physiology II (NSLD) 4
PHED 204
Foundations of Elementary School Physical Education
3
PSYC 102 General Psychology (BSSD)
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution‡
3
  Humanities distribution
3
Total Credit Hours 60

 

* Students who qualify for a waiver of ENGL 101 may select three credits of electives with approval of the departmental adviser.

† Students should consult with a departmental adviser before selecting electives from HLTH, PHED, or other categories.

‡ The two behavioral and social sciences courses must be in different disciplines.

Program Outcomes for the Arts & Sciences AA - Physical Education Teacher Education Track

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Identify historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of physical education issues and legislation.  
  • Analyze and correct elements of motor skills and performance concepts. 
  • Develop and implement appropriate (e.g. measureable, developmentally appropriate, performance- based) goals and objectives aligned with local, state and/or national objectives.   
  • Design and implement content and assessments that are aligned with lesson objectives. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current technology by planning and implementing learning experiences that require students to appropriately use technology to meet lesson objectives.  
  • Implement effective demonstrations, explanations, and instructional cues and prompts to link physical activity concepts to appropriate learning experiences.

Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements
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