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Health Enhancement, Exercise Science, and Physical Education

 

View Health Fitness (R): 157B
View Aging Studies (R): 600A 
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 

 

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
 
HE Coordinators:
HE 100: Principles of Healthier Living – Prof. Lila Fleming
HE 101: Personal and Community Health – Dr. Susan Milstein
HE 107: First Aid & CPR – Prof. Marge Turnbow
HE 108: 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 A.A.

Revised: Effective Semester -  Fall 2012

This A.A. 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 A.A. 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. 

General Education Requirements
Foundation courses    
  English foundation* 3
HE 205 Emergency Medical Responder (HLHF) 3
MA 116 Statistics   

OR

   
MA 180 Precalculus 3(4)
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts distribution 3
  Humanities distribution 3
  Arts or humanities distribution  3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution  3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution** 3
BI 107 Principles of Biology I  (NSLD) 4
BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I  (NSLD) 4
Program Requirements
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
HE 200 Introduction to Health Behaviors 3
PE 202 Principles and Practice of Health-Related Fitness 3
PE 154 Introduction to Exercise Science 1
PE 228 Group Fitness Instructor Training 3
PE 230 Advanced Weight Training:  Theory and Program Design
PE 237 Advanced Metabolic Assessment and Program Design
PE 250 Prevention and Treatment of Exercise Injuries 3
  Health Elective† † 3
Total credit hours  64-65

 

* EN 101 if needed for EN 102/109

** 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.  Students must check with departmental advisors for appropriate courses.

Program Outcomes for the Health Fitness A.A.

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

  • Define health and describe the dimensions of wellness and healthier lifestyles. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics as it relates to health and exercise programming
  • Demonstrate comprehension 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.
  • Describe and critique current theories of health protective behavior, help seeking behavior and behavior change.
  • Identify and utilize specific techniques to enhance motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic reinforcement and stages of motivational readiness.
  • Demonstrate ability of design and implement an appropriate health education program from  a needs assessment to program evaluation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and the ability to use the basic principles of exercise science in practical applications concerning all aspects of physical fitness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physiologic changes that occur throughout the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety plans, emergency procedures, and first aid techniques needed during fitness evaluations, exercise testing, and exercise training.
  • Demonstrate knowledge 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 including a health/medical history and a medical clearance prior to exercise participation, resting measures, body composition, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength and endurance, and flexibility.

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Aging Studies  (R): 600A
Arts and Sciences A.A.

Revised: Effective Semester Fall 2007

This A.A. track is designed to provide students with the skills and content area knowledge to promote healthy aging on the individual, community and global level.  The program is designed to prepare students for further studies in areas related to aging and also to provide individuals already working in the field with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and expertise.  In addition, this program also seeks to include interested individuals from the community who desire information which will allow them to age well and experience an improved quality of life.  Should the student desire to continue studies in aging, health education, or related fields, this track has been developed according to standards set by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education ensuring transferability of credits earned to member institutions.

 

General Education Requirements
Foundation courses    
EN 102 Critical Reading, Writing, and Research (ENGF)* 3
HE 101 Personal and Community Health  (HLHF) 3
  Mathematics foundation 3
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts distribution 3
  Humanities distribution 3
  Arts or humanities distribution 3
PY 102 General Psychology  (BSSD) 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (BSSD) 3
BI 107 Principles of Biology I  (NSLD) 4
CH 101 Principles of Chemistry I (suggested) (NSLD)  

OR

   
CH 109 A/B Chemistry and Society Laboratory (NSLD) 4
Program Requirements
BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HE 109 Personalized Health Fitness 3
HE 130 Introduction to Aging 3
HE 200 Introduction to Health Behaviors 3
HE 205 First Responder 3
HE 230 Health in the later Years 3
SO 210 Sociology of Age and Aging
Total credit hours  61

 

*Students should check prerequisites for EN 102.

Program Outcomes for the Arts & Sciences A.A. Degree -  Aging Studies

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

  • Define ageism and refute negative stereotypes associated with age and the aging process.
  • List and describe research methods commonly employed to study the process of human aging.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of career options available to individuals with credentials in the area of gerontology.
  • Describe current and predict future demographic trends in human aging worldwide and discuss the impact of these changes on quality of life.
  • Differentiate between true age-related and age-associated changes in human structure and function.
  • Identify and describe both normal and pathological changes in structure and function occurring with age.
  • List and analyze current biological theories of aging.
  • Analyze the relationship of current health related behaviors and lifestyle choices to future health and longevity.
  • Discuss the impact of work, retirement, and leisure on health status and quality of life for the aging population.
  • Analyze the impact of politics, economics and race/ethnicity on health status in the context of aging.
  • Describe the continuum of living arrangements and long term care options available to senior citizens today.
  • Discuss the impact of “end of life” issues such as assisted suicide, grief, and bereavement on the quality of life of the aging individual.
  • Recognize and describe the value of health education and health promotion for the elderly.
  • Analyze social changes and their influence on the process of aging.

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Health Education (R): 186
Arts and Sciences A.A.

Revised:  Effective Semester - Fall 2009

This A.A. 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.

 

General Education Requirements
Foundation courses    
EN 102 Critical Reading, Writing, and Research (ENGF) 3
HE 101 Personal and Community Health  (HLHF) 3
  Mathematics foundation 3
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts distribution 3
  Humanities distribution  3
  Arts or humanities distribution 3
PY 102 General Psychology  (BSSD) 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (BSSD) 3
BI 107 Principles of Biology I  (NSLD) 4
CH 101 Principles of Chemistry I  (NSLD)  

OR

   
CH 109 A/B Chemistry and Society Laboratory  (NSLD)†  4
Program Requirements
BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
HE 120 The Science and Theory of Health 3
HE 200 Introduction to Health Behaviors 3
  Health Electives‡ 8-9
Total credit hours  60-61

 

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

† If CH 109 is selected, both CH 109A and CH 109B must be taken.

‡ Students must consult with departmental adviser before selecting electives from HE or other categories. Select electives from HE 107, HE 108, HE 109, HE 111, HE 112, HE 130, HE 150, HE 202, HE 204, HE 205 and HE 230.

Program Outcomes for the Arts & Sciences A.A.  -  Health Education

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

  • Define health and describe the six dimensions of wellness.
  • Identify key events, documents, and individuals important to the profession and practice of health education.
  • Differentiate between health education, health promotion, and disease prevention.
  • Describe coordinated school health and evaluate its importance to the welfare of the individual student as well as the community.
  • Identify and describe appropriate setting for conducting health education interventions.
  • List, define, and utilize entry-level skills and abilities required of all health educations as defined by the Commission for Health Education Credentialing and the American
  • Association for Health Education.
  • Construct and conduct a health education needs assessment.
  • Design and implement an appropriate health education program based on needs assessment data.
  • Construct and conduct an evaluation of a health education program or intervention.
  • Describe current priorities and discuss future concerns to the profession and practice of health education.
  • Describe career opportunities in the field of health education and health promotion.
  • Comprehend the impact of individual health related behaviors on health status.
  • Describe the concept of risk and risk factors as related to development of acute and chronic illness.
  • Describe and critique current theories of health protective behavior, help seeking behavior and behavior change.
  • Evaluate personal attitudes and beliefs which may influence lifestyle choices and health status.
  • Demonstrate factual knowledge from content area electives including but not limited to: stress management, drugs, sexuality, nutrition, first aid/cpr, women’s health, and aging.

Advanced Personal Trainer Certificate (R): 191B

(formerly Personal Trainer Certificate - title change pending MHEC approval)

Revised:  Effective Semester - Spring 2012

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.

HE 108 Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness 3
HE 205 First Responder 3
PE 202 Principles and Practices of Health Related Fitness 3
PE 228 Group Exercise Leadership 3
PE 230 Advanced Weight Training:  Theory and Program Design 3
PE 237 Advanced Metabolic Assessment and Program Designs 3
PE 238 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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Personal Trainer Examination Letter of Recognition  821

New:  Effective Semester - Spring 2012

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.

 

HE 107 First Aid & CPR 2
HE 108 Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness 3
PE 183 Personal Fitness I 1
PE 202 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 A.A.

Revised:  Effective Semester - Spring 2013

This A.A. 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.

 

General Education Requirements
Foundation courses    
EN 102 Critical Reading, Writing, and Research (ENGF) 3
HE 101 Personal and Community Health (HLHF) 3
  Mathematics foundation 3
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts distribution* 3
  Arts or Humanities Distribution* 3
PY 102 General Psychology (BSSD) 3
  Humanities distribution* 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution (other than PY)‡  3
BI 107 Principles of Biology I  (NSLD) 4
BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I  (NSLD)
Program Requirements
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ED 102 Field Experience in Education 1
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing† 3
HE 108 Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness 3
HE 109 Personalized Health*  

OR

   
PE 202  Principles and Practices of Health Fitness* 3
PE 101 Badminton  

OR

   
PE 116 Tennis 1
PE 162 Soccer*  

OR

   
PE 169 Basketball* 1
PE 178 Weight Training Designs for Women*  

OR

   
PE 186 Strength Training and Conditioning I* 1
PE 183 Personal Fitness I 1
PE 195 Volleyball 1
PE 200 Foundation of Elementary School Physical Education 3
PE 203 Overview of Physical Education 3
PE 228 Group Fitness Instructor Training 3
Total credit hours  60-63

 

* Students should consult with an advisor regarding the requirements of transfer institutions..

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

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

Program Outcomes for the Arts & Sciences A.A. - Physical Education Teacher Education

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

  • Describe and apply physiological and biomechanical concepts related to skillful movement, physical activity and fitness.
  • Identify historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of physical education issues and legislation.
  • Analyze and correct elements of motor skills and performance concepts.
  • Demonstrate personal competence in motor skill performance for a variety of physical activities and movement patterns.
  • 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 that is 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.
  • Use appropriate assessments to evaluate student learning before, during, and after instruction.
  • Identify the professional organizations associated with our field and the role they play.

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