ATHLETIC TRAINING (ATHTR) and KINESIOLOGY (KINES)

275 Recreation Building, 814-863-0442, Fax: 814-863-7360

Nancy Williams, Department Head, 276 Recreation Building, 814-863-1163, niw1@psu.edu

Danielle Downs, Undergraduate Program Director, 268Q Recreation Building, 814-863-0456, dsd11@psu.edu

Elizabeth Myers, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493, elm122@psu.edu

Charlene Paquette, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493, clp27@psu.edu

Staci Schreiber, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493, svp102@psu.edu

Joelle Sherlock, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493, jps13@psu.edu

Kinesiology Home Page

Curriculum
University Faculty Senate Approved Curriculum
Recommended Academic Plan(s)
Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend in table form the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree. These tables serve several University purposes and assist multiple constituencies: students, advisers, departments, deans, registrars, admissions officers, and family members. The plans:
  • Identify normal academic progress, course offerings, and recommended course sequencing;
  • Assist students and advisers in planning academic schedules, registrars and departments in planning course offerings, and registrars and deans in determining when students should change campus;
  • Help students to anticipate the academic workload and courses needed to earn a degree, and to schedule appropriate prerequisites;
  • Serve as tools to help advisers learn the curriculum.

Semester scheduling recommendations for all baccalaureate majors can also be found in the University Bulletin.

Recommended Academic Plans - Kinesiology (KINES) and Athletic Training (ATHTR)
ATHTR Recommended Academic Plan (All Campuses)
KINES/FITSD Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
KINES/FITSD Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
KINES/MOVSC Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
KINES/MOVSC Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
KINES/PHETE Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
KINES/PHETE Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
Degree Audit
ATHTR Degree Audit
KINES FITSD Degree Audit
KINES MOVSC Degree Audit
KINES PHETE Degree Audit

Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program of study in the science of human movement and is designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas. Effective spring semester of 2011, a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with four options are offered: (1) Fitness Studies; (2) Movement Science; (3) Physical & Health Education Teacher Education; and(4)Exercise Science offered only at the Berks campus. Both majors and all options require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation, with the exception of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education, which requires 124 credits. Information about the majors and options can be found at www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergrad/index.html.

ATHLETIC TRAINING: This major provides a concentrated program of courses designed to prepare students for a career in the profession of athletic training. The major has been designed to meet the standards for certification by the National Athletic Trainers Association — Board of Certification and legal certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students are admitted into the program on a competitive basis following completion of prerequisite courses (see requirements for admission). Students also must meet the "Technical Standards for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Penn State University" related to the physical and psycho-emotional demands placed upon students in the major. Upon admission, students complete a 5-semester sequence of coursework and supervised clinical rotations. Students typically commit 200 to 300 hours to clinical practical experiences in each of the last 4 semesters of the program. The Technical Standards, course sequencing and prerequisite courses can all be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergrad/athletic_training.html or obtained through the Department of Kinesiology, 270 Recreation Building, University Park, PA 16802. Full course descriptions are found in the University Degree Programs Bulletin.

FITNESS STUDIES OPTION: The Department of Kinesiology will be closing the Fitness Studies Option effective Fall 2014. This option provides interdisciplinary training to develop healthy living skills. Coursework provides students with a knowledge base and practical skills to prepare them for careers in wellness professions, including corporate fitness, personal training, fitness management, youth and adult coaching, and community-based fitness programs. Students are encouraged to seek appropriate professional certification during the final two years of study, and may wish to consider a minor in the supporting fields of business, gerontology, nutrition, psychology, or sociology. After completion of this course of study graduates will be able to design and implement skill and age-appropriate fitness programs, or pursue advanced study in related fields.

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary training that utilizes movement for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and/or theoretical study. Coursework is designed to help prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields. The option can also prepare students for graduate studies in the health professions. Students may select supporting courses that will fulfill requirements for advanced study in scientific disciplines and a variety of professional areas such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and physician's assistant.

PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION OPTION: This option is designed to prepare students to become licensed K-12 Health and Physical Education teachers. The licensure certifies them to teach elementary, middle or high school Health and Physical Education. The program includes all the academic requirements for the Instructional I Certificate in these fields issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION (offered only at the Berks campus): This option is a program of study in the science of exercise. This program offers Kinesiology background and applied experience in fitness assessment, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor skill development, nutrition and healthy living skills. Graduates will be able to scientifically assess fitness levels of individuals. Analyzing those assessments, graduates will then be capable of designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs.

Students in the Business Emphasis can obtain a Business Minor through this program. Students acquire basic business skills in accounting, marketing, management and entrepreneurial skills. Students choosing the Movement Science Emphasis will select courses from a department list that will enhance their opportunity for graduate studies in Kinesiology-related fields, Physical Therapy and Medical schools.

The completion of the Exercise Science Option will enable graduates to compete for employment in the corporate fitness arena, private fitness clubs, community-based fitness organizations, hospital and university settings or possibly to operate their own health and fitness company.

Entrance to Major Requirements: Students are required to meet entrance to major criteria for the Athletic Training and Kinesiology majors, i.e. a minimum of 27.1 credits and at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average. Also, additional requirements for the Athletic Training major and Physical & Health Education Teacher Education option must be met. Information about these requirements is given on the pages that follow.

KINES INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

All majors/options have a number of practica that are goal specific. For Athletic Training, there are five practica that involve increasing responsibility in working with our intramural, club, intercollegiate, and local high school athletes. The Movement Science and Fitness Studies options have three practica that begin as observations and culminate in a relevant capstone experience (depending on career goal). Physical & Health Education Teacher Education also has three practica, with the final internship being student teaching. First Aid and CPR certification are required for the Physical & Health Education Teacher Education and the Fitness Studies options. Relocation away from the University Park campus is generally necessary for student teaching and may be necessary for the practica in other options.

Internship experiences are an essential, integral aspect of the ATHTR and KINES majors. The sequencing, prerequisites, and the appropriate scheduling pattern for internship courses must be followed. Brief descriptions of the practica required in each major/option follow. Students must secure the course application and/or information from the appropriate person no later than the semester indicated. This information is typically posted on the department bulletin board outside of 270 Recreation Building.

Athletic Training (ATHTR)

Each internship is completed in a university, college, high school, or clinical athletic training facility under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers. As students progress through the practica, they assume increased responsibility and perform more involved tasks.

KINES 231 (2 credits), Athletic Training Clinical Practice I: This semester-long internship is an introductory practical experience in the athletic training room. It involves observation of a professional athletic trainer and his/her duties. The student is introduced to the day-to-day functions of the training room, record keeping, evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. Students are assigned to the internship by the program director of athletic training. This is a laboratory fee-based course. Prerequisites or concurrent: KINES 135, KINES 202, and KINES 233.

KINES 232 (3 credits), Athletic Training Clinical Practice II: This semester-long internship involves practical experience working under the supervision of certified athletic trainers who provide health care services for: 1) collegiate intramural, club, and varsity sport athletes, and/or 2) physically active patients in outpatient physical therapy clinics. Responsibilities include performing clinical skills related to the prevention, evaluation, management, and documentation of injuries under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers. To schedule this internship a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: Admitted to ATHTR major. Concurrent: KINES 334.

KINES 395F (3 credits), Practicum in Athletic Training: This semester-long practicum involves practical experience working with intramural sports under supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Responsibilities include administering basic first aid to injured participants and record keeping. To schedule this practicum a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: KINES 232.
Concurrent: KINES 335, 434.

KINES 395G (3 credits), Internship in Athletic Training: This semester-long internship involves practical experience working under the supervision of certified athletic trainers who provide health care services for: 1) collegiate intramural, club, and varsity sport athletes, 2) high school athletes, and/or 3) physically active patients in outpatient physical therapy clinics. Responsibilities include performing clinical skills related to the prevention, evaluation, management, and documentation of injuries under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. To schedule this internship a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: KINES 395F. Concurrent: KINES 336, 435, 436.

KINES 395I (3 credits), Internship in Athletic Training: In this internship the student works directly under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer and is assigned to either: 1) a specific intercollegiate athletic team or teams, or 2) affiliated high school or college athletic teams. Responsibilities include performing clinical skills related to the prevention, evaluation, management, and documentation of injuries on a daily basis under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Additional experience working with physicians or other allied health professionals also may be required. To schedule this internship a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: KINES 395G.
Concurrent: KINES 438W.

KINES 495F (3 credits), Field Internship in Athletic Training: In this culminating internship the student works directly under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer and is assigned to either: 1) a specific intercollegiate athletic team or teams, or 2) affiliated high school or college athletic teams. Responsibilities include performing clinical skills related to the prevention, evaluation, management, and documentation of injuries on a daily basis under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Additional experience working with physicians or other allied health professionals may also be required. To schedule this internship a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: KINES 395I.

Fitness Studies and Movement Science Options

KINES 295B (1 credit), Career Information/Observational Experiences: Fitness Studies and Movement Science; Coordinator: Sharon Krimmel. This beginning internship is the first of three practica that expose students to general and specific career information and observational experiences related to the Kinesiology field. There are both classroom and out-of-class activities required for this course. Students should register for KINES 295B the semester they plan to complete the course.

KINES 395B (1 credit), Leadership Internship: Movement Science and Fitness Studies; Coordinator: Lori Gravish. This second of three internship courses, done under the supervision of a fitness instructor, strength and conditioning coach, wellness coordinator, researcher or physical therapist, etc., enables the student to have an introduction to a hands-on, leadership experience in the fitness/wellness/allied health field for a minimum of 30 hours. The coordinator and internship supervisor will decide additional hours and/or a project. Waiver of this course is possible based on previous experience. Waivers must be completed before registering for the course or within the first two weeks of the semester the student would otherwise register the course.

KINES 495B (6 credits), Field and/or Research Internship: Movement Science or Fitness Studies; Coordinator: Clarence Stoner. With approval of the internship coordinator, this culminating experience is designed by the student to be appropriate for the option and the student's goals. Internship application and plan should be approved no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the internship. Procedures and guidelines should be obtained from 270 Recreation Building at least one full semester prior to beginning the internship. Pre-internship information meetings are scheduled and announced each semester. It is possible to register additional internship credits, KINES 495D, (1-6 credits) for students who wish to extend their commitment beyond 6 credits/240 hours.

Physical & Health Education Teacher Education Option

KINES 295A (1 credit), Observation of Health and Physical Education in the Public Schools: (A 3-day introductory, observational experience in the public schools to be completed during the sophomore spring semester.) This internship may be completed in January prior to the beginning of the spring semester or during the week of spring break (March). A request form must be obtained from the KINES Undergraduate Program Office in 275 Recreation Building. KINES 295A is offered/registered only in the spring semester. To maintain normal progress toward graduation, students must be enrolled in KINES 295A during their sophomore spring semester.

KINES 395A (1 credit), Leadership Internship for Teachers: A laboratory course emphasizing lesson planning and supervised teaching experiences in Pre-K-12th grade physical education which should be completed as part of Block 3 of the PHETE Block Scheduling Plan.

KINES 495A (12 credits), Internship in Student Teaching: A culminating experience in the public schools; eligibility for student teaching requires: (1) a minimum grade of "C" in all courses required for the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education option; (2) completion of the specified prerequisites; (3) submission of an application for student teaching to the coordinator's office; (4) acceptance into the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education option. Additional special requirements and prerequisites for KINES 495A may be found in the latest edition of the Baccalaureate Degree Programs Bulletin. (Applications are available from the Kinesiology website.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Selection of Major/Option

The selection of an intended major or major/option must be made at the time of entrance to the major. After this initial selection, students wishing to change to another option must request this change through the respective procedures. Students who change from one major/option to another must fully understand that additional semesters of registration may be necessitated by this change. Therefore, it is essential that a student of junior-senior classification or above first discuss the proposed change of major/option with his/her adviser, who will review the student's academic record in relation to the major/option requirements to determine the feasibility of this change. If approved, the change must be processed officially by the Kinesiology Undergraduate Programs Office.

Relocation to University Park

Students headed toward the KINES major should relocate to the University Park campus after completion of four full-time semesters (depending on the Kinesiology courses available at the campus). Earlier relocation to University Park is possible if a student is unable to make normal progress toward the degree because the requisite courses are not available at the student's campus location. To delay relocation beyond this time endangers a student's progress in fulfilling requirements for entrance to the major and/or option and in making normal progress within the selected degree program. It is emphasized that KINES students must fulfill these requirements and be accepted into a major before reaching fifth semester classification in order to continue registration as degree candidates in the college. A college "hold" preventing future registrations as an HHD student is automatically filed with the Registrar's office for degree candidates who have not gained entrance to the major following the fourth semester.

Course Scheduling Tips

Because there are program-essential courses for KINES, Recommended Academic Plans are provided on the following pages, specific to each major/option. The plans have been developed to assist students and advisers, and consider 1) course requirements for normal progress within each major/option and 2) the availability of courses at the respective campuses. Questions related to departure from the academic plans for KINES should be directed to the Campus College Contact and Referral Representative.

Athletic Training Admission Requirements

The following requirements for admission to the Athletic Training major are in addition to those for entrance to the Kinesiology major:

  1. Submission of written application to take KINES 231 and 233. You may also contact the Department of Kinesiology Advising Office, 270 Recreation Building, University Park, PA, 16802, for an application.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. GPA of 3.0 or higher in the following courses: KINES 135 (3), 202 (4), 231 (3), and 233 (3).
  4. Completion of an entrance interview with Athletic Training Program Director or designee.
  5. Evidence of ability to meet the physical and psycho-emotional standards as outlined in the "Technical Standards for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Penn State University" or by contacting the Department of Kinesiology Advising Office, 270 Recreation Building, University Park, PA, 16802.

Other Athletic Training Notes:

NOTE: Students are admitted to the Athletic Training major on a competitive, space-available basis. Admission to the major is not guaranteed despite successful completion of the prerequisites. Upon admission to the major, students complete a 5 semester sequence of course work and supervised clinical rotations. Students typically commit a minimum of 200-300 hours to practicum experiences in each of the last 4 semesters of the program.

It is recommended that students apply for admission as soon as Athletic Training is identified as a possible goal in order to meet the sequence of course requirements, as there is a waiting list for admission to the major. This should be done as soon as possible for students at all Penn State locations. Applications can be downloaded from the links at the top of this page, obtained from the Undergraduate Program Office (276 Recreation Building) at University Park, or from the HHD College Contact and Referral Representative at each campus location.

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and universities will have their transcripts evaluated after acceptance to Penn State to identify those courses and credits that will be applied to completion of degree requirements. Course work specific to the Athletic Training major will not be considered for transfer unless completed in an Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited athletic training education program and approved by the program director.

Students interested in the Athletic Training major should contact:

Athletic Training Office
Department of Kinesiology
276 Recreation Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-0442

Physical & Health Education Teacher Education Option

This option prepares teachers for K-12 Health and Physical Education. It includes all the academic requirements for the Instructional I Certificate in these subjects issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, graduates are prepared for alternative careers as teachers in private business or program directors in agency or club settings.

  1. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0
  2. Passing scores in PECT PAPA Tests for Reading, Writing and Mathematics NOTE: If you took any of the PRAXIS I exams for Reading, Writing and Mathematics prior to April 2, 2012, please see a Kinesiology adviser.
  3. Completion of an education core: EDPSY 014 and EDTHP 115
  4. An early field experience preferably in a diverse setting (one with at least 25% underrepresented students) for KINES majors this is KINES 295A
  5. 6 credits of required course work in the teaching field with a grade of C or higher for KINES majors: KINES 141 and 180
  6. ENGL 015 or 030
  7. 6 credits of Quantification (GQ)
  8. 3 credits of Literature from the approved list
  9. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits
  10. Documented evidence showing completion of at least 80 hours of paid or volunteer work in a setting with an age-appropriate population, including a minimum of 40 hours of work with the majority of the youth from an underrepresented group, a mentally or physically challenged group, or a group different from the student's own background
  11. Approval by the PHETE Entrance to Option Coordinator

Independent Study

KINES 296 and 496 Independent study is an option for students who wish to pursue research/creative projects to augment their regular coursework. Independent study credit (up to 3 credits) can only be applied toward degree requirements in the Movement Science and Fitness Studies Options. A faculty member acts as a mentor for the student as she/he completes the study. A student who wishes to enroll for KINES 296 or 496 must file a written proposal for the independent study and have it approved by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator prior to registering. Proposal forms may be obtained from the Advising Center in 270 Recreation Building, or the program office in 275 Recreation Building.

  1. Discuss the proposal with the faculty member selected to supervise the study.
  2. If the faculty member agrees to serve as the study adviser, complete the proposal form and obtain the necessary approval signatures.
  3. Submit the form to the program office and, upon approval, register for the course through the Kinesiology Advising Center for the approved number of credits.

The Individual Program of Study: 30 Credits

Within limits, any combination of courses is possible. The criteria used to determine the acceptability of the proposed program are that (1) the courses selected are the best available in the university for attaining stated career goals and that (2) there is a balance of depth and breadth in the pertinent disciplines. Inquiries about potential Individual Programs of Study should be addressed to Dr. Mark Dyreson, 266 Recreation Building.

KINESIOLOGY AND POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

Athletic Training and Kinesiology Career Paths

Fitness Studies Option

Prerequisites for New Curriculum

Movement Science Option

Prerequisites for New Curriculum

Campus Advising Notes Related to Physical Therapy

Physical & Health Education Teacher Education Option

Prerequisites for New Curriculum

Campus Advising Notes Related to PHETE

Athletic Training

Prerequisites for New Curriculum

Athletic Training Major

Athletic Training Application and Advising Worksheet

Campus Advising Notes Related to ATHTR

Course Scheduling Pattern of Offerings (scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester)
Students may need to make schedule adjustments to accommodate special circumstances. However, the Block Scheduling plan (last 4 semesters) must be preserved.

COURSE FALL SPRING SUMMER
#BIOL 141 X X X
KINES 141 X X X
KINES 180 X X X
#KINES 202 X X X
KINES 321 X X X
KINES 345 X X
KINES 350 X X X
KINES 360 X X X
KINES 384 X X X
KINES 165 X X
KINES 261 (Block 1) X X
KINES 262 (Block 1) X X
KINES 264 (Block 1) X X
KINES 266 (Block 1) X X
KINES 268 Block 1) X X
KINES 295A X
KINES 362 (Block 2) X X
KINES 364 (Block 2) X X
KINES 366 (Block 2) X X
KINES 395A (Block 3) X X
#KINES 445 X X X
KINES 464 (Block 3) X X
#KINES 468 (Block 3) X X
KINES 466 (Block 3) X X
KINES 469W (Block 3) X X
KINES 495A (Block 4) X X
EDPSY 010 X X X
EDPSY 014 X X X
EDTHP 115 X X X
BB H 146 X X X
#NUTR 251 X X X
SPLED 400 X X X
# Sometimes available via Continuing Education