Students may pursue major and minor programs offered in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies that will prepare them both for entry-level professional careers and graduate study in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training and Public Health.
Exercise Science borrows from many parent disciplines in the natural and social sciences in order to understand the phenomenon of exercise and human movement activities, ranging from sport training to injury rehabilitation. Graduates typically work in corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitations, YMCA’s, community recreation programs, commercial health clubs, and other settings. Other graduates have entered graduate programs in physical therapy, nutrition, athletic training, occupational therapy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. A major and minor are offered in this area.
Graduates of the majors offered in the Kinesiology and Health Science department will demonstrate:
- a basic understanding of the physiological, anatomical, and mechanical foundations of movement;
- the skills associated with planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate fitness programs;
- the fundamental understanding of behavior as it applies to adherence to exercise/fitness;
- the knowledge and skills associated with assessing emergency health conditions requiring first aid and/or CPR;
- the knowledge and physical skills associated with health-related fitness activities;
- a basic understanding of research techniques and tools used in the field of Kinesiology and Health.
(B.S. degree) Forty-nine to Fifty hours required. The Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training is offered to students who desire to either enter the work environment or to pursue graduate education in this field. Certified Athletic Trainers work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician and perform a wide variety of services to the physically active population. Their core responsibilities include:
- injury/illness prevention and recognition
- clinical evaluation and diagnosis of injury/illness
- immediate care of injury/illness
- treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of injury/illness
- organization and administration and
- professional responsibility.
Certified Athletic Trainers are employed in such settings as high schools, colleges and universities, orthopedic clinics, professional sports, industrial settings, and physicians’ offices. This program will require some off campus travel to various clinical sites. Successful completion of this program will allow the student to be eligible for the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification. Students interested in this major should contact the Athletic Training Program Director for more information and other requirements regarding this program.
Major KHS courses for the major include: KHS 185, KHS 216, KHS 271, KHS 273, KHS 275, KHS 277, KHS 279, KHS 285, KHS 287, KHS 304, KHS 306, KHS 320, KHS 322, KHS 390, KHS 395, KHS 403, KHS 407, KHS 423, and KHS 450 (42 credit hours). As well, allied courses required for this major include: BIO 100 (3 credit hours) or BIO 111 (4 credit hours); and PSY 211 (3 credit hours) or MAT 111 (3 credit hours).
Formal admission into the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is required. The student must complete the application process in order to be considered for admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. The formal application process for the major consists of:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
- Completion of the 7 credit hours of pre-requisites (KHS 185 and KHS 304 with a B or above;
- Fulfillment and documentation of at least 50 hours of direct observation with the certified athletic trainers employed at Georgetown College;
- Current CPR and First Aid certification (Note: this may be accomplished through completion of KHS 180 or an outside organization such as American Red Cross);
- Completion of a formal student portfolio consisting in part of resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation;
- Completion of a formal interview with the ATEP Admissions Committee.
Those interested in the Athletic Training Education Program at Georgetown College may begin the prerequisite courses for the program during their first semester.
Formal admission into the Athletic Training Education Program is granted beginning the spring semester of the student’s second year. Completion of the application process does not guarantee admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Admission is granted on a competitive basis. Students not accepted into the Athletic Training Education Program may continue their education in another major of the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department and reapply to ATEP the following application cycle.
Students with any deficiencies in the above criteria may be admitted at the discretion of the Athletic Training Education Program Admissions Committee. For a more detailed description of the complete requirements of the Athletic Training major, please contact the ATEP Program Director.
Georgetown College’s educational program in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). For course descriptions, please see Kinesiology and Health Studies.