The Department of Sport & Exercise Science

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Assistant Professor Bryan Minnich, Chair

Sport & Exercise Science Course Descriptions

Sport and Exercise Science Department Mission Statement

The Department of Sport and Exercise Science is committed to educate, mentor, and guide students, faculty, and the community in the development of personal growth, skill acquisition, and lifelong wellness.

The Department of Sport and Exercise Science offers majors in exercise science--corporate fitness and wellness emphasis, exercise science—personal training emphasis, exercise science—pre physical therapy emphasis, sports management, athletic training, and physical education teacher (K-12).  Certification for teaching health at the secondary level also may be obtained either in conjunction with the physical education teaching major or in conjunction with another teaching area.  Minors are available in Health, Health Teacher certification, Athletic Coaching certification, SPES, Outdoor Recreation, and Sports Management.

In addition to the professional programs, cooperative programs, and graduate school preparation, the department also offers a service program for the liberal studies requirement.

Department Majors

The department offers undergraduate work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.  A minimum of 126 hours is required for the degree, including the appropriate Liberal Studies Program and all major requirements. A minimum of 46-79 credit hours are required for a major.

A student may choose from six programs.  They include the following:

-        Exercise Science:  Corporate Fitness and Wellness Emphasis
-        Exercise Science:  Personal Training Emphasis
-        Exercise Science:  Pre Physical Therapy Emphasis
-        Physical Education Teacher (PreK-12)
-        Sports Management
-        Athletic Training

ATHLETIC TRAINING MAJOR

The department offers undergraduate work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training. The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). A minimum of 126 hours is required for the degree, including the appropriate Liberal Studies Program and all major requirements. A minimum of 65 Credit Hours are required for a major in athletic training.

The Athletic Training Education Program at Kansas Wesleyan University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the student enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Education Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). All students admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program must meet the abilities and expectations identified in the Athletic Training Student Handbook or the University’s Athletic Training Education Program’s Website. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation the student will not be admitted into the program.

Athletic Training Education Program admissions for sophomore applications must be completed by December 15th in order to be admitted into the program for the following semester and must meet the following requirements.

  1. Complete 40 documented observation hours of the Athletic Training Education Program.
  2. Complete SPES 120 Personal & Community Health, SPES 148 First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer, SPES 256 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, SPES 258 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience, SPES 443 Kinesiology, and BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, with a minimum of a “C” letter grade in each.
  3. Each Pre-Athletic Training Student will interview with the Program Director, Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainers and a Senior Athletic Trainer prior to entrance into the athletic training program.  The ATEP interview committee has the final approval with regards to the athletic training student being admitted into the athletic training education program

Pre-Athletic Training Students may appeal a decision to the ATEP committee in writing within two weeks or receiving formal letter denoting a denied admittance decision into the ATEP.  The appeal letter will be sent to the chair of the SPES Department, and to the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science.  The Chair of the SPES Department and the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science will then make the final decision in writing to the Pre-Athletic Training Student in response to the appeal within two weeks 

Athletic Training Education Program admissions for transfer applications must be completed by December 15th in order to be admitted into the program for the following semester and must meet the following requirements.

  1. Complete 40 documented observation hours of the Athletic Training Education Program.
  2. Complete SPES 120 Personal & Community Health, SPES 148 First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer, SPES 256 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, SPES 258 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience, SPES 443 Kinesiology, and BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, with a minimum of a “C” letter grade in each.
  3. Each Pre-Athletic Training Student will interview with the Program Director, Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainers and a Senior Athletic Trainer prior to entrance into the athletic training program.  The ATEP interview committee has the final approval with regards to the athletic training student being admitted into the athletic training education program

Pre-Athletic Training Students may appeal a decision to the ATEP committee in writing within two weeks or receiving formal letter denoting a denied admittance decision into the ATEP.  The appeal letter will be sent to the chair of the SPES Department, and to the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science.  The Chair of the SPES Department and the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science will then make the final decision in writing to the Pre-Athletic Training Student in response to the appeal within two weeks. 

ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION PROGRAM
TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION

The Athletic Training Education Program at Kansas Wesleyan University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the student while applying or being enrolled in the ATEP.  An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.  The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Education Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the programs accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training [CAATE]).  The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program.  In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation the student will not be admitted into the program or will be removed from the ATEP.  Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Education Program must demonstrate:

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to
  3. perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  4. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively.
  5. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  6. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  7. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high   stress.
  8. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  9. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  10. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training education program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

The Kansas Wesleyan University Academic Dean will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the education process of the student of the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

Alternative statement for students requesting accommodations.

ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Kansas Wesleyan University Athletic Training Education Program is to prepare athletic training students to enter the allied health care profession and to provide a setting in which faith and learning is integrated.

The athletic training student enrolled in classroom, clinical instruction and clinical field experience will be prepared for and exposed to the following program goals:

  1. The athletic training education program’s faculty shall strive to stay current on athletic training topics, allowing the best relay of new information within the field of athletic training.
  2. The athletic training education program will incorporate positive learning in clinical field experience for all its athletic training students.
  3. The athletic training student will be prepared to effective recognize and implement risk management and injury prevention.
  4. The athletic training student will be prepared to effectively recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries.
  5. The athletic training student will be prepared to effectively recognize immediate care of injuries and illnesses.
  6. The athletic training student will be prepared to effective recognize and rehabilitate athletic injuries.
  7. The athletic training student will be prepared to effectively recognize the importance of health care administration.
  8. The athletic training student will be prepared to recognize the importance of professional development and responsibility.