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Edward Hebert, Department Head
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies offers 5 undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion, Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education Grades K-12, Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (with concentrations in Exercise Science and Fitness and Human Performance). The undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science concentration) is designed for students who desire to pursue graduate study for a career in physical therapy. The department also offers a master's degree in Health and Kinesiology, with concentrations in Exercise Science, Health Studies, Health Promotion & Exercise Science, and Kinesiology. Sport and fitness activity classes (KINL prefix) are available to all students. Students in majors other than those in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department are recommended to take 100-level KINL courses because of their lifetime emphasis.
Students majoring in degrees in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department may be required to participate in a drug screening program and/or submit information for criminal background checks as part of clinical/internship requirements.
Undergraduate degrees in Health Education and Promotion, Sport Management, and Kinesiology culminate with a senior internship course during which students engage in practical experience in field-based sites. Prerequisites for all students include: (1) a cumulative or degree GPA of 2.0 or higher, (2) a grade of "C" or higher in all indicated courses, (3) completion of specific prerequisite courses for the major, and (4) a maximum of 6 hours remaining to complete the degree. Courses remaining to complete the degree must be taken in conjunction with internship. The senior internship is an unpaid field experience, typically in the area surrounding Hammond (e.g., Baton Rouge, Covington, Mandeville, New Orleans). Out-of-region/state internships are allowed in specific cases. During the semester prior to graduation, students begin preparation for the senior internship. This includes applying for the senior internship, identifying potential internship sites, and completing a series of required tasks, including providing information and payment for a criminal background check using an agency specified by the department. Internship sites must be approved by the department. Deadlines are established for required tasks, including site identification and the completion of a contract between the department and the site. If an internship site has not been approved and a contract completed by the deadline for such, students are required to select a site for which a current contract exists. All students must attend an internship orientation session, usually scheduled during the week prior to the start of the semester, and participate in a drug screening program during the internship. Additional information and prerequisites for each degree/concentration are provided below.
BS in Health Education and Promotion: Prerequisites for HS 410 are all required Health Studies, Nursing, and Family and Consumer Sciences courses in the degree.
BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science concentration): Prerequisite courses for this concentration are KIN 321, 372, 392, 424 or 434, and 436. If the internship is in a Cardiac Rehabilitation site, both KIN 424 and 434 must be completed prior to KIN 410.
BS in Kinesiology (Fitness and Human Performance concentration): Prerequisite courses for this concentration are KIN 321, 326, 372, 392, 424 or 434, 426, and 436. If the internship is in a Cardiac Rehabilitation site, both KIN 424 and 434 must be completed prior to KIN 410.
BS in Sport Management: Prerequisites for this degree are KIN 332, 333, 366, 380, 406, and 451; FIN 381; MGMT 351.
The department also offers an upper-division honors curriculum allowing its students to earn an honors diploma in each major at graduation.
Certified Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and athletes. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a healthcare profession. The Athletic Training Program (ATP) in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of the ATP is to provide a comprehensive and progressive educational and clinical foundation to prepare the graduate for a career in athletic training. Through exposure to and participation in the didactic and clinical education program, the athletic training student becomes competent and proficient in the following content areas of athletic training:
Athletic Training Selective Admission, Progression, and Retention Policy
Admission into Southeastern Louisiana University does not guarantee admission into the clinical progression portion of the ATP. Competitive admission is based on the applicant's academic history, athletic training and/or relevant experiences, letters of recommendation, completion of a minimum of 85 hours of observation of athletic training, and results of personal interview. Ongoing assessments determine appropriateness for dismissal, probation, retention, or completion.
Students are admitted into the clinical progression portion of the ATP as a cohort starting each Spring semester. Students seeking admission into the clinical progression portion of the ATP do so through a formal application. Students must attend an orientation meeting at the beginning of Fall semester before starting observation hours. Applications must be submitted to the ATP office or other designated location by October 15. Students will be notified of their status regarding acceptance into the clinical progression portion of the program prior to the end of the Fall semester.
To be eligible for admission into the clinical progression portion of the ATP, students must have a cumulative or degree GPA of 2.5 or higher, and completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher:
|Southeastern 101 (2 hours)||Mathematics 161 (3 hours)|
|General Biology 151/152 (4 hours)||Mathematics 162, 163, or 241 (3 hours)|
|Chemistry 101/103 or 121/123 (4 hours)||Health Studies 133 (3 hours)|
|Zoology 250/252 (4 hours)||Athletic Training 141 (3 hours)|
|Psychology 101 (3 hours)|
|English 101 (3 hours)|
|English 102 (3 hours)|
Other courses recommended for completion prior to clinical progression course work are: Communication 211; English 230, 231, or 232; History Elective; Family and Consumer Sciences 342.
Zoology 251/253 must be taken prior to form acceptance into ATP or during the first semester of Clinical Progression.
NOTES: (1) Southeastern 101 is not required of transfer or readmitted Southeastern students with 30 hours or more. Those students will replace Southeastern 101 with 2 hours of free electives. (2) If Zoology 251/253 is not completed prior to admission, it must be completed during the first semester of clinical progression course work.
Through the application and interview process, candidates should demonstrate:
The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, athletes, and fellow AT students, faculty and staff, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds.
Sufficient neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to accurately perform appropriate physical skills safely and efficiently, as well as use equipment and materials during the evaluation and treatment of patients and athletes.
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.
Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
Other Program Requirements
Only those candidates that have been formally selected to the clinical progression portion of the ATP will be permitted to take the following clinical progression courses. Clinical progression courses are offered in a sequential order.
|1st Semester||2nd Semester||3rd Semester||4th Semester||5th Semester|
|ATHT 206||ATLB 303||ATLB 317||ATHT 420||ATHT 425|
|ATLB 217||ATHT 305||ATHT 340||ATHT 455||ATHT 466|
|ATHT 241||ATLB 300||ATHT 333||ATHT 462||ATHT 410|
|ATLB 244||ATHT 372||ATLB 344|
|ATHT 205||ATLB 370||ATLB 304|
Other courses to complete the degree of B.S. in Athletic Training include:
It is required that all students admitted to the ATP receive a physical examination from a licensed and qualified health care professional prior to the start of the first clinical progression course. Students must also demonstrate proof of current immunizations (measles, mumps and rubella [MMR], Hepatitis B and TB skin test). An annual TB skin test is required of all AT students enrolled in clinical progression courses. Students enrolled in the clinical progression portion of the ATP are also required to maintain CPR certification for the duration of the degree (American Red Cross-Professional Rescuer of American Heart Association-Healthcare Provider). Upon acceptance into the program, students are responsible for the fee associated with completing a criminal background check using the college's approved provider.
Athletic Training Lab Fee:
Students admitted to the formal progression of the ATP are assessed lab fees in each semester not to exceed $140. Fees are used for supplies, maintenance of equipment, student drug testing, and other costs associated with the program.
Field Experience Transportation:
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites.
Retention Procedure and Policy
After students have been formally accepted into the clinical progression portion of the ATP:
Students pursing the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology select from two concentrations: Exercise Science or Fitness and Human Performance. Graduation requirements of this degree include a 2.0 GPA and earning a grade of "C" or better in all major courses plus courses in mathematics, English, and the sciences.
This degree will includes course work and internship experiences to prepare individuals for employment in community and worksite health institutions, agencies and organizations. Graduates will be prepared with the skills and competencies of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
It is strongly recommended that students meet with KHS department advisor before starting on the minor. Twenty-four hours in Health Studies are required for a minor in Health Promotion. Fifteen of these hours must be in 300-or-400 level courses
The following courses are required to complete this minor:
|††Health Studies (3 hours)||††Health Studies 453 (3 hours)|
|††Health Studies 312 or 362 (3 hours)||††Health Studies 454 (3 hours)|
|††Health Studies 320 (3 hours)||††Health Studies Electives (9 hours)|
Health Studies Electives must be selected from: HS 162, 251, 252, 260, 312, 331, 351, 360, 362, 401, 430, or 439. FCS 342 or 411 may be used as one of the elective courses.
††Grade of "C" or higher is required
Certification is required in Physical Education Teacher Education and the completion of the courses listed below.
††Special Education 200 or 300 (3 hours)
††Kinesiology Education 431 (3 hours)
††Kinesiology 321 or 612 (3 hours)
Total - 9 hours
In addition to basic certification, specialized Adapted Physical Education certification requires a minimum of 12 semester hours.
|††Kinesiology 491 or 591 (3 hours)||††Kinesiology 493 or 593 (3 hours)|
|††Kinesiology 492 or 592 (3 hours)||††Kinesiology 494 or 594 (3 hours)|
††A grade of "C" or better is required.
It is strongly recommended that students meet with KHS department advisor before starting on the minor in Athletic Coaching. The following courses are required to complete this minor:
|††Health Studies 131 (2 hours)||††Kinesiology 300, 366, or 380 (3 hours)|
|††Kinesiology Lab 214 (1 hour)||Two courses selected from:|
|††Kinesiology 235 (3 hours)||††Kinesiology 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 (6 hours)|
|††Kinesiology 251, 321, 334, or 436 (3 hours)|
††Grade of "C" or better is required
Students not majoring in Kinesiology may elect to minor in Exercise Science. It is strongly recommended that students meet with KHS department advisor before starting on the minor in Exercise Science. The following courses are required to complete this minor:
|††Kinesiology 321 (1 hour)||††Kinesiology 426 (3 hours)|
|††Kinesiology 372 (5 hours)||††Kinesiology 424 or 434 (3 hours)|
|††Kinesiology 392 (3 hours)||††Kinesiology 436 (3 hours)|
††Grade of "C" or better is required
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