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Rick Swalm, Undergraduate Coordinator
(215) 204-8713

Shawn Gomer, Undergraduate Adviser
(215) 204-1953

The undergraduate program in physical education leading to the Bachelor of Science degree requires students to do course work in three broad areas: the university core curriculum, the discipline of human movement, and a professional application track o r advanced study in the discipline of human movement.

The university core curriculum is divided into 10 categories (i.e., intellectual heritage, composition and writing, individual and society, foreign language/international studies, quantitative analysis, arts, American culture, studies in race, science and technology, and library orientation). Even though there are numerous courses which can be taken to meet these requirements, the department requires anatomy and physiology (PE C0100 and C0101) for the science and technology requirement and both introdu ction to sociology (SOC C050) and introduction to psychology (PSY C050) for the individual and society requirement. All university core courses must be completed with a minimum C- grade in order to count toward graduation.

The discipline of human movement includes a group of core courses (PE 0001, 0202-0206) which deals with the intellectual, physical, social, psychological, and philosophical factors which influence and are influenced by human beings as they move. In add ition to the core courses, students are required to satisfy a forms of movement competency requirement, which consists of developing knowledge and skills in a broad spectrum of movement activities (i.e., aquatics, fitness, survival, and lifestyle).

The professional application tracks allow students to concentrate their studies in one of five areas (i.e., athletic training, exercise science/wellness, teacher education (PHETE), pre-allied health, and human movement studies). Students select the tra ck which satisfies their professional goals.

Athletic Training (AT) prepares students to serve as athletic trainers. An athletic trainer is a qualifies allied health professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with the physically active, to include t he athlete. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other athletic health care settings. Through this cooperative relationship, the athletic trainer helps develop and coordinate an efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery system.

The athletic trainerís professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following domains: prevention, recognition and evaluation, management/treatment and disposition, rehabilitation, organization and admini stration, and education and counseling. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and clinical experiences, the athletic trainer is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the domains.

Course work and fieldwork in athletic training rooms and/or sports medicine centers prepare the student to sit for the certification examination of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and be eligible for certification as an athletic trai ner in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP). Admission into the program is competitive. In addition to pre-admission course work and fieldwork require ments, applicants must: demonstrate via physical examination that they can meet the established written technical standards of the program, show evidence of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Standard First Aid certifications, and successfull y complete PE 241 and PE 242 at Temple University.

Exercise Science/Wellness deals with a variety of health-related fitness issues. Successful graduates practice primarily in the field of preventive and rehabilitative exercise programming within business and industry, YMCAs, health clubs, hospital well ness centers, rehabilitation centers, and adult fitness programs. The Exercise Science/Wellness program holds to a general wellness philosophy while meeting the standards recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Teacher education is the major focus of the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) track. This concentration prepares students to teach physical and health education in public and private schools (grades K through 12). The PHETE progra m integrates academic preparation with field work experiences each semester culminating in a dual level (secondary and elementary) full semester student teaching experience. Course work in discipline specific content, methods of teaching, assessment and e valuation, educational psychology, educational foundations, cultural diversity and adapted activities, and administration all help teacher education students assume their roles as competent teachers in todayís society. Admission into the PHETE program tak es place after the sophomore year upon completing the pre-admission course work, two in-school teaching experiences, the first two parts of the core battery of the National Teachers Exam (general knowledge and communication) and an interview with the PHET E faculty. All PHETE and Health Science courses must be completed with a minimum B- grade in order to count toward certification. Upon completion of the program, and after passing the National Teachers Examinations, graduates will be licensed to teach by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pre-Allied Health is a program of study designed for students interested in preparing for a master's degree in allied health professions. Students study human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning as well as various forms of movement . Students also complete a standard set of physical therapy prerequisite courses while completing their undergraduate degrees in exercise science or human movement studies.

Human Movement Studies is a general degree program which includes an overview of the discipline of human movement but not a professional emphasis. Students choose an expanded liberal arts background or use electives to design their own programs. Sports journalism, sport psychology, and health-fitness promotion are examples of possible programs.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

All students must complete 1-4 below:

  1. University Core Curriculum Courses (35-40 s.h.)
  2. Human Movement Core Courses - PE 0001, 0202-0206 (20 s.h.)
  3. Forms of Movement Courses - PE 0008-0099, 0270, 0280 (6-10 s.h.)
  4. Advanced Experience, Track, and Elective Courses (67-70 s.h.)

Note: All courses which serve as prerequisites for other courses in the Department of Physical Education must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Department Core and track requirements must be satisfactorily completed prior to enrolling in any int ernship.

Professional Option Requirements

Students may select a professional application track and electives to complete the 128 semester hours required for graduation.



C100-C101 Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 s.h.)
0142 Introduction to Athletic Training (1 s.h.)
0144 Movement Injuries Care and Prevention (3 s.h.)
0146 Teaching Competencies for Non-Teaching Majors (2 s.h.)
0241 Clinic 1. Lower Extremities (3 s.h.)
0242 Clinic 2. Upper Extremities (3 s.h.)
0243 Clinic 3. Head, Neck & Spine (3 s.h.)
0244 Clinic 4. Organization and Management (3 s.h.)
0247 Seminar in Athletic Training I (3 s.h.)
0248 Seminar in Athletic Training II (3 s.h.)
0310 Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.)
0312 Exercise and Nutrient Metabolism (3 s.h.)
0341 Therapeutic Modalities (4 s.h.)
0342 Therapeutic Exercise (4 s.h.)
0343 Advanced Athletic Training (3 s.h.)
0347 Seminar in Athletic Training III (3 s.h.)
0348 Seminar in Athletic Training IV (3 s.h.)


0104 Nutrition and Health (3 s.h.)
0110 Contemporary Health Issues (3 s.h.)
0351 Emergency Medical Practice(3 s.h.)
Exercise Science and Wellness


C100-C101 Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 s.h.)
0144 Movement Injuries: Care and Prevention (3 s.h.)
0162 Introduction to Exercise Science (3 s.h.)
0163 Basic Electrocardiography (3 s.h.)
0180 Computer Application in Exercise Science (3 s.h.)
0268 Management of Health-Fitness Programs (3 s.h.)
0310 Advanced Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.)
0312 Exercise and Nutrient Metabolism (3 s.h.)
0313 Exercise and Aging (3 s.h.)
0360 Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription (4 s.h.)
0361 Internship in Exercise Science (6-12 s.h.)


0104 Nutrition and Health (3 s.h.)
0110 Contemporary Health Issues (3 s.h.)
0312 Advanced First Aid and CPR (3 s.h.)
0324 Health Counseling (3 s.h.)


0003 Medical Terminology (3 s.h.)


0101 Introduction to Health Services Systems (3 s.h.)



0244 Introduction to Teaching Health Education I (1 s.h.)
0245 Introduction to Teaching Health Education II (1 s.h.)
0246 Basic Movement I (1 s.h.)
0247 Basic Movement II (1 s.h.)
0248 Advanced Movement I (3 s.h.)
0249 Advanced Movement II (3 s.h.)
0250 Micro-teaching in PHETE (1 s.h.)
0251 Tutorial Experience in PHETE (1 s.h.)
0252 Teaching - Teacher and Program (4 s.h.)
0253 Teaching - Learner and Process (4 s.h.)
0254 Teaching-School Environment (2 s.h.)
0255 Student Teaching (12 s.h.)
0256 Developmental and Adapted Learning (3 s.h.)
0257 PHETE Practicum I (1 s.h.)
0258 PHETE Practicum II (1 s.h.)
0259 PHETE Practicum III (1 s.h.)
0260 Student Teaching Seminar (1 s.h.)


0230 Health Science I - Physical, Environmental (3 s.h.)
0231 Health Science II - Behavioral (3 s.h.)
0232 Health Science III (3 s.h.)
Health Studies Elective (3 s.h.)

Education 0155 Inclusive Education in a Diverse Society (3 s.h.)
First Aid and CPR Certification (0 s.h.)


PE C100-C101 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry C071-C073, C072-C074
Biology C083, C084
Physics C083, C084
Advanced Psychology
Advanced Sociology/Anthropology


0144 Movement Injuries: Care and Prevention (3 s.h.)
0162 Introduction to Exercise Science (2 s.h.)
0163 Basic Electrocardiography (3 s.h.)
0180 Applied Technology in Kinesiology (3 s.h.)
0310 Advanced Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.)
0312 Exercise and Nutrient Metabolism (3 s.h.)
0313 Exercise and Aging (3 s.h.)
0360 Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription (4 s.h.)
0361 Internship in Exercise Science (6-12 s.h.)


0104 Nutrition and Health (3 s.h.)


0003 Medical Terminology (3 s.h.)
First Aid and CPR Certification (4 s.h.)

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