William E. Estes, Chairperson
Health and Exercise Science
Professor Mark Wickam
Assistant Professors Mikaele Iosia and Kay McDaniel
Instructor Andrea Orr Hudson
Professors Charles Carrick, William Estes, George Nerren and Gary Riggins
Associate Professor Eric Moyen
Assistant Professors DeWayne Knight and Kelly Lumpkin
The Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education prepares students for careers in secondary education, physical education (including K- 12 licensure), fitness/wellness, health education (including K-12 licensure), recreation and athletic training. In addition to major classes, the department offers a variety of activity, sport, and lifetime fitness classes.
The secondary education faculty work extensively with other departments on campus and the state of Tennessee to secure teacher licensure for students admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All students seeking licensure in a secondary education area (other than physical education or health) will declare their major in the College of Arts and Science or the School of Music. Initial licensure areas include biology, business, business technology, chemistry, English, French, health education, history, mathematics, instrumental music, physical education, psychology, Spanish, theatre, and vocal/general music. Numerous add-on licenses are available. For a complete list see the add-on endorsement section at the end of the introduction to the Helen DeVos College of Education in this catalog.
The Health Science major with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness prepares students for careers in corporate, commercial, community and hospital-based settings. Knowledge of the human body and the effects of exercise and general self-care are emphasized. Students are encouraged to prepare for and take one of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification examinations immediately after graduation.
Teacher licensure areas in Physical Education and Health Education prepare professionals for successful and productive careers in teaching grades K-12. Both programs emphasize knowledge of the human body, self care, and techniques to motivate all students to lead healthy and productive lives. Students are encouraged (but not required) to become certified in both fields prior to graduation.
A Physical Education degree with an emphasis in Recreation is offered for students wanting to work in various recreational settings. A leadership track prepares students for careers in city and county agencies, YMCAs or on college campuses. A second track focuses on outdoor recreational experiences emphasizing safety, skills, and teaching styles in canoeing, backpacking and several other outdoor venues.
The Athletic Training Education Program prepares students for a career as a health-care professional in athletic training. A certified athletic trainer has numerous employment possibilities, including college and university intercollegiate athletic programs, interscholastic athletics, professional sports, corporations and in clinic and hospital-based programs. Athletic training students will have the opportunity to develop applied technical and clinical skills while working with the athletic programs at Lee University and in our affiliated sites such as local high schools, orthopedic clinics, and hospitals.
Lee University’s ATEP is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The accreditation status is awarded through 2021.
Programs of Study
The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Secondary Education offers the following programs of study:
||Health Science with Fitness/Wellness Emphasis
||Health/Wellness Education (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Physical Education with Recreation Emphasis
Admission to the Athletic Training Education Program
The Athletic Training curriculum is highly competitive. Entry into this phase of the athletic training curriculum is NOT guaranteed upon completion of the preprofessional phase during the sophomore year. The determining factors include the success of the pre-professional experience, meeting all academic prerequisites, completion of the clinical proficiencies and how many students are currently enrolled in the program. The number of students admitted into the program varies from year to year with the usual cohort numbering between five and eight.
Freshman students enrolled in ATEP 115 or ATEP 353 are required to attend OSHA and HIPAA training to accumulate clinical observation hours.
Students may apply for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) in the middle of to their Sophomore year. Selection is centered on academic achievement and athletic training experiences. Academic achievement involves successful completion of BIOL 109 and/or HSCI-292 and ATEP-200 (with at least a B), and maintaining an over-all grade point average of 2.50 on a 4-point scale. The athletic training experiences include working under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer and completing clinical proficiencies. Applications are available from the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program and must be completed and submitted to the Program Director by the December graduation date.
The following requirements need to be met in order to apply to the curriculum phase of the athletic training program. Applicants must:
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 for ALL course work attempted
- Major in Athletic Training
- Have completed 4 credit hours of basic college level human anatomy or biology (ex. HSCI-292 or BIOL 109) with a grade of “C” or higher
- Have completed a basic college-level First Aid (ATEP-353) with a grade of “B” or higher and have a current CPR card (by American Red Cross, American Heart Association or equivalent)
- Have completed a basic college-level athletic training course (ex. ATEP-200) with a grade of “B” or higher
The second category of prerequisites is the Athletic training experiences. The four requirements are:
- Obtain a recommendation from a National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) Certified Athletic Trainer who knows the student and his/her interest and commitment toward athletic training studies.
- Completion of clinical proficiencies outlined in ATEP 200 and ATEP 353.
- An acknowledgement of the student’s ability to meet the demands of the program–with or without accommodations–as presented in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Education Council’s technical standards.
- Provide documentation of at least 70 hours of clinical observation.
In addition to the two categories of prerequisites, professional goals and work experience related to any allied health field (e.g. rescue squad, physical therapy aide, etc.) are taken into consideration when weighing athletic training experiences. Students will be notified, in writing, of the outcome of their application. If the application is accepted, the student will begin the curriculum phase.
The Athletic Training Student Handbook contains details on these and other policies and procedures of the Athletic Training Education Program. This handbook is provided to all students enrolled in ATEP-200.
Once an applicant is accepted to the Professional aspect of Athletic Training Education, the student will begin clinical rotations with affiliated sites. The student is responsible for travel (no more than 30 miles) to reach their assigned site. Some high school sites will require a background check prior to beginning that clinical rotation.
A student in any Teacher Education program may add additional endorsements or licensure areas in Health Education or Physical Education. Information regarding required classes, hours, and Praxis II tests may be obtained in the Teacher Education Office.