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Lee University Catalog 2017-2018 
Lee University Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education

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Mikaele Iosia, Chairperson

Health and Exercise Science

Professor Mark Wickam
Associate Professor Mikaele Iosia
Assistant Professor Kay McDaniel
Senior Lecturer Pam Womack

Secondary Education

Professors Charles Carrick, William Estes, Eric Moyen, George Nerren and Gary Riggins

Athletic Training

Associate Professor DeWayne Knight
Assistant Professor Taz Kicklighter and Kelly Lumpkin


Exercise Science Pre-Athletic Training
Exercise Science
Health/Wellness, K-12 Licensure
Physical Education Recreation Emphasis
Sports Management
Master of Science Athletic Training

The Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education prepares students for careers in secondary education, wellness education (health/wellness, grades K- 12 licensure), physical education with recreation emphasis, exercise science, exercise science pre-athletic training, sports management, and master of science in 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 wellness education ) will declare their major in the College of Arts and Science or the School of Music. Initial licensure areas include art, biology, business, business technology, chemistry, communication, English, French, history, mathematics, instrumental music, psychology, Spanish, TESOL, theater, vocal/general music and wellness education. 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 exercise science degree is designed for students who wish to promote exercise and physically active lifestyles to serve the wide range of audiences from an individual with Type II diabetes to athletes training to improve performance.  Our graduates work in diverse settings such as fitness facilities, corporate wellness programs, and performance training centers.  Students are encouraged to join professional organizations and seek certifications such as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) 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 physical therapy centers. The Undergraduate Athletic Training Student Handbook is offered online and contains details on these and other policies and procedures of the Athletic Training Education Program.  Once an applicant is accepted to the Professional aspect of Athletic Training Education, the student will begin clinical rotations with affiliated sites.  Each clinical rotation has additional lab fees. The student is responsible for travel (no more than 45 miles) to reach their assigned site. PLEASE NOTE:  AS OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2016, STUDENTS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DECLARE ATHLETIC TRAINING AS A MAJOR AT LEE UNIVERSITY AS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT. FURTHERMORE, STUDENTS MUST HAVE ENROLLED AT THE UNIVERSITY DURING THE 2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPLICATION AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ALL PROGRAM AND MAJOR REQUIREMENTS.

NEW FALL 2017:  Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-Athletic Training
This new degree program is designed to prepare students who want a career in the field of athletic training.  This program was designed to meet the new accreditation standard that requires a Masters’ Degree in Athletic Training to be eligible for the Board of Certification Exam.  This program will provide students with a core of science course work they will need to pursue other areas of expertise in graduate schools such as athletic training, physical therapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, nutrition, physician assistant, and even nursing.  Specialized internships in order to provide unique coursework will be designed to enhance the student’s ability to succeed in these professional programs.  Courses like pharmacology, care and prevention of athletic injuries, exercise physiology I and II, principles of advanced nutrition, and pyschology of sport, in addition to the science courses will give LU Graduates a tremendous advantage during their advanced graduate studies.  This new degree option will be available starting Fall of 2017.

Lee University’s ATP is nationally accredited by the The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The accreditation was granted in July 2011 through 2020-2021. All admissions materials and student documents can be found in Lee University’s intranet. The BOC Program Pass Rates can be found on the Lee University Athletic Training’s website -


An Exercise Science Degree is offered to students for diverse opportunities in leading and disseminating information on wellness, fitness, and improved athletic performance.  The degree seeks to cover the areas of physiological response to exercise, and  nutritional concerns of the general population and athletes as well as investigating the role of exercise in disease prevention and reduction in risk factors.

The Teacher Licensure in Wellness Education (Health/PE, Grades K-12) prepares professionals for successful and productive careers in teaching grades K-12. The program emphasizes 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 Sports Management Degree integrates courses from the department along with the departments of Communication and Business.  This major prepares students for sports related industries that include professional organizations, intercollegiate athletics, amateur sports organizations, and community sports organizations.  Clinical placements and a semester-long internship are negotiated with the student, department, and placement providers to meet the interests and goals of the student.


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.

Programs of Study

The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Secondary Education offers the following programs of study:

Degree   Major   Code
B.S.   Exercise Science - Pre-Athletic Training   EXSAT.BS
B.S.   Exercise Science   EXSCI.BS
B.S.   Health/Wellness, K-12 Licensure   HLTWL.BST
B.S.   Physical Education with Recreation Emphasis   PHYED.BS
B.S.   Sports Management   SPMGT.BS
M.S.                          Athletic Training                                                                                                                                             ATEPR.MS                           

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree is a full-time, 2-year program, including a summer, that provides athletic training students with an effective blend of evidence-based didactic information, clinical experiences for skill and theory integration, and exposure to a variety of practice settings for athletic trainers.  The program thoroughly addresses compliance with CAATE accreditation standards, which allows our graduates to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC). 

Once an applicant is accepted into the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program, they are expected to be knowledgeable about various policies, such as standard of dress, social media, student health, retention, disciplinary, grievance, and BOC endorsement, which can be found in the Graduate Athletic Training Handbook. In addition, students are responsible for the following Fees:  Athletic Training Assessment (ATEP 500, ATEP 501, ATEP 502, ATEP 503, and ATEP 504) of $75. NOTE: Other course fees may apply depending on course requirements. The student is responsible for travel (no more than 45 miles) to reach their assigned site.  Each student will be financially responsible for all clinical attire. 

As a student in training for a health profession, all students must be trained in OSHA, HIPAA, BBP and IPE.  A strong emphasis is placed on medical ethics, confidentiality, and positive professional disposition.

Student learning outcomes from the comprehensive assessment plan (Cmap-hyperlink the plan here) will be systematically reviewed in order to evaluate all aspects of the graduate educational program. Current outcome data is available on the LU Athletic Training Website (here-hyperlink). After the first cohort of graduate students have graduated and attempted the BOC, the new outcome data will be available at that time.

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