The Department of Health & Exercise Science at Louisiana College offers a program designed to promote the health, development and maintenance of the individual.
Students choosing to study in the Department of Health & Exercise Science have several career paths to consider when selecting a major. Majors and degrees offered within the Department include: Health and Wellness Education with teacher certification, Fitness and Wellness, Adapted Physical Education with teacher certification, and Health & Exercise Science without teacher certification.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has placed Louisiana College’s Athletic Training Program on probation because of its non-compliance with Standard 11 with not meeting the 70 percent three-year aggregate on first time pass rate of the BOC exam. This status does not affect the current students enrolled in the athletic training program and their graduation. In January 2016, Louisiana College withdrew the AT program’s accreditation with CAATE and is no longer accepting students in the athletic training major. BOC three-year aggregate.
Placing students in professional settings where they may learn specifics of their field is an important aspect of the HPE curriculum. All Fitness and Wellness majors complete internships at cardiac rehab facilities in the area, and students selecting majors with teacher certification will complete student teaching semesters in local schools. Athletic training majors have the opportunity to work with the Louisiana College athletic teams as well as in local agencies.
Students are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular learning organizations on campus. The Physical Education Majors Club (PEM) is open to all majors within the Department. The Iota Tau Alpha honor society is open to qualified athletic training majors.
Any program of study is best represented by its alumni. Dr. Kristi Menear, class of 1993, is an excellent example of that. She is an assistant professor of Physical Education Pedagogy and Adapted Physical Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Graduate School.