Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Dietetics and Nutrition Science AS | Exercise Science and Kinesiology AS | Health Sciences ASPublic Health AS | Therapeutic Recreation AS

Course Description


CPR 10           1 lab 1 cr
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
(Does not fulfill PEA requirement)
Designed to develop basic life support, knowledge and skill in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (clearing obstructed airways and mouth to mouth resuscitation). Students meeting the American Heart Association standards will receive AHA certification.


HLT 20  3 lect 3 cr
Aspects of Human Sexuality
This course teaches students about physical, sociological, and psychological aspects of human sexuality. Scientific research on gender, sexual arousal, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted infections, and contraception will be explored. Students will examine cross-cultural factors and ethical issues surrounding human sexuality.
Pre or Corequisite: ENG 02 and RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core – Scientific World

HLT 89               3 lec 3 cr
This course is designed to teach the most current body of knowledge in the field of HIV disease. Learners will explore the history, epidemiology, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies as well as controversial issues from the perspective of different stake holders, locally, nationally and globally.
Prerequisite: HLT 91.

HLT 90      3 lec 3 cr
Health and Aging
This course provides an examination of health promotion, health management and health care in the elder years. It explores the inter-relationship between the physiological, psychological, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of aging.
Prerequisite: HLT 91.

HLT 91         2 rec 2 cr
Critical Issues in Health
Intended to develop and encourage critical judgment in vital areas of health: mental health, dependencies, human sexuality and nutrition.
Corequisite: ENG 01 or RDL 01 if required.

HLT 92         3 rec 3 cr
Drugs, Society and Human Behavior
Various aspects of drug use and abuse are explored – pharmacological, historical, legal and psychosocial. Emphasis on the roles of the individual and society in dealing with current issues.
Prerequisite: HLT 91.

HLT 93          3 rec 3 cr
Human Sexuality
Consideration of physical, sociological, and psychological aspects of human sexuality with emphasis on development of critical judgment in addressing ethical issues.
Prerequisite: HLT 91.

HLT 94           3 rec 3 cr
Human Nutrition
Introduction to essentials of nutrition education and the relationship of food to the student’s personal goals and life experiences.  Students-as-consumers find their choices and responsibilities emphasized by classroom experiments, self-examination and experiential learning. Weight control, changing food requirements in the life cycle, special diets, food labeling, additives, food economics in relationship to health are included.
Prerequisite: HLT 91 and/or permission of instructor.

HLT 96         3 rec 3 cr
Health Education for Parenting
Provides health care information as it relates to child development.  Provides parents and others who work with children with resources and coping skills needed to raise a healthy child and to nurture the family unit.
Prerequisite: HLT 91.

HLT 97         1 sem 5 hrs field work 3 cr
Field Work in Community Health Resources
Provides students with firsthand knowledge of the community, its health problems and the forces impacting on them.  Offers an opportunity to become involved in identifying and addressing problems.
Prerequisite: HLT 91 and/or permission of instructor.

HLT 98         1 rec 2 hrs field work 3 cr
Community Health Resources for Child Care Workers
Seminar in community health resources for child care workers.  Students use their job placement as field work experience and keep weekly logs.

HLT 99          2 rec 2 cr
Health of the Nation
Provides an examination of the health status of different populations in the United States. Concepts of epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention are discussed. The characteristics of special populations are addressed as are some of the major threats to the health, safety and welfare of individuals in society.
Corequisite: ENG 01 or RDL 01.


HCM 11        3 rec 3 cr
The U.S. Health Care Delivery System
Examines key issues about the organization and delivery of health and nutrition services. Explores the role of health care professions and occupations, the structure and function of the U.S. health services delivery system, and applications of technology and financial resources.

HCM 12       3 rec 3 cr
Hospital Organization and Management
Overview of management and organization theory with applications to health care settings. Examines conceptual, technical, and human skills as they relate to the management of complex health care institutions.
Prerequisites or Corequisites: BUS 51, HCM 11 and satisfactory completion of 30 credits.

HCM 31         3 rec 3 cr 
Community Health Care Management
This course helps students develop the necessary skills to work as a Community Health Worker (CHW). Topics include public health, social determinants of health,
health policy, working with culturally diverse clients, health outreach and group facilitation. Students will gain practical information on health advising, conducting
client interviews, and presenting health information to groups.
Prerequisite: HLT 91 and HSC 10

All students who enroll in PEA classes are strongly advised to get a medical exam and to file the results with Health Services (Loew Hall, 101). All instructors will make the fitness demands of their classes clear. The Department of Health, Physical Education and Wellness assumes no responsibility for students who are not physically fit enough to participate in our classes.

PEA 11       2 rec 1 cr
Fitness for Life
Designed to assist students in evaluating their present level of fitness and to provide opportunities for self-improvement.  Selection from the following weight training and aerobic activities: weight training machines, free weights, jogging, fitness games, interval training, treadmills, exercise bikes, and other cardio fitness equipment.

PEA 12          2 rec 1 cr
Elementary Hatha Yoga
Progressive exercises designed to improve flexibility, develop efficient breathing, and apply relaxation techniques. The history of yoga, physiological benefits, stress management techniques, nutritional concepts and body awareness are interwoven to emphasize the integral nature of body and mind.

PEA 14          2 lab 1 cr
Aerobic Dance
Students participate in aerobic dance to improve cardiovascular fitness. There is additional mat work to develop toned muscles and flexibility. Course includes information on nutrition, weight management, injury management, and other fitness related concepts.

PEA 15         2 lab 1 cr
Walking, Jogging and Weight Training
Walking, jogging and weight training to develop cardiovascular endurance and muscle toning. Students are placed in individualized programs in jogging and weight training. Course includes information on the benefits of exercise, efficient training principles, posture, and other fitness related concepts.

PEA 16          2 lab 1 cr
Strength and Flexibility Training Through Pilates
Students will learn a challenging series of mat exercises that have proven to be effective for creating long, strong, well-toned, and flexible muscles. Students will study skeletal structures and major muscle groups, so that they may support their exercise routines with efficient alignment and coordinated breathing. The course will include lectures on other fitness related topics.

PEA 21          2 rec 1 cr
Beginning Swimming Level
Basic water safety skills and knowledge to make an individual reasonably safe while in, on, or about the water. Registration limited to non-swimmers.

PEA 22         2 rec 1 cr
Intermediate Swimming Level
Basic elements of good swimming; includes swimming techniques with emphasis upon mastering form and endurance in the front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and deep
water survival skills.
Prerequisite: PEA 21 or the ability to swim at least 25 yards using a crawl and/or backstroke.

PEA 23        2 rec 1 cr
Intended for students beyond the intermediate swimming level.  Emphasis on mastering form and endurance in crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly and sidestroke. Also covers competitive techniques of swimming, survival skills, and basic skin diving.
Prerequisite: PEA 22 or ability to swim at least 50 yards using a crawl stroke and/or backstroke in deep water.

PEA 24           2 rec 1 cr
Lifeguard Training
Development of skills and knowledge essential for a person to qualify as a non surf lifeguard. Successful completion of this course qualifies student for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate. Students should expect to spend approximately $30 to cover the cost of certification.
Prerequisite: Ability to swim 500 yards, employing front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

PEA 25        1 lect 2 rec 2 cr
Water Safety Instructor*
Course prepares the student to teach American Red Cross Water Safety courses. Successful completion of this course qualifies student for an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate. Students should expect to spend $30 to cover the cost of certification.
Prerequisite: Student must be at least 17 years of age and have the ability to perform the American Red Cross swimmer level skills and the elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, crawl stroke and back crawl.

PEA 28         2 rec 1 cr
Water Aerobics
Water exercise geared to improvement of posture, muscle tone and general coordination including strength, flexibility and endurance. Students enjoy the benefits of invigorating exercise without stress in a relaxing pool environment. Open to swimmers and non-swimmers.

PEA 30           2 lab 1 cr
Introduction to Volleyball
Basic skills related to volleyball: setting, underhand passing, blocking and spiking. Ten strategy and various offensive combinations as well as terminology and rules.

PEA 33          4 rec 7 1/2 wks 1 cr
Beginning Tennis
Fall semester first 7-/2 weeks; spring semester last 7-1/2 weeks. Students will be notified of starting date. For beginning players. Skills include the forehand, backhand and serve plus elementary singles and doubles strategy. All equipment furnished by College. Meets two times a week, 2 rec. per session for 7-1/2 weeks.

PEA 41           2 rec 1 cr
Techniques of Jazz Dance
Basic techniques of jazz dance; development of new dance skills including kicks, turns, pivots, isolations, stretches, and traveling movements that will increase the ability to perform to contemporary music and to express oneself through dancing.  Students will also have the opportunity to create original movement, to analyze dance on video, and to write dance critiques.

PEA 46           1 lect 2 rec 2 cr
African, Caribbean and Black Dance Forms
Students will learn several African and Caribbean based dances, and develop improved coordination, rhythmic sensitivity, endurance, strength, flexibility, and stamina. They will explore the influence of African dance on the Caribbean, and on the contemporary American dance scene. Students will write papers on the role of African dance, African aesthetics, and related topics.

PEA 47           2 lab 1 cr
Beginning Salsa
Students will master beginning Salsa dance steps so that they may feel comfortable in social dance situations.  Dance technique will include the basic step and variations, handholding positions, leading and following techniques, rhythmic accuracy, turn patterns and shines.  Students will also learn about the history of Salsa dancing and music, and its current worldwide influence.

PEA 51           1 lect 2 lab 2 cr
Stress Management
Lectures focus on discussions of psychological and behavioral approaches to stress management. These include utilizing time management techniques, learning to recognize distorted stress-inducing thought patterns, and incorporating effective communication skills. Lab work combines a variety of relaxation and exercise techniques which teach the student to combat the negative physical effects of stress. The final project for the course is student development of a personal stress management plan to best address individual needs.
Corequisite: ENG 01 or RDL 01 if required.

PEA 71, 72, 73               1 cr hour arranged
Varsity Athletics
Students may enroll in one or more of the following intercollegiate athletic courses and receive up to three credits for work in such courses. Admission to each course, which is based on tryouts and permission of the instructor, may be used to fulfill PEA requirements. Students opting to receive credit are required to participate in games, scrimmages, conditioning programs, practices, ongoing individual and team analysis, post-season tournament play, written assignments, team and individual statistics and a final examination. Students who wish to participate without course credit may do so.
Baseball (Men)
Basketball (Men & Women)
Indoor Track & Field (Co-ed)
Outdoor Track & Field (Co-ed)
Soccer (Men)
Soccer (Women)
Softball (Women)
Tennis (Men & Women)
Volleyball (Women)
Wrestling (Men)

PEA 81               2 rec 1 cr
Techniques of Self-Defense 
Introduction to the skills and techniques of martial arts (judo, karate, jiu-jitsu and aikido) for the purpose of understanding their value for self-defense.

PEA 82             2 rec 1 cr
Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan
Basic movements and beginner level forms of the Yang School of Tai Chi Chuan, ancient Chinese exercise system consisting of slow, rhythmical movements engaged in for health, meditation and self-defense by men and women of all ages. The movements are non-strenuous, easy to do and are intended to bring greater harmony to mind and body.


REC 93            3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
Provides an overview of therapeutic recreation programs provided in clinical or community settings for the physically, mentally, socially or emotionally disabled. This course examines basic concepts and models of service with field observations.
Prerequisite: ENG 01 and RDL 01 if required.
Corequisite: ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.

REC 94           3 rec 3 cr
Recreation: Historical and Philosophical Perspective
Reviews the historical development of recreation and leisure, and examines theories of play, recreation and leisure. It includes an exploration of the functions of organized recreation in the US today and enables individuals to develop a personal philosophy of leisure.
Prerequisite: REC 93.

REC 95             3 rec 3 cr
Program Planning and Leadership in Recreation
This course is designed to explore concepts, techniques, and strategies in recreational program planning, scheduling and operation in public, voluntary, therapeutic, and commercial settings. Basic principles and practices in group leadership.
Prerequisite: REC 94

REC 96        3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Alternative Therapies in Therapeutic Recreation
An exploration of alternative therapies for special needs individuals. Program planning and use of various modalities (art, recreation activities) will be emphasized.  Alternative modalities using DVD’s, virtual field visits, and role-playing activities to describe rehabilitation, hospital, recreation, and community-based service will be used.
Prerequisite: REC 93.


WFA 10        2 lab 1 cr
Workplace First Aid Training
Designed to provide individuals in the workplace with First Aid, CPR for Professional Rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and determine basic emergency care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. This course will contain first aid skills and knowledge in bloodborne pathogen exposure, treatment for wounds, broken bones, and head and spinal injury and burns. This course will also include CPR training in rescue breathing obstructed airway, and performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Bag-Valve Mask, and two-rescuer skills.
Corequisite: ENG 01 and RDL 01 if required.

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