Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical Education Department
Alex Nemzek Hall 103, (218) 477-2445
Dawn Hammerschmidt
Faculty: Jay Albrecht, James Gemar, Wendy Frappier, Julie Knutson

MSUM’s Health and Physical Education (HPE) Department offers programs for students who are interested in positions in teaching health and/or physical education in schools, exercise science, athletic training or coaching.

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education: Teaching
Physical education teaching graduates can be employed as licensed K-12 physical education teachers, "add-on" licensed PK-21 developmental adapted physical education teachers, and athletic coaches. A certificate in developmental adapted physical education (DAPE) develops capability to teach to all ability levels in general physical education. Additionally, a coaching minor enhances public school employment opportunities. Other physical education teaching graduates assume jobs in a variety of recreational and fitness fields. Competitive admittance is dependent upon completion of SARTE admittance.

Bachelor of Science in Health Education
School health educators are licensed to teach health education in the public or private schools at 5-12 level. Students obtaining a health education teaching degree are also eligible for positions in the community setting. Competitive admittance is dependent upon completion of SARTE admittance.

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
The exercise science major prepares students for careers in fitness, exercise science, wellness and health. The major will also prepare students for graduate school programs in exercise science, exercise physiology or cardiac rehabilitation. One of the goals of the exercise science program is to prepare students to sit for certification by the American Council on Exercise, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and National Academy of Sport Medicine.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will no longer be accepting students into the baccalaureate Athletic Training program.
The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Board of Directors and the Commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), with the full support of the Board of Certification and the NATA Research and Education Foundation, have agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master's level.

MSU Moorhead is proud of its robust history of graduating exceptionally prepared alumni to serve as athletic trainers all across the country. We are investigating the opportunity of offering a master's level athletic training program in the future.