Summary of the Changes:
This request is to elevate the Exercise Science minor of the Community Health Track in the Health Science Major to an Exercise Science concentration in the Health Science Major. Students enrolled in the Exercise Science minor in the Community Health Track of the Health Science Major currently take 9 Community Health specific semester hours and 30 Exercise Science specific semester hours (21 Exercise Science minor semester hours plus 9 Exercise Science specific internship hours) yet their transcripts reflect a Community Health Concentration. Therefore, the educational experience of Exercise Science students at UNF is misrepresented by the "minor" designation on their transcript.
The proposed program of study would replace the 9 Community Health related semester hours (HSC 3032 Found of Health Edu (3), HSC 3713 Plan & Eval Programs (3), and HSC 3304 Instruc Mths Hlth Ed (3)) with 9 Exercise Science specific semester hours (APK 4120 Clinical Ex Phys (3), PET 3620 Athletic Injury (3), and PET 3311 Kines and Motor Behav (3)) and keep the remaining 51 of 60 semester hours of the Health Science Major in tact as follows: 12 core Health Science major semester hours; 30 Exercise Science specific semester hours; and 9 elective hours. The addition of 3 Exercise Science specific courses will provide a venue to cover the knowledge, skills, and abilities missing from the current curriculum but needed for program accreditation, and more importantly, student success (See attachment for course breakdown).
The rationale for request to elevate the Exercise Science program from a minor to a concentration is as follows:
1. Student interest in the program is high. There are currently 147 students enrolled in the Exercise Science minor (Spring 2008).
2. This program change will enhance student employability upon graduation. The vast majority of the Exercise Science students are interested in finding employment in Exercise Science positions. These students are less competitive for Exercise Science positions when their transcripts reflect a Community Health Concentration.
3. This program change will bring the program in line with The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accreditation guidelines. The additional Exercise Science related coursework is needed to address the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in the accreditation guidelines.
4. Only minimal program changes are needed to facilitate this request and no additional faculty lines are necessary.
The proposed Exercise Science concentration would follow the common pre-requisites listed under
CIP 31.0505 Exercise Science track 2/2 of the SUS. This would require minimal changes in program pre-requisites as one course is removed (MCB 2010 Microbiology (4)) and one course is added (HUN 2201 General Nutrition (3).(Click here to view the Program of study)