Programs of Study
The Division of Health and Movement Sciences
Athletic Training (major)
Our graduates in this fast-growing field are landing jobs with sports teams, universities and high schools around the country. A recent Athletic Training graduate from Graceland is an athletic trainer with the Boston Red Sox organization.
The athletic training major prepares you to become a certified athletic trainer. Challenging coursework and a variety of internships play important roles in your development. Courses are taught by a variety of healthcare professionals who practice in the field. A large part of the internship experiences are completed with GU athletics in conjunction with our athletic training staff and our 22 varsity and 10 junior varsity athletic teams.
Department Coordinator: Jason Hoffman, DHSc, ATC, PES
Health (major, minor, teaching endorsement)
The path to a degree in Health at Graceland can take you out of the classroom and into fascinating experiences job shadowing, volunteering and interning at hospitals, the American Red Cross, doctors' offices and clinics, and government community health programs. It can take you into other classrooms if you purse the teaching endorsement in health. It won't take long before you discover a specific job you love.
Department Coordinator: Jess Wallace, MA, ATC
Physical Education (major that includes teaching endorsement)
The Physical Educations major is grounded in the liberal arts, and includes coursework in teaching movement, fitness, and educational methods. Whether majoring in P.E. is a natural extension of your athletic abilities, you yearn to coach a high school or collegiate athletic team, or you dream of teaching children to skip, catch, and care for their bodies, Physical Education is for you.
Department Coordinator: Brandy Leffler Schneider, EdD
Leisure time has become a major industry. Trained professionals who can program leisure time in creative and meaningful ways are critical to all of us.-. Cities, school districts, corporations, colleges and voluntary agencies all deliver recreation programs to keep their people healthy, fit and engaged in activities they find fun and motivating.
Department Coordinator: Stew McDole, Rec.D.
The Corrective Exercise & Performance Enhancement (CEPE) major is designed to prepare students for careers in personal training, strength & conditioning, and coaching. Students gain the knowledge and skills to assess and restore musculoskeletal function and enhance human performance. The exploration of theoretical concepts and hands-on application in the classroom, practicums, and internship provide students the opportunity for mastery of skills as well as instructional and leadership development.
*CEPE can enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals with interests in rehabilitative medicine, and would be a complement to students pursuing the athletic training major or prerequisites for physical or occupational therapy. Also see information regarding the CEPE minor.
Department Coordinator: Chad McDole, MS
Fitness Leadership (minor)