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HPE-Health and Physical Education

Lower Division Collegiate

HE112 (1 credit)
Emergency First Aid

Teaches students the critical skills necessary to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. Course allows more time for in-depth practice and testing in CPR as well as setting a scene for safety, learning about blood borne pathogens, AHA chain of survival, and the Good Sam Law. Upon successful completion of the written and practical portions of the course, students will receive an American Heart Association’s Emergency First Aid Heartsaver ® card.

HE131 (3 credits)
Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science

Introduces students to the field of exercise and sport science (EXSS). Upon completion of this class, students should have a good understanding of the history, the need for, current topics in, and careers available in EXSS, as well as education/ certification required for these careers. This course helps many students decide if an educational path in EXSS is something they wish to pursue. Several guest speakers representing various careers/areas in EXSS will present their experiences to the class. Basic online research skills will be covered to allow students to seek out accurate and reliable information about EXSS. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90). Recommended prerequisite: HPE295.

HE145 (1 credit)
Stress Management - Healthy Living

Stress management provides a comprehensive overview of several theories and applications of managing stress.  The course involves cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains with a focus on individual student processing through in-class and out-of-class applications and reflection.  Through this course, students are challenged to take responsibility for their health and lifelong learning.  Stress Management/Healthy Living will provide students with an overview of key lifestyle behaviors/ issues that promote a life of health and wellness: exercise, nutrition, and stress assessment, management and coping techniques will be the key topics of discussion

HE199 (variable credits)
Special Studies: Health and Wellness Issues

Presents special topics in health including, but not limited to, smoking cessation, stress management, heart and back health, emotional health, and wellness assessment. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90, or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

HE208 (1 credit)
HIV and Infectious Diseases

Introduces students to the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis virus, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases. Students will examine treatment options, prevention strategies, and legal and policy issues that impact infected individuals as well as the larger community. The course also explores the social, psychological, and ethical issues surrounding these diseases and their impact on present and future generations. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement scores.

HE250 (3 credits)
Personal Health

Examines personal and societal health topics including consumer health issues, major disease patterns, and the elements of good health. Students are required to internalize the topics on a personal level and relate them to daily life. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

HE252 (3 credits)
First Aid/CPR

Offers a basic life support plan for emergency care of cardiac victims until EMS arrives. Designed to help students recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and cardiac arrest that pose a threat to life using techniques that emphasize the importance of compressions, airway management, and assisted breathing techniques “CABs.” One- and two-rescuer strategies on adults, children and infants, airway obstruction relief, use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are included. The first aid, CPR, and AED section covers the critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest. Students learn how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock, and other first aid emergencies. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Provides the basic skills necessary to respond to a community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster when emergency services are not immediately available. Successful completion of the course leads to an American Heart Association’s Emergency First Aid Heartsaver® card and an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider card, both valid for two years. Prerequisite: WR90 or WR91 or designated placement score.

HE253 (3 credits)
Wilderness First Aid

Provides individuals with foundational first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies in areas without access to immediate emergency medical services. Highlights the importance of critical thinking and decision making and provides hands-on learning using delayed-help situations. Students are trained to deal with many situations that may be encountered in the wilderness or remote location. Training focuses on teaching students to assess situations, improvise solutions using available resources to stabilize patients, and identify the best way to get patients to definitive medical treatment. Includes an overview of wilderness issues and allows students to be certified in basic wilderness first aid with successful completion of the course (in effect for two years). Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores, and physical abilities to allow hiking and lifting equipment. Previous basic first aid knowledge and CPR are useful.

HE259 (3 credits)
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury

Introduces students to prevention, treatment, and management of athletic injuries. Basic musculoskeletal anatomy will be reviewed. Students will learn to assess, treat and rehabilitate various athletic injuries. Practical skill sessions for hands-on experience will be included in the course. Physical Contact Note:  Due to the nature of this course, students are advised that physical contact between instructor-to-student or student-to-student is required (example: taping of an ankle). If you do not think you will be able to participate to the extent required by the course, students are encouraged to consider an alternative course substitution. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90). Recommended prerequisite: BI121.

HE261 (1 credit)
CPR/Basic Life Support Provider

Offers a basic life support plan for emergency care of cardiac victims until EMS takes responsibility for the victim. Designed to help students recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and cardiac arrest that pose a threat to life. Includes scene safety assessment, in-depth coverage of the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest and heart attack, how an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) functions, blood borne pathogens, the Good Sam Law and chain of survival. Using techniques that emphasize the importance of compressions, airway management, and assisted breathing techniques (CABs), students are taught assessment skills to evaluate one- and two-rescuer strategies on adults, children and infants (excluding newborns), airway obstruction relief, and how to appropriately use an AED. Manikins are used in all intensive skill areas with ample time to practice and learn lifesaving skills. The course is intended to introduce and enhance existing skills and concepts and leave students with a firm understanding of both their limitations as first responders and their ability to provide basic lifesaving care. Repeatable every two years, with a limit of two occurrences. The course is taught at the provider level through the American Heart Association and results in a CPR, Basic Life Support Provider card upon successful completion. 

HE280 (variable credits)
Cooperative Work Experience / Health Science

Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program. Prerequisite: CWE courses require prior arrangements with faculty or the Department Chair.


HPE295 (3 credits)
Health and Fitness for Life

Prepares students with the foundation needed to be successful Health/PE majors and successful in other majors as well. Dominant topics include disease projections, essential nutrients, behavior modification, body composition, strength and endurance training, cardio-respiratory health, flexibility, the mechanics of stress and stress relief, and relationship building. Students assess: lifestyles, wellness, fitness, nutrition, and risk for illness / disease as part of the course. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement scores.