Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Kinesiology and Health Minors

Minor in Health Education

The kinesiology and health department offers two tracks in the health education minor:

  • Health education – P-12 teaching certification
  • Health education – non-certification

Those students who wish to apply for P-12 teaching certification in health education should complete the requirements for the P-12 certification track minor. They must be admitted to the teacher education program before completing "HEA 525: Methods and Materials in Health Education" and "HEA 489: Field Experiences in Health Education." Only those undergraduate students who are seeking a major in another education certification area may complete this minor track. Those who have already earned a teaching certificate in another content area may pursue the health education certification as postbaccalaureate students.

It is highly recommended that students who are majoring in physical education also complete the health education P-12 certification minor program. Most school districts hire physical education teachers who are also certified to teach health education. Students in this program must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or better and receive a C or better in all program courses.

Those students who are interested in the area of health are encouraged to complete the health education minor program.

Requirements for Minor: Health Education – non-certification track


HEA 125

Introduction to Health Education


HEA 135

Safety and First Aid


HEA 230

Personal Health and Wellness


KIN 200

Concepts of Lifetime Fitness


HEA 270

Community Health


HEA 320

Drug and Alcohol Education


HEA 350

Sexuality Education


BIO 126

Human Nutrition


BIO 208/208L*

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory


BIO 209/209L

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory


*"BIO 121: Diseases and the Systems They Affect" may be substituted for "BIO 208: Human Anatomy and Physiology I" and "BIO 209: Human Anatomy and Physiology II" if not a physical education major; "BIO 121 Diseases and the Systems They Affect" is not required for a physical education major.




Requirements for Minor: Health Education – teacher certification track


All courses required for non-certification minor


KIN 313

Computer Applications for Health and Kinesiology


HEA 250

Health Education for Elementary Teachers


HEA 489

Field Experiences in Health Education


HEA 525

Methods and Materials in Health Education


EDU 104

Orientation: Education Profession/Program


EDU 300

Human Growth and Development


EDU 305

Introduction to Education


EDU 311

Admission Field Experience Secondary


EDS 322

Planning and Implementing Instruction for Students with Exceptionalities


EDU 496

Clinical Experience Secondary (required for all education majors or postbaccalaureate students to teach a minimum of one health course during their 12-credit-hour student -teaching semester)




Minor in Physical Education

The minor in physical education is offered as an option for students interested in the field of physical activity. The courses provide an initial level of training appropriate for an academic minor at NKU. The physical education minor does not result in certification to teach physical education in the schools. Students must achieve a GPA of at least a 2.50 in the PHE, KIN, and HEA courses listed below.

If a particular course has a prerequisite that is not listed as part of the major requirements, then the prerequisite is given in italics below the course for which it is a prerequisite. These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.

Requirements for Minor: Physical Education


KIN 125

Introduction to Physical Education, Fitness, and Sport


HEA 135

Safety and First Aid


KIN 200

Concepts of Lifetime Fitness


PHE 234

Team Sports


PHE 235

Individual and Dual Sports


KIN 330

Motor Development


KIN 340

Exercise Physiology

Prerequisites: BIO 208/208L


KIN 349

Exercise Prescription


KIN 360

Statistics and Measurement in Kinesiology

Prerequisite: MAHD 099 or acceptable placement score.




Minor in Sports Medicine

The minor in sports medicine is an excellent opportunity to attain a clinical understanding of evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of orthopedic and sport-related injuries or illnesses for students who don’t wish to pursue an athletic training degree. This would be a good choice for students majoring in pre-physical therapy, exercise science, physical education, or pre-medicine.

Students select 21 credit hours from the coursework below. Students must complete "KIN 280: Basic Recognition and Care of Athletic Injuries" before taking other ATP coursework. ATEP admission is not required. Students who obtain this minor are not eligible for board certification as an athletic trainer.

For more information, students should contact the ATEP director, Rachele Vogelpohl, at

Requirements for Minor: Sports Medicine


KIN 280

Basic Recognition and Care of Athletic Injuries


Select 18 credit hours from the following*:

ATP 333

ATP 333L

Lower Extremity Evaluation with Laboratory


ATP 334/

ATP 334L

Upper Extremity Evaluation with Laboratory


ATP 335

Head and Spine Evaluation


ATP 420

General Medical for Athletic Training


ATP 425/

ATP 425L

Therapeutic Modalities with Laboratory


ATP 440/ATP 440L

Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries with Laboratory


ATP 435

Administration of Athletic Healthcare


KIN 260

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning


KIN 370



KIN 340

Exercise Physiology


KIN 349

Exercise Prescription


*Many of the courses listed here have prerequisites. The most common are BIO 208/208L Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory (4 credit hours), and BIO 209/209L Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory (4 credit hours). Check with an advisor for more information.



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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

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Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

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Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

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Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

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