Health, Physical Education and Recreation

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The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPR) program offers an AAS degree that prepares students for leadership roles in health, fitness and recreation as well as a minor when completed in conjunction with a bachelor degree.

In addition, this degree program prepares students for transfer to four year colleges and universities for bachelor degrees in physical education, coaching, health and education, or recreation.

If you are an individual who enjoys (1) physical activity, (2) fitness, (3) sports activity, (4) working with people (young and old) and who is interested in their personal health and the health of others, then this degree program is for you!

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Health, Physical Education & Recreation AAS degree program will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history, and scope of the coaching profession.
  2. Apply fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures for the planning, development, and design of recreational programs.
  3. Apply principles and practices for designing and evaluating programs promoting physical education.
  4. Apply academic concepts of the professional discipline to promote healthy lifestyles through physical activity, fitness, wellness, and sports.

Job Projections

For possible career opportunities for this program, click here.


The Health, Physical Education and Recreation curriculum combines courses in health, fitness, wellness, and technology, with an introduction to education, physical education and parks and recreation.

General education courses include an emphasis in life science, anatomy and physiology, and communication skills (verbal and written).

Students in this program will participate in field placements in school and health settings and with the local parks and recreation facilities.

Download the HPR AAS Degree Program

Core Courses (21 Credits)

  • NUT 240 3cr. Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • HPR 200 3cr. Introduction to Parks & Recreation
  • HPR 230 3cr. Introduction to Coaching
  • HPR 240 3cr. Introduction to Physical Education
  • HPR 242 3cr. Principles of Sport Psychology
  • EDU 250 3cr. Introduction to Education
  • EDU 290 3cr. Multicultural Education


Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
EDU 290 Multicultural Education 3
HPR 230 Introduction to Coaching 3
HPR 240 Introduction to Physical Education 3
GPE 240 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
Spring Offerings
HPR 200 Introduction to Parks & Recreation 3
HPR 242 Principles of Sport Psychology 3

Career Opportunities

The HPR AAS degree prepares students for entry-level positions in health, fitness and physical education professions. Potential careers for graduates with an AAS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation include

  • Diabetes Prevention Leaders in Tribal Programs
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Other positions related to wellness initiative

Employment projections for graduates with this degree are expected to continue to rise with the increased demand for people to work in health and wellness initiative programs focusing on wellness and healthy living and combating obesity.

For More Information Contact:
Leah Hamann
Teacher Ed Faculty
Phone: Ext. 1380

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Lisa Azure, PhD
Chair of Teacher Education
701-221-1407 |

Leah Hamann, MS
Elementary Education Faculty
701-221-1380 |

Lezlie McElwee
Elementary Education Faculty
701-221-1752 |

Brenda Rhone
Program Coordinator
701-221-1788 |