Health and Recreation, A.A.

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Program Information

The Health and Recreation program of study prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum is designed to aid students in developing philosophical and practical knowledge of recreation and health services. The program will produce graduates who will be prepared for rewarding careers in parks and recreation, coaching, students activities, and wellness programs. Included in this program are tools to obtain a coaching authorization in the state of Iowa. Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 


  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  •  Diabetes Educator
  •  Adjunct Faculty
  •  Community Health Workers
  •  Employee Health Nurses
  •  Health Educators
  •  Community Lessons
  •  Community Workers
  •  Health Coordinators

First Semester

PEH 102 - Health 1 3.0 Credit(s)
PEH 142 - First Aid 1 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
  • A.A. Mathematics Requirement (MAT 121-MAT 227) 3.0-4.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 15.0-16.0 Credits

    Second Semester

    PEC 101 - Introduction to Coaching 1 3.0 Credit(s)


    PEC 161 - Sports Officiating 1 3.0 Credit(s)


    ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
    PEC 230 - Introduction to Sports Medicine 1 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Social Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Third Semester

    BIO 157 - Human Biology 1 4.0 Credit(s)
    PET 240 - Taping and Bracing 1 2.0 Credit(s)
    PEH 170 - Principles of Weight Training 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Humanities Elective 6.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

    Fourth Semester

    PSY 210 - Sport and Exercise Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
    PET 230 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3.0 Credit(s)
    PEC 231 - Theory and Principles of Recreational Sport 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    BIO 151 - Nutrition 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


    One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
    1 Required courses for the program


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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy and how the body moves, based on the knowledge of muscles, bones, and tissues.
    • Communicate effectively the benefits of nutrition, health, and fitness to individuals.
    • Demonstrate skills necessary to assess a possible injury in an emergency situation.
    • Demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to preform a variety of weight training and physical fitness activities.
    • Demonstrate the knowledge of concepts in program planning, analyzing and designing a recreation program, or special event that involves sporting competitions.

    Program Disclaimers

    • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa