Health and Exercise Science



Department Outcomes

The Health and Exercise Science Programs build upon the general education outcomes of the University to achieve their mission and purpose. Definitions of the outcomes as applied to the health and exercise programs are as follows:

  • Spiritual Development: the cultivation of a Christian approach to one’s life and professional career in health and exercise related areas.
  • Self-Understanding: the self-application of physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental, and spiritual health and exercise promotion practices as the basis of knowledge that will enhance the provision health of others.
  • Critical Thinking: the application of current research, theory, professional standards, and ethical codes to influence the ongoing generation and evaluation of creative ideas for the purpose of solving health and exercise issues/concerns/problems.
  • Effective Communication: the ability to clearly interact with individuals and/or groups for the purpose of sharing information, ideas, and/or emotions.
  • Social Responsibility: the personal involvement of self in the profession’s role and responsibilities to people and society.
  • Scientific Literacy: the acquisition of the body of knowledge and an understanding of the processes by which that knowledge was achieved and can be developed.
  • Aesthetic Literacy: the application of caring and creativity in the health and exercise profession.

Program Details

  • Athletic Training Program

    The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is designed to equip the student for a professional career in Athletic Training. Upon completion of the ATP, students are eligible to take a national certification exam. The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings. 


    Admission into the ATP for a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) is competitive. Any student admitted to take classes at MNU may declare Athletic Training as a major. However, enrollment in the Clinical Education courses requires a separate application and admission into the ATP at MNU. The ATP reserves the right to defer admission or place students on a waiting list if there are more qualified applicants than the ATP can accommodate for a particular class. Prerequisites listed are strictly adhered for each course required for the Athletic Training degree. Due dates for applying to the ATP are as follows:


    November: Submit formal application with supporting materials. 
    December: Interview with the ATP Selection Committee.
    January: ATP Selection Committee’s decision letter to prospective ATP Athletic Training Student (ATS).


    HLEX 4302 Clinical Preceptorship functions as the comprehensive exam for Athletic Training students. Senior athletic training students in the MNU ATP will take a series of three BOC Mock Examinations during their final semester of their senior year as part of the HLEX 4302 Clinical Preceptorship course. Consistent with other ATP professional preparation courses at MNU, a grade of B- or better must be earned for the course to count toward program completion. In addition, students must earn a score of 75% or higher in each of the five domains on the third BOC Mock examination in HLEX 4302. A student who does not meet the above requirements will not be endorsed by the program director and as a result will not be eligible to take the BOC Certification Examination and will need to retake the course. The ATP Senior Comprehensive Examination Policy is contained in the ATP Student Handbook.



    The Athletic Training Program at MidAmerica Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), through the 2018-19 academic year.

  • Kinesiology

    Kinesiology, Pre-Professional, is designed to prepare students to enter post-baccalaureate programs in various areas of professional allied health, e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy, doctor of chiropractic, etc. Please visit our Pre-Professional programs page for more information on these career paths. 

    Kinesiology, Health and Fitness Studies, is designed to prepare students to enter careers in the health and fitness industry such as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, corporate fitness specialist, health and wellness director, or fitness club owner/manager. This is a constantly changing and growing field where students can specialize based on their area of health and fitness interest. 

  • Physical Education

    Physical Education prepares students to become elementary and secondary physical education teachers in public and private school settings (P-12 licensure). The Physical Education degree shares requirements with the Teacher Education Department.


    A comprehensive examination (ETS Praxis II) is required to be passed by all senior physical education majors before graduation. The comprehensive examination is meant to assess the student’s mastery of basic content areas of the curriculum. The examination is administered through the Education Testing Services (ETS). Further details regarding the senior comprehensive are available from the Licensure and Assessment Coordinator of the Teacher Education Department.

  • Recreation and Leisure Studies

    The Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies (RCLS) prepares students to enter professional positions in the parks and recreation industry. Students are provided skills to lead and create community-based programs that impact the health and wellness of community members, by serving non-profit and community-based organizations.

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Department of Health & Exercise Science
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2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899