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Physical Education and Recreation

Department Overview
A program designed with activity classes that teach basic rules of play, fitness principles, exercise routines, and assessment tools needed to develop lifelong exercise habits. Lecture classes offer students further exploration in outdoor recreation, diversity issues in the sporting world, personal and community health, stress management, and the prevention and care of athletic injuries. 

Degrees
Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).

Preparation for Success
Students interested in fitness careers should be outgoing, good at motivating people, and sensitive to the needs of others. Excellent health and physical fitness are important due to the physical nature of the job. Those who wish to be personal trainers in a large commercial fitness center should have strong sales skills.

Career Opportunities
An increasing number of employers require fitness workers to have a bachelor's degree in a field related to health or fitness, such as exercise science or physical education. Some employers allow workers to substitute a college degree for certification, but most employers who require a bachelor's degree require both a degree and certification.