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Wellness & Recreation

While technological advancement have contributed to an increased market within sport related professions, there is still a great need for professionals who have a strong desire to work directly with people. Whether it be through seasonal recreational activities or in a year round wellness program, the demand for Wellness & Recreation professionals is targeted for growth in the upcoming decades. This is a great profession for students who don’t see themselves behind a desk but would rather be actively engaged working with clients, managing events, and leading programs.

The Wellness & Recreation Program

The Wellness and Recreation program prepares students to work in public or private recreation facilities with people of all ages. Students will be prepared for positions such as recreation coordinator, athletic trainer, trail guide, and sports coach.

Careers

Here are some careers students will be qualified for after receiving their Wellness & Recreation degree from William Penn University:

  • Sport Coach/Instructor
  • Event Operations Staff
  • Sport/Summer Camp Counselor
  • Sport Official
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Outdoor Guide
  • Facility Staff
  • Sport Equipment Sales
  • Park & Recreation District

Internships

By the end of a student’s senior year, they’ll be expected to have participated in an internship that will contribute to their understanding and experience in a professional environment. Students will be able to address their leadership capabilities to members of local communities and create openings for future opportunities. Here’s a are some businesses that have provided Wellness & Recreation students with internship opportunities:

  • YMCA of Mahaska County
  • YMCA of Ottumwa
  • Titan Physical Therapy in Pella
  • Pella Recreation
  • Oskaloosa High School
  • Knoxville School District
  • New Hope Community Center (Osky)

Faculty

Glenn Steimling, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Kinesiology 641-673-2171 Email

Jessica Sisul, M.P.H.

Adjunct Professor of Health and Life Sciences Email

Bill Collman, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology 641-673-1021 Email

Organizations

The Kinesiology Club is for students who share a love of sport and physical activity. Field Trips to sports facilities and events along with presentations by guest speakers from the sport and fitness industry are cornerstones of the club.

Facilities

Penn Activity Center (PAC)

The Penn Activity Center was opened in 2008 on the west side of campus. The facility has a variety of recreational space and equipment, including two basketball courts, artificial turf, and an indoor track. The PAC’s second and third floors have classrooms, biology labs, faculty offices, and the PAC Cafe.

  • Two collegiate-size basketball/volleyball courts
  • 45 yards of artificial turf
  • Locker rooms
  • Office of Admissions
  • Financial Aid Offices
  • Campus Health Clinic
  • PAC Cafe
  • 300-yard running/walking track
  • Science Wing
  • Ware Auditorium
  • Cardio Training Center

Courses

The following is a list of courses you will be taking as a student of theWellness & Recreation program

Health and Life Sciences Foundation

  • PHLE 160 First Aid and CPR
  • PHLE 110 Wellness & Recreation

Kinesiology Core courses

  • BIOL 216 Anatomy & Physiology
  • PHLE 150 Fundamental Concepts of HPER
  • PHLE 218 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  • PHLE 336 Organization & Administration of HPER
  • PHLE 390 Practicum

Wellness and Recreation Requirements

  • PHLE 208 Leadership in Sport, Exercise, and Recreation
  • PHLE 210 Camp Management and Outdoor Education
  • PHLE 221 Teaching Individual and Team Sports
  • PHLE 227 Personal and Community Hygiene
  • PHLE 240-252 Coaching Theory (Any)
  • PHLE 257 Field Experience
  • PHLE 334 Tests and Measurements in HPER
  • PHLE 357 Internship
  • PHLE 395 Kinesiology Seminar
  • PSYC 108 Life-Span Psychology

*Plus 12 credits of electives from Biology, Earth Science, Physical Education, Psychology, and/or Sociology