Nursing & Kinesiology Majors


If you’re passionate about wellness and fitness, this multidisciplinary curriculum provides the theory and practice to prepare you for professional work in schools, private agencies, clinical environments, government or business.  Selecting a concentration in either kinesiology or health promotion, you’ll have an opportunity to influence the physical activity, health, lifestyle and productivity of individuals, communities and organizations.  The kinesiology concentration focuses on enhancing the health of individuals through understanding the role of movement.   Your career after graduation might lead you to teaching, research, coaching, rehabilitation and sports medicine, or delivering services related to physical activity and fitness. This field is changing quickly in response to the aging population, increase cost of health care, and the understanding of the important role lifestyle factors play in one’s health. Graduates will have the opportunity to sit for national certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Certified Health Education Specialist.

An article in the Des Moines Register by columnist Daniel Finney featured the GV kinesiology department:

"Sullivan and his colleagues teach athletic training with the philosophy that job No. 1 is injury prevention.

'A lot of people think a trainer’s most important job is to improve athletic performance,” Sullivan said. “It’s not. That’s secondary to making sure bodies are healthy and strong.'"

Read the full article HERE. (Photo: Merle Laswell/For the Register)

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Courses and Requirements

Prequesite Courses:

  • General Biology I
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • General Psychology
  • CPR Documentation

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Core:

  • Careers in Kinesiology and Health Promotion
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Personal and Consumer Health
  • Leadership Skills for Conditioning/Strength Training Instruction
  • Nutrition for Everyday Living OR Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Internship
  • Kinesiology and Health Promotion Practicum
  • Senior Seminar

Health Promotion Concentration

  • Computer and Information Literacy OR Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Marketing
  • Writing for Business
  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Program Planning and Evaluation

Plus 9 credits from the following:

  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Public Relations Principles
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Development
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Psychology and Health
  • Kinesiology
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription

Kinesiology Concentration

  • Exercise Psychology
  • Motor Control and Learning
  • Kinesiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription

Plus 3 credits from:

  • Computer and Information Literacy
  • Principles of Statistics
  • Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Worksite Health Promotion

 For detailed course descriptions, please see the current catalog HERE.

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