Programs And Courses

Exercise Science-Physical Education

Exercise Science and Physical Education

Below is information on the Exercise Science-Physical Education programs at HACC -Harrisburg campus. HACC offers some courses at Lancaster, Lebanon and Gettysburg campuses.


What is the objective of the program?

The HACC program prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. HACC designs the program with certain abilities in mind. Students prepare to:

  • Enroll at a four-year institution. They will choose one of the Exercise Science professions.
  • Sit for nationally-accredited exams in the field (ACSM, NSCA).
  • Conduct fitness assessments.
  • Prescribe exercise programs to the public. They will explain how the body works and environmental factors.
  • Understand liability issues facing them in a "hands-on" profession.

Students should choose an intended transfer institution as soon as possible.

Baccalaureate degree program options include:

  • Adult Health
  • Exercise Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Similar curricula in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


What can I do with an Exercise Science or Physical Education degree?

Students who pursue baccalaureate degree programs can find careers in multiple areas.

Exercise Science track-Graduates can work in various fields.

These fields include:

  • Health
  • Wellness
  • Health management
  • Fitness center program management
  • Corporate health and wellness programs
  • Exercise physiology teaching and research
  • Medical exercise rehabilitation programs
  • Adult fitness programs

Curriculum includes general education requirements. Students must have a basic science and math foundation. They must take a broad range of classes related to the discipline. These classes can include exercise physiology, nutrition, kinesiology and more.

Exercise Science degree programs prepare students to sit for nationally-accredited exams.  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) hold exams. 

Health and Physical Education track- HACC students can complete the first two years of a transfer program. They can also earn an associate in science degree.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has different regulations for elementary and secondary school teachers. Title 22 of the PA School Code, Chapter 354 is law. It states that students who complete 48 credit hours must have a 3.0 GPA. A 3.0 GPS is necessary to enter professional teaching courses.

Students must also receive a qualifying score on the PRAXIS-I Academic Skills Assessment test. Students should compile two documents before any teaching experience or employment:

  • Act 34 Criminal Background
  • Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance


Who can I contact for more information?

Debra R. Morris, M.Ed. ACSM-C-EP