Applied Exercise and Health Option

New Option Available Fall 2016

The Applied Exercise and Health Option (AEH) provides applied interdisciplinary training in the foundations of the scientific understanding of exercise and health through the lifespan. Students identify one of two areas of emphasis that are certification- based and practice-oriented: (a) courses and practical experiences directed toward certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or (b) a series of courses and student teaching leading to teacher certification. In order to qualify for the teacher certification track, students must meet the requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The completion of the Applied Exercise and Health Option will prepare students to work in the private or corporate fitness arenas, community-based fitness organizations, and university or hospital settings, or be Pennsylvania certified in health and physical education (K-12) and secure teaching positions in public or private schools.

Forms and Documents

Please see the documents below for recommended and required courses in the Applied Exercise and Health option.​

Practicum and Certification Information

Each Kinesiology option culminates in a practicum experience, as part of the curriculum.

Learn more about Health and Physical Education Certification ​

Learn more about Fitness Certifications

Limitation on the number of transfer courses used for KINES 300-Level core:

Effective FA15, out of the Kines 300-level core courses (Kines 321, 341, 345, 350, 360, and 384), only up to two courses (6 credits) can be transferred in and used towards graduation for the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Majors.

Policy 83-80 limitations on source and time for credit acquisition:

In accordance with Policy 83-80.5, the Department of Kinesiology requires at least 24 credits of Kinesiology courses required for graduation to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. The 24 credits include the capstone course in the major: Kines 495B for the Movement Science Option; Kines 495F for the Athletic Training Major; Kines 495A or Kines 495B for the Applied Exercise and Health Option; and Kines 495C for the Exercise Science Option. Students who are earning the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Major at University Park may not count courses taken at other Penn State Campuses towards this 24 credit minimum.