School of Preventive and Rehabilitative Health Sciences
Dean: Heather Hartsell
Associate Professors: J. Hartman
Assistant Professors: D. Grannis, H. Hartsell
Instructors: E. Newton
The mission of the School of Preventive and Rehabilitative Health Sciences (PRHS) is to integrate the knowledge, skills, and values of the health sciences that contribute to the prevention of disease and disability and maintenance and restoration of health and function. We deliver student-centered education that is accentuated by evidence-based teaching in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), affective (abilities) learning domains, within a Christ-centered environment that emphasizes faith, service, leadership, and a commitment to life-long learning. We focus on the prevention and management of disease and disability through the promotion of healthy behaviors and lifestyles, effective assessment, and early intervention through the use of evidence-based exercise prescription, treatment, and rehabilitation to restore health and function. Although united by a common mission, each of the interrelated academic programs (Athletic Training, Exercise Science) has its own distinct body of knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve the following goals:
1. provide undergraduate curricula based on current best practices in each discipline;
2. provide graduate curricula based on current best practices in selected disciplines;
3. provide basic instruction and discipline-specific courses that support attainment of knowledge, skills, and abilities that prepare competent and contributing entry-level professionals;
4. provide for constant review and assessment of curricula to ensure academic quality and consistency, with an emphasis on discipline specific current best practices; and
5. provide professional service to undergraduate students, the University community, allied health groups, organizations and practitioners.
MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY
The School of Preventive and Rehabilitative Health Sciences offers two majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:
MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL
Gardner-Webb University athletic training program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The Athletic Training Program at Gardner-Webb University is a rigorous and intense, competency-based program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. These specific requirements are determined by National Athletic Trainer’s Association-Education Council and are identified in the document “NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies”. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). Abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program. For a listing of the specific cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for successful completion of the Gardner-Webb University Athletic Training Program, please refer to the Clinical Skills Manual or contact the Athletic Training Program Director.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students who successfully complete this program of study will demonstrate:
- Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills within the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains presented in both the didactic and clinical settings.
- Students will use effective interpersonal skills and strategies to communicate with individuals, professionals, and society.
- Students will encompass professional behaviors that align with the foundational behaviors of professional practice.
- Students will engage in leadership, learning, and service to the athletic training profession as well as local, national, and global communities.
The following courses are required for admission into the Athletic Training Program:
ATTR 101- Introduction to Athletic Training
ATTR 222- First Aid and Management of Acute Injuries and Illnesses
BIO 101- Human Biology
A grade requirement of “C” (2.00) or higher is required for BIO 101, ATTR 101 & 222.
Prospective athletic training students are encouraged to express their interest to the Athletic Training Program Director prior to, or during, the fall semester to be advised of the necessary requirements.
Any prospective athletic training student wishing to pursue a major in athletic training must successfully progress through a 10-week spring semester observation in order to be eligible for admittance into the program.
Observation consists of prospective athletic training students being assigned to on-campus athletic trainers approved clinical instructors allowing each student a wide range of experience while accumulating a minimum of 60 hours of observation. The student can obtain observation hours during morning, afternoons, evenings, or weekends based upon the schedule of the assigned approved clinical instructor. ATTR 101 encompasses the Observation Period and serves as a requirement for application to the Athletic Training Program.
At the completion of the 10-week observation period and following the accumulation of 60 observation hours, prospective athletic training students are eligible to apply to the Athletic Training Program. The process begins with completing an application form that is distributed during ATTR 101. In addition, three letters of recommendation and an essay on the observation experience are required. Lastly, proof of immunizations, or a signed declination of vaccination(s) must be provided. Upon receiving all of the required information, an entrance interview will be conducted by a committee comprised of athletic training faculty and staff as well as a member outside of the athletic training program.
Following the interviews, prospective candidates will be selected and offered admission within the program contingent upon successful completion of required courses with required grades and an overall GPA of 2.37. Students not selected are encouraged to reapply to the program the following spring semester. The readmission process will be handled on an individual basis, but the student may be required to begin the process from the beginning (ATTR 101).
At the discretion of the Athletic Training Program, a student may be admitted on a provisionary basis. A set of benchmarks, based on the individual student’s situation, will be determined and communicated to the student in writing. A meeting will be held with the Athletic Training Program Director and student to discuss admission status and outlined benchmarks. Signatures of involved parties will be obtained indicating acceptance of the benchmarks set forth by the Athletic Training Program. In order to progress within the Athletic Training Program, the student must meet agreed upon benchmarks within the specified time frame; not doing so will result in dismissal from the program.
Students accepted into the program continue their athletic training course work and clinical education the following fall semester.
Due to the competitive admission requirement of the program, the number of prospective athletic training students accepted each year into the program will vary. Total program enrollment is limited to a maximum of 36 students. The number accepted each year will be based upon the number of vacant spots available. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed based upon a student completing the observation period, but rather upon meeting all established criteria for acceptance.
Additional Costs: All costs incurred with application and acceptance into the program is the athletic training student’s responsibility. These costs include, but are not limited to:
- Uniform costs
- Health Insurance
- Background Check
- Transportation to and from off-campus sites
- Supplies: fanny pack, scissors, etc
- Membership to athletic training organizations
- Liability/malpractice insurance
- Annual training/recertification fees as required by the ATEP
Athletic Training students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher by the end of the fall semester sophomore year. In accordance with University policy, each student must have a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) on each course in the major field of study. Failure to make a mark of “C” (2.00) or higher will not allow the student to take additional coursework within the major until a satisfactory grade is completed for the course(s) involved.
Athletic training students must also have a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in their additional course requirements (EXSI 335 and 306, EXSI 224, BIOL 203 and 204).
A cumulative GPA of 2.00 must be maintained for any minor selected by a student.
Any athletic training student may be placed on academic probation for unacceptable progress in his/her clinical education or if his/her cumulative GPA falls below 2.50 after admittance into Athletic Training Educational Program.
At the end of each semester each student’s academic performance is formally reviewed and if necessary, the student is notified by the Athletic Training Program Director in writing of their probationary status.
Probation may include provisions such as required study hall or alteration of clinical educational experience time. Decisions regarding such provisions will be determined by the Athletic Training Program Director and student’s assigned Preceptor . If at the end of the probation semester, the ATS has been unable to attain academic standards, make satisfactory progress or complete provisions as outline by Athletic Training Program Director, they will be suspended resulting in dismissal from the Athletic Training Program.
An ATS may be suspended for inadequate academic progress, conduct/behavioral concerns, or failure to meet standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program. If an ATS receives below a “C” (2.00) in one of his/her required athletic training courses (this includes both the major courses and additional requirements) he/ she must retake the course and receive the required grade. If an athletic training student is suspended from the program, he/she is eligible to reapply to the program once he/she has met Athletic Training Program standards as outlined by the suspension notification. Reapplying consists of completing an abbreviated application form and an interview with the Athletic Training Program Director and CEC. The athletic training student would re-enter the program at the level last completed successfully. ATS who are suspended can request academic assistance from the Athletic Training Program Director.
Any student wishing to transfer into the Athletic Training Program must submit transcripts, syllabi, and course descriptions to the Athletic Training Program Director for all athletic training classes for credit evaluation. All admission requirements contained within ATTR 101 must be met for admission into the Athletic Training Program. Classes containing cognitive competencies will be evaluated to see which, if any, fulfill the Athletic Training Program requirements. Classes containing psychomotor competencies will require a challenge examination. Course credit will be awarded after a student has taken the challenge examination and demonstrated proficiency of those competencies. The student will have the first semester of enrollment to take the challenge examination and demonstrate proficiency of psychomotor competencies.
The athletic training major requires 42 semester hours with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher in the following Athletic Training courses: 101, 200, 201, 222, 225, 230, 300, 301, 324, 325, 332, 342, 400, 401, 402, 404, and 430. Additional course requirements include: EXSI 224, 335, and 306, Biology 203 and 204 (an additional elective hour must be completed for this to be counted as an 18 hour interdisciplinary minor).
General Studies Requirements
Each athletic training student must complete BIOL 101, COMM 233, and HLED 221 in their general studies requirements.
Additional information can be obtained from the Gardner-Webb Athletic Training website and the Athletic Training Student Manual.
The Exercise Science major prepares undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as professionals in the exercise science and health professions. Exercise science professionals are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risks factors, conducting fitness assessments, developing and implementing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Exercise science professionals perform these activities in medical, commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion, fitness, sports performance, and rehabilitation activities.
The mission of the Exercise Science major at Gardner-Webb University is to develop competent and contributing entry-level professionals in the field of exercise science in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (abilities) learning domains, with a Christian foundation grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition. This is accomplished by providing quality academic preparation that incorporates both classroom and supervised practical experiences.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
PROFESSIONAL INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION
To interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral, written, and technology formats; collaborating with professionals and peers; expressing ideas clearly; and giving and receiving feedback.
To utilize knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate health behavior and risk factors; develop, implement, and evaluate exercise and wellness programs, and employ behavioral strategies to motivate individuals to adopt and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors.
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT
To demonstrate behavior, grounded in Christian faith and the Liberal Arts tradition, that preserves the integrity of a profession, prevents misrepresentation, and protects the consumer.
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
To continuously improve knowledge, skills, and abilities and to uphold a professional image through actions and appearance.
PROFESSIONAL DECISION MAKING (PROBLEM SOLVING)
To demonstrate critical thinking by making decisions based on multiple perspectives and evidence-based practice.
University acceptance to pursue the Exercise Science major does NOT guarantee admission into the Exercise Science major. Formal application to the Exercise Science major must be completed by the student according to the following procedures:
- It is the student’s responsibility to submit an Application to the Major form to the PEWSS Department Office Bost 132 in the semester in which s/he is enrolled in 48 credit hours.
- The application must be submitted by October 1st in the Fall and March 1st in the Spring.
- Entering transfers from other universities or GWU students changing their major to Exercise Science with earned credits beyond 48 have a one-semester extension.
- By the beginning of the semester following application, students will receive notification of acceptance or denial to the major according to the following:
- Acceptance – The student has fulfilled all major requirements in the section Prerequisites to the BS Major Core in the Exercise Science Major (see MyWebb Audit), and has an overall and major GPA of 2.5. Once the student has been accepted into the Exercise Science Major, it will take the student at least four semesters to complete the curriculum, plus a 6-credit internship.
- First Denial – Not fulfilling the requirements as stated above will result in a first denial. Failure to submit an application will also result in a first denial. Students who are denied for the first time are not permitted to take required upper level courses. Students must reapply for a second time the following semester.
- Second Denial – If students do not meet the requirements again, they are denied the second time. Failure to submit an application will also result in a second denial. In the case of a second denial, students are not retained in the major and their major is changed to Undecided. Students are not permitted to reapply to the Exercise Science Major for one year following a second denial. If after one year the student has an overall and major GPA of 2.5, s/he may reapply and repeat the application process as stated previously.
Students who are admitted into the program must maintain a major and overall GPA of 2.5 and earn a “C” or better in all EXSI major courses. Students are not permitted to do their internship unless they have met GPA and grade standards for the Exercise Science major. Failure to maintain the GPA requirement will result in a one semester probationary period in which the student must remedy any deficiencies. Failure to earn a “C” or better in an EXSI major course will result in a probationary period until the course is re-taken and the minimum grade standard is achieved. If s/he is not able to attain the necessary GPA requirements or grade standards by the end of the probationary period, s/he will be removed from the program. If a student is suspended from the program, s/he is eligible to reapply once s/he has met the Exercise Science standards. Reapplying consists of completing an abbreviated application form and an interview with the Exercise Science Program Director.
CHANGING TO EXERCISE SCIENCE MAJOR
Any student changing his/her major to Exercise Science MUST have an overall GPA of 2.5.
Students are required to maintain current First Aid, CPR/AED while enrolled in EXSI 451 (Internship) and complete a national credentialing examination through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) OR National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) at their own cost. Students may also be asked to complete a drug test and/or criminal background check while enrolled in EXSI 451 (Internship) at their own cost.
PREREQUISITES TO THE BS PROGRAM CORE (18 hours)
BIOL 111, BIOL 203, BIOL 204, CHEM 111, EXSI 200.
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (23-24 hours)
BIOL 222, EXSI 306, EXSI 307, EXSI 335, EXSI 432, EXSI 451, MATH 105 (Health Fitness Concentration) or MATH 151 (Pre-Professional Concentration), PHED 145, RELI 341.
HEALTH FITNESS CONCENTRATION (33 hours)
EXSI 224, EXSI 308, EXSI 310, EXSI 406, EXSI 410, EXSI 420.
PRE-PROFESSOINAL CONCENTRATION (37-38 hours)
BIOL XXX (Specialized Biology), CHEM 112, PHED 235, PHYS 203, PHYS 204, PSYC 201, PSYC 206, SOCI 201.
APPROVED CONCENTRATION ELECTIVES*
BIOL XXX (Specialized Biology), CHEM 201, CHEM 202, CHEM 422, EXSI 351, EXSI 360, EXSI 421, EXSI 496, HLED 323, MGMT 410, MRKT 304, MRKT 420/MGMT 422, PHED 235, PHED 401, PHYS 203, PHYS 204, PSYC 201, PSYC 206, SOCI 201, SPMG 305, SPMG 345, SPMG 355. *Other courses as approved by the Exercise Science Program Director.
Exercise Science major are required to obtain a minimum of 50 service learning hours at a variety of exercise and/or wellness settings (e.g., University wellness center, University strength and conditioning center, Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center, private fitness center, Allied health clinic, etc.) and maintain an Exercise Science portfolio upon acceptance into the major, to be submitted for graduation. CPR/AED and First Aid certifications must be current at time of internship and graduation. Completion of one of the following national credentialing examinations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS) OR National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Results designated to be submitted to the Exercise Science Program Director.