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Health, Physical Education, & Recreation

United Tribes Technical College

The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPR) program offers an AAS degree that prepares students for leadership roles in health, fitness, and recreation as well as a minor when completed in conjunction with a bachelor degree.

In addition, this degree program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities for bachelor degrees in physical education, coaching, health, and education, or recreation.

If you are an individual who enjoys (1) physical activity, (2) fitness, (3) sports activity, (4) working with people (young and old) and who is interested in their personal health and the health of others, then this degree program is for you!

Associate of Applied Science

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Health, Physical Education & Recreation AAS degree program will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history, and scope of the coaching profession.
  2. Apply fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures for the planning, development, and design of recreational programs.
  3. Apply principles and practices for designing and evaluating programs promoting physical education.
  4. Apply academic concepts of the professional discipline to promote healthy lifestyles through physical activity, fitness, wellness, and sports.

Career Opportunities

The HPR AAS degree prepares students for entry-level positions in health, fitness, and physical education professions. Potential careers for graduates with an AAS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation include:

  • Diabetes Prevention Leaders in Tribal Programs
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Other positions related to wellness initiative

Employment projections for graduates with this degree are expected to continue to rise with the increased demand for people to work in health and wellness initiative programs focusing on wellness and healthy living and combating obesity.


The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation curriculum combines courses in health, fitness, wellness, and technology, with an introduction to education, physical education, and parks and recreation.

General education courses include an emphasis in life science, anatomy and physiology, and communication skills (verbal and written).

Students in this program will participate in field placements in school and health settings and with the local parks and recreation facilities.

Core Courses (21 Credits)

  • NUT 240 3cr. Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • HPR 200 3cr. Introduction to Parks & Recreation
  • HPR 230 3cr. Introduction to Coaching
  • HPR 240 3cr. Introduction to Physical Education
  • HPR 242 3cr. Principles of Sport Psychology
  • EDU 250 3cr. Introduction to Education
  • EDU 290 3cr. Multicultural Education

Fall Semester

Course CodeDescriptionCredits
HPR 200Introduction to Parks & Recreation3
HPR 242Principles of Sport Psychology3

Spring Semester

Course CodeDescriptionCredits
HEO 101Basic Principles of Heavy Equipment6
HEO 124Basic Safety for HEO3
HEO 130Project Layout3
HEO 150Heavy Equipment Operations3