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2021-2022

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Health Sciences (John Tyler Community College)
John Tyler Community College
John Tyler Community College
Program description
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences offers programs that prepare students to pursue careers that utilize exercise interventions for both healthy and diseased populations and/or careers designed for students who wish to enter a health care-related field (that does not require licensure, certification or registry status). The department offers one undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Science, with either the exercise science concentration or the health science concentration.
Career opportunities

Depending on the concentration, the major is designed for students who wish to enter a health care-related field that does not require licensure, certification or registry status such as corporate wellness, human services, nonprofit health promotion and medical and pharmaceutical sales, or exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and wellness director.


Graduates can also be qualified to enter either graduate or professional health science programs, such as public health, health education and promotion, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, radiation safety, clinical laboratory science and health care administration. Additionally, the exercise science concentration prepares students for graduate study in exercise science or athletic training.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Exercise Physiologist 
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
  • Health Educator
  • Recreation Worker
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Sports Coach or Scout
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Sports Medicine Doctor
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 151
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0 to graduate, grade of C or better required in all major and concentration courses

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2021-2022

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Health Sciences)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to exercise science through the career coach.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
Experience Year 2
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to exercise science through the career coach.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Health Sciences)

John Tyler Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 161 Precalculus I           MATH 141 3 General education
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Ancillary)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 162 Precalculus II MATH 151 3 Major (Ancillary)
BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major (Ancillary)
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major (Ancillary)
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major (Ancillary)
CST 100 Principles of Speech Communication (or Foreign Language 101) Note: Foreign Language 101 class is required if student does not have 3 years of same foreign language in high school VCU equivalent 3 General education
HLT 143 Medical Terminology HPEX 250 3 Major (Approved elective for Health Sciences concentration)
PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 Major (Approved elective)
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major (Ancillary)
ART Select one: ART 101 or ART 102 ARTH 103 or ARTH 104 3 General education
HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition & Human Development BIOL 217 3 Major (Approved elective for Health Sciences concentration)
PHY 201 College Physics I PHYS 201 4 Major (Ancillary)
ENG Literature Select one of the following: ENG 225, ENG 245, ENG 246, ENG 255, ENG 258, ENG 275, SPA 102, FRE 102 Note: Students who did not take 3 years of foreign language in high school should take Foreign Language VCU equivalent 3 General education
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOCY 101 3 General education
John Tyler Credits Transferred to VCU 60
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in exercise science
Foreign language through the 102 level (if not completed at John Tyler) (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8 General education (not waived by associate degree)
HPEX 300 Healthcare Delivery in the U.S. 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 310 Fitness and Health 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 495 Clinical Experience II (fulfills senior capstone) 6 Major (HPEX Core )
HPEX 350 Nutrition 3 Major
HPEX 371 Psychology of Physical Activity 3 Major
HPEX 374 Musculoskeletal Structure and Movement 4 Major
HPEX 375 + HPEZ 375 Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory 4 Major
HPEX 380 Resistance Training for Health and Performance 3 Major
HPEX 440 Chronic Disease and Exercise Management 3 Major
HPEX 441 Assessment and Exercise Intervention in Health and Disease 3 Major
HPEX 470 Exercise Programming and Leadership 3 Major
HPEX 475 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 Major
HPEX 480 Professional Certification Seminar 1 Major
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3 Major (Ancillary)
Approved electives (check with VCU advisor) 12 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 60
Bachelor's degree total 120
Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in health science
Foreign language through the 102 level (if not completed at John Tyler). (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8 General education (not waived by associate degree)
HPEX 300 Health Care Delivery in the U.S. 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 310 Fitness and Health 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 495 Clinical Experience II 6 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 345 Nutrition for Health and Disease 3 Major
HPEX 352 Substance Abuse 3 Major
HPEX 353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control 3 Major
HPEX 354 Coping and Adaptation 3 Major
HPEX 357 Personal Health and Behavior Change 3 Major
HPEX 358 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 Major
HPEX 435 Health Disparities in the U.S. 3 Major
HPEX 445 Principles of Health Care Management 3 Major
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3 Major (Ancillary)
Approved electives (check with VCU advisor) 18 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 60
Bachelor's degree total 120