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Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition

The Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition offers Bachelor of Science degrees for students majoring in Health and Kinesiology. Minors in Athletic Coaching, Community Health, Wellness, and a Certificate in Athletic Coaching are also offered. The Department also offers a dual degree leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Dietetics Studies within the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

The Health degree provides students the opportunity to prepare for health careers in city, county, state and national government health agencies; corporate wellness programs; and voluntary health agencies. The degree requires both academic coursework and practical experience via an internship and helps to prepare students for admission to graduate programs in public health and health promotion. Students interested in pursuing a major or minor in Health are required to consult with the Advising and Certification Center of the College of Education and Human Development.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology will select a concentration in athletic medicine, exercise science or physical education. Students with a concentration in athletic medicine are prepared to pursue careers in athletic training, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. Physical and/or occupational therapy licensure requires additional academic training in an accredited graduate program. Students interested in pursuing licensure in athletic training must apply and be accepted into the athletic training program at UTSA. Students with a concentration in exercise science are trained for careers in exercise physiology, clinical exercise, and fitness programming in corporate, commercial, and public settings. Graduates of this concentration are prepared for professional certifications in fitness and exercise physiology. The physical education concentration provides students the academic and professional experience as required by the State Board for Educator Certification. To be certified as a teacher by the State of Texas, a student must complete his or her coursework, have practical teaching experience (student teaching), and pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). The graduate of this program will then be certified to teach physical education in grades pre-kindergarten–12.

The overall mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) is to prepare entry-level dietitians who positively impact the nutritional status and health of individuals and the community, particularly those living in South Texas, through a solid academic education, service, and scholarship. The CPD offers a rigorous didactic curriculum that is integrated with over 1200 clock hours of supervised experiences, aimed at preparing entry level practitioners. Students who successfully complete the all the CPD requirements receive a verification of eligibility to take the national exam administered by the Commission of Dietetics Registration to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Dietetics professionals are instrumental in assessing the nutritional needs of individuals, interpreting the science of food and nutrition to promote health, prevent diseases, and implement medical nutrition therapy for various diseases and illnesses. Registered dietitians are employed by healthcare facilities such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics; sports, wellness and fitness centers; foodservice operations, industry, pharmaceutical and food companies; community programs and public health; government agencies, private practice, and professional health organizations.

Department Honors

The Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition awards Department Honors to certain outstanding students and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision.

Selection of honors designation is based on the student’s academic performance and recommendation by the faculty of the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major at UTSA. The minimum grade point averages must be maintained for students to receive the approval of the Department Honors Committee and the discipline faculty. Students applying for Department Honors are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The completed thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor and another departmental faculty member. Students interested in this program should contact their professors for additional information.

Internship Policy

Experiential learning is a valuable element for health and kinesiology professionals. An internship enables the student to gain practical experience as a professional under conditions conducive to educational development. The internship is a time-limited, supervised period of health or kinesiology education activities carried out in a kinesiology- or health-oriented organization. All Health majors are required to complete an internship (6 semester credit hours, 300 hours of time on site). Kinesiology majors who are not in Teacher Certification options may take an internship course.

Internship Eligibility

Health and Kinesiology majors are eligible to apply for an internship if they:

  • have completed all degree requirements of the major and support work
  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • are within 13 hours of graduation (including the 6 hours of the internship).

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will not be allowed to complete the internship. The department advisor will assign students who do not meet the GPA requirement two upper-level courses (3 credit hours each) to take in place of the internship course.

Mandatory meetings are held in the semester prior to the student’s enrolling in the internship. Meeting dates for each semester are published in the UTSA Class Schedule. These meetings are held in June (for Fall), October (for Spring), and March (for Summer). Students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to the meeting to verify that they are eligible for the internship. This must be done by October 1st, March 1st, or May 1st for the respective internship meeting. An e-mail will be sent within the first week of classes to all Kinesiology and Health majors with more than 110 semester credit hours, to inform them of this requirement and to ease the burden on the advising staff. Students must bring a signed degree plan from their advisor to the mandatory internship meeting.

Students who miss the meeting must contact the department internship coordinator no later than three business days after the missed meeting to make special arrangements. Failure to do so will result in being ineligible for the internship in the following semester. Extenuating circumstances must be documented and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students requesting an internship at a site that requires a criminal background check are responsible for having the background check completed and submitted to the internship site for approval. Students are responsible for paying any fees associated with the completion of the background check. Students must have the background check completed and accepted by the internship site when the work plan for the internship is submitted.

Appeal Process

Students who wish to appeal the internship requirement due to prior work experience may do so by completing and submitting the appeal form, available in the COEHD Advising and Certification Center, with written documentation to a three-member review committee. Prior work experience is defined as a minimum of three years full-time work experience in the field of the respective degree. Written documentation submitted with the form includes: 1) a letter from the student detailing his or her work experience, how it fits his or her degree plan, and his or her career goals; 2) the student’s resume; and 3) a letter from his or her work supervisor verifying employment and stating the extent of their job responsibilities and the relationship to the degree. The appeals packet must be received by the department internship coordinator no later than October 7th, March 7th, or May 7th, for the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters, respectively. The committee will meet prior to the internship meeting to discuss the appeals and make a recommendation to the Department Chair. Students who are denied appeals must attend the internship meeting and complete the internship.

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