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Gadsden State Community College

Health, P.E. & Recreation

What is the program about?

Major in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation program and you will be well prepared for a career that requires leadership, confidence, decision-making skills and a strong foundation in health and physical fitness, all of which are essential tools for succeeding in an increasingly health-conscious society. The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation program at Gadsden State Community College prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate programs in physical-education-related endeavors such as teaching, athletic training, exercise science, sports management, or coaching.

What is in it for me?

The fields of health, physical education, and recreation are among the major career growth areas of the next century. Our society stands in desperate need of competent physical educators. Despite the health craze in our country, much of our citizenry remains in poor physical condition. To position yourself to achieve success in these exciting professions, you will need the best preparation available. Enrolling in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation program at Gadsden State Community College will give you a sound foundation for entry into an exciting career.

In addition to the A.S. degree, the HPR program also affords students the opportunity to gain American Red Cross certifications in First Aid and CPR.

What do I study and how long does it take to complete?The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation program, leading to an Associate in Science Degree, takes approximately two years to complete. Students majoring in this program receive all of the general education coursework required for the first two years of the baccalaureate program, providing seamless transition to outstanding four-year college/universities, while saving thousands on overall college costs. A wide range of physical education, health, wellness, and fitness elective courses are open to all students.

How do I get started?

Mike Cancilla at (256) 549-8311,, and Mrs. Cindy Mullinax at (256) 439-6802,, are available for advising students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree in physical education/health related fields. Students can get started with a solid foundation by enrolling in the program at Gadsden State and completing the required 64 credit hours.