HPERD Programs

The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conducts several programs that contribute to improving the quality of life of individuals, to the artistic renderings of students and alumni,  and the enhancement of professional pursuits.

ETA SIGMA GAMMA 
Eta Sigma Gamma is a national honorary society for Health Education. The principal purpose of Eta Sigma Gamma is to elevate the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally trained men and women in and for the Health Science discipline.

THE HEALTH EDUCATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
The Center for Health Education and Wellness provides the students of Morgan State University an educational center which addresses health and wellness needs of its constituency. Through the center, students may earn certification in HIV Counseling (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene AIDS Administration), First Aid, CPR, and Life Guarding (American Red Cross). Educational Symposiums and HIV testing provide the core of the center.

THE MODERN DANCE ENSEMBLE
The Modern Dance Ensemble is a performing company which provides opportunities for dancers to participate in concerts both on- and off-campus. Acceptance into the company is through auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Membership is open to students from all academic disciplines as well as graduate students and alumni of Morgan State University. Credit for participation may be earned by the undergraduate dancer.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROFICIENCY EXAMINATIONS

The purpose of physical education is to enhance the quality of life through lifetime activity. The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance strongly recommends that students enroll in a physical activity class whereby knowledge and skills can be learned with guided feedback.

Proficiency examinations are administered to students who are knowledgeable, physically fit, and skillful in a physical/sport activity, and if completed successfully provide the opportunity to earn one (1) academic credit in physical education. Successful completion of the examination awards credit for the following courses: PHEC 123–Jogging, PHEC 117–Racquetball, PHEC 140–Golf,  and PHEC 390–Advanced Swimming. Physical education majors are not eligible to satisfy academic requirements through physical education proficiency testing.

Golf Proficiency Examination

Successful completion of the proficiency testing in golf awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 140 – Golf. The following requirements must be met for the award:

1.      Successfully complete a written examination with a minimum 80% score;

2.      Demonstrate a working knowledge of rules, etiquette, and skill of golf by participating in a 9-hole outing (additional fees required) to be arranged at a local golf course.

References:

Lamb, William (2009). Golf Made Simple, 2nd Edition. Dubuque, Iowa. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

McCord, Gary (2011). Golf for Dummies, 4th Edition. Wiley, John & Sons, Inc.

Swimming Proficiency Examination

Successful completion of the proficiency testing in swimming awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 390 – Advanced Swimming. To receive the credit, the following skills must be demonstrated with efficiency and smoothness:

1. Front Crawl stroke (freestyle) – 100 yards

2. Back Crawl stroke  – 100 yards

3. Breaststroke – 50 yards

4. Sidestroke – 50 yards

5. Elementary Backstroke – 50 yards

6. Butterfly – 50 yards

7. Tread Water using arms and legs – 3 minutes

8. Headfirst dive and underwater swim – 25 yards

9. Continuous  distance swim using open and/or flip turns – 500 yards

References:

American Red Cross (2012). Lifeguarding Manual

Whitten, Phillip (1996). The Complete Book of Swimming. Human Kinetics.

Jogging Proficiency Examination

Successful completion of the proficiency testing in jogging awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 140 – Jogging. The following requirements must be met for the award:

1. Successfully complete a written examination with a minimum 80% score

2. Complete 1.5 miles (6-laps)  within the time standard of the age and gender

AGE

MALE

FEMALE

17 – 29

11:58

14:04

30 – 39

12:24

14:34

40 – 49

13:12

15:34

50 – 59

14:23

17:19

60 – 69

15:56

19:04

References:

The Cooper Institute of Dallas, Texas. Physical Fitness Assessments and Norms for Adults and Law Enforcement

Rosato, Frank (2012). Walking & Jogging For Health & Wellness, 6th edition. Thomson-Wadsworth.

Floyd, Patricia and Parke, Janet (2011). Walk, Jog, Run for Wellness Everyone. Hunter Textbooks Inc.

Racquetball Proficiency

Successful completion of the proficiency testing in racquetball awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 117 – Racquetball. The following requirements must be met for the award:

1. Successfully complete a written examination with a minimum 80% score

2. Demonstrate the following skills with high accuracy level:

a. Forehand kill shot test – minimum score 18 of 25 points

b. Backhand kill shot test – minimum score 18 of 25 points

c. Serve to forehand corner test – minimum score 16 of 20 points

d. Serve to backhand corner test – minimum score 16 of 20 points

3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of rules, strategy, and skill of racquetball by participating in a match against an opponent

Reference:

Fisher, Dennis (2007). Racquetball : Steps to Success, 8th edition. Human Kinetics.