Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Health and Physical Education, Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Concentration in Physical Activity and Fitness Management / Pre-Occupational Therapy (SRU) (Traditional)


  • Instructional Excellence: Develop Physical Activity and Fitness Managers who educate and empower individuals to lead active healthy lifestyles.
  • Physical Health and Wellness Competency: Develop Physical Activity and Fitness Managers who prepare individuals for an active lifestyle through purposeful movement and healthy nutrition.
  • Social, Emotional and Cognitive Wellness: Develop Physical Activity and Fitness Managers who prepare individuals with strategies to improve cognition, manage stress and positively interact with others.
  • Physical Activity Management in Community and Commercial Settings: Prepare Physical Activity and Fitness Managers to coordinate and lead comprehensive wellness programs that promote health literacy and physical activity in Community and Commercial Settings.
  • Professional Advocate and Leader: Develop professionals who model and value health and advocate for quality health and wellness in schools and communities.


Health and Physical Education - Physical Activity and Fitness Management, BSED / Pre-Occupational Therapy (SRU) (Traditional) Program Page

Physical and Health Education Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements61

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits. Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.


The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
BIOL 2094
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Must choose a Thematic Thread with at least 2 OT Prerequisite classes including PSYC 105
Select 12 Credits 2,312
Total Hours43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 


  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Basic Courses
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
PE 131Foundations of Leadership in Physical Activity 13
PE 202Technology for Wellness 13
PE 231Strategies for Teaching Physical Activity 13
PE 331Evidence-Based Physical Activity 13
PE 332Administration and Management of Physical Activity 13
PE 450Internship6
PE 473Professionalism, Advocacy and Leadership in Physical Activity 13
Required Fitness/Health Coursework
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
BIOL 3094
PE 242Physical Health and Fitness Education 13
PE 268Contemporary Topics in Health 13
PE 335Science of the Mind-Body Connection 13
Select two of the following blocks:
Block A: Adapted Physical Activity
Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity
Adapted Physical Activity and Health Through the Lifespan
Program Design in Adapted Physical Activity
Select 3 credits from the following:
Adapted Aquatics
Disability Sport in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective
Block B: Aquatics
Aquatic Fundamentals
Aquatic Leadership
Water Safety Instruction
Select 4 credits from the following:
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Basic Canoeing
Introduction to Kayaking
Emergency Medical Response
Adapted Aquatics
Lifeguarding Instructor
Teaching and Coaching of Water Polo
Skin and Scuba Diving
Lifeguarding Instructor
Block C: Outdoor Adventure Fitness
Outdoor Pursuits
Applied Methodologies in Adventure
Select 6 credits from the following:
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Introduction to Rock Climbing
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Introduction to Kayaking
Enhancing Fitness through Running and Walking
Skate-Based Action Sports
Skin and Scuba Diving
Block D: Coaching Education12
Emergency Medical Response
Psychological and Sociological Bases of Sport
Conditioning for Athletic Performance
Philosophy and Psychology of Coaching
Block E: Fitness12
Applied Principles of Exercise
Biomechanics of Individuals with Disabilities
Teaching and Leading of Strength and Resistance Training
Nutrition for Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health
Total Hours61


Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Occupational Therapy Studies (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies) website for requirements: 

Rock Studies 2

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Occupational Therapy
BIOL 2094
BIOL 3094
EXSC 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PE 364 Biomechanics of Individuals with Disabilities
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
Research Methods - Select One: 13
Research Methods in Exercise Science
Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar
Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies
Psychological Science I: Research Methods
and Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications
Research Methods
Anthropology or Sociology - Select One: 13
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA
Introduction to Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Health and Society
Cultural Area Studies
Minority Groups
The Family
Society, Culture and Self
Gender Roles and Society
Sociology of Aging
Disability, Community Inclusion, and Diversity
Human Diversity
Total Hours33

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

PRE-OT SRU Traditional
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 02.15.2023
UCC 04.19.2022
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
PE 131 Foundations of Leadership in Physical Activity 3
PE 268 Contemporary Topics in Health 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PE 231 Strategies for Teaching Physical Activity 3
PE 242 Physical Health and Fitness Education 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Second Year
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Specialty Area 1-1 3
PSYC 244 Developmental Psychology 3
BIOL 209 4
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
PE 364 Biomechanics of Individuals with Disabilities (Specialty Area 2-1) 3
Specialty Area 1-2 3
EXSC 250 Medical Terminology 3
BIOL 309 4
Humanities Inquiry 3
Third Year
PE 202 Technology for Wellness 3
PE 331 Evidence-Based Physical Activity 3
Speciialty Area 1-3 3
INDP 318 Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies 3
INDP 201
Principles of Sociology
or Introduction to Anthropology
Social Science Inquiry 3
PE 335 Science of the Mind-Body Connection 3
Specialty Area 1-4 3
Specialty Area 2-2 3
PSYC 276 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Fourth Year
PE 332 Administration and Management of Physical Activity 3
PE 473 Professionalism, Advocacy and Leadership in Physical Activity 3
Specialty Area 2-3 3
Specialty Area 2-4 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Electives 1 3
PE 450 Internship 1 6-12
 Total Hours**120-126

Revised 2.23.2023