Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Department

UAMS South Resident with SAU Athletic Trainers_2883The Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Department is housed in the W.T. Watson Sports complex and Aquatic Center. The HKR Department currently offers four distinct undergraduate degree programs (teaching and non-teaching degrees) and one graduate degree. The undergraduate programs include a Physical Education, Wellness, and Leisure degree (PEWL) and non-teaching degrees options: Human Performance, Recreation, and Community Service degree, Exercise Science degree, and the Athletic Training degree.  The graduate level degree offered in the HKR Department is a Master of Science in Kinesiology-Coaching.

HKR Mission

The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation is committed to the education of all students by ensuring opportunities to develop broad philosophical, educational, and scientific foundations in which to base their professional career and a quality life.


Athletic Training
Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree (non-teaching). This degree prepares students for a career as a certified athletic trainer working in a variety of settings. Upon completion of this program students are eligible to take the Board of Certification Exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Exercise Science

Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree (non-teaching) which prepares students for careers in areas like personal training, working in sports programs, performing physical assessment for employment, and working in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

Human Performance, Recreation, and Community Service

Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree (non-teaching degree). The degree prepares students for a career organizing and directing recreational as well as non-recreational programs in a variety of settings. The program is designed to offer two emphasis areas to meet the needs of the student. One emphasis area is in Sports Management for those who want to work in sports programs and the second emphasis is in Community Service for those who want to work in community based programs like youth, at-risk populations, corrections, etc.

Physical Education, Wellness and Leisure

A degree that prepares students to teach physical education and health in elementary or secondary schools. Students receive a bachelor of science in education. The degree includes a major in K-12 physical education, wellness, and leisure, which leads to licensure to teach physical education, health, and includes a coaching endorsement.

Masters of Science in Kinesiology - Coaching

On-line coaching program (non-licensure) designed to extend the students’ prior knowledge and experiences including an understanding of philosophy and ethics, safety and injury prevention, physical conditioning, growth and development, teaching and communication, sport skills and tactics, organization and administration, and evaluation.  Students must be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies and the Online M.S. in Kinesiology Program prior to enrollment in graduate courses.

The SAU Aquatic Center

aquatic-centerThe mission of the SAU Aquatic Center is to promote a collaborative approach to personal and community health through health promotion, educational programming, swimming education, and service to the Magnolia community. We are committed to provide opportunities that facilitate and support growth in the multiple dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental. The goals of the SAU Aquatic Center are to:

  • Offer programs and services emphasizing awareness, prevention, and positive health behavior change.
  • Provide current and accurate information for safe pool operation.
  • Foster a campus environment supportive of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Provide knowledge and skills to improve and maintain health that may enhance academic and/or work performance through swimming education.

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