Sheila Jones, Chair
ACU Box 28084
Abilene, Texas 79699-8084
Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Room 257
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Annie Bane, Instructor
Joe D. Bell, Associate Professor
Dickie L. Hill, Professor
Sheila Jones, Associate Professor and Chair
Lynn Luttrell, Associate Professor
Libby McCurley, Assistant Professor
Deonna Shake, Instructor
Martha Smallwood, Assistant Professor, and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Lorraine Wilson, Professor
Odies L. Wright, Associate Professor
The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (athletic training, health promotion, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, or sport and recreation management) and Nutrition (community nutrition, food service, nutrition-exercise science, or Didactic Program in Dietetics).
The departmental mission is to prepare students to serve and lead through the development of healthy lifestyles. Students selecting Kinesiology (KINE) as their course of study will be preparing to work in health and wellness in a corporate, hospital, sport or recreational facility, or private setting; or they will prepare for future study in athletic training, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. Students selecting Nutrition (NUTR) as their course of study will be preparing to work as registered dietitians or nutritionists in various settings. Students who excel in these degrees are well-prepared for entry to graduate study in areas of human performance, wellness, and nutrition.
The nature of all these occupations requires professionals who enjoy working with people.
The coaching minor is designed to prepare more knowledgeable and competent coaches. Course work addresses the suggested competencies described in existing national coaching standards.
The nutrition minor affords students the opportunity to study nutrients and their physiological functions, normal nutrition requirements throughout the life cycle, nutrition requirements for physical activity, and socioeconomic influences on food choices. It also provides opportunities to learn how to assess adequacy of nutrition, how to develop nutrition education programs, and how to effectively educate populations.
The academic program is enhanced by access to facilities in the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center where the department is housed. These facilities serve as both a laboratory for majors and a recreation/fitness facility for the entire campus. There are two classrooms in the Center, both of which are “smart” classrooms, in addition to five classrooms in the Gibson Physical Education Center. The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is a resource for our majors to learn to analyze body composition, cardiovascular function, blood chemistry, respiratory function, muscular strength, and flexibility. These analyses are also available for faculty, staff, and students who wish to assess their personal health by using state-of-the-art technology, such as the BodPod and the Parvo metabolic measurement system. Computer assisted nutritional analysis, stress profiles and personal evaluations are also available in the HPL. The nutrition program has access to a fully equipped food science laboratory.
Recreational and fitness facilities include four gyms for court games; three racquetball courts; two group exercise areas; a large exercise area with strength training equipment, stair climbers, elliptical machines, and treadmills for aerobic workouts; a free-weight area; two indoor swimming pools; and men’s and women’s dressing rooms. Lighted tennis courts are adjacent to the center.
Undergraduate students at Abilene Christian University are required to take 2 semester hours of exercise science (a choice of PEAC 100 and one activity course or two activity courses). Kinesiology majors must take KINE 100 and KINE 206 , and a PEAC or PEACs as specified in the degree plans. Kinesiology transfers must take KINE 100 at ACU if they have not already completed a course that is determined to be enough like the one at ACU. Students seeking a medical exemption must do so through the chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition. Most often, students seeking an exemption are given adaptive or modified physical activities rather than an exemption.
The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition provides a well-balanced activity program with an emphasis on health and wellness. Departmental objectives for each activity class include providing activity for recreation (enjoyment), fitness and stress release, while teaching knowledge and performance skills needed to maintain a healthful, enjoyable lifestyle in the future. Students are permitted to take up to three activity classes for elective credit above the university requirements.
A student may elect to take any physical education activity class, excluding PEAC 100 , on a Pass/Fail basis. Students must make this decision during the first two weeks of the fall and spring terms or the first two days of the summer term. During this time, the Pass/Fail form is available on the Registrar’s website at www.acu.edu/registrar. (Students should be aware that some graduate schools will not accept Pass/Fail grades and/or will automatically count them as a grade of “C.” Some schools will not transfer Pass/Fail grades.)
Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year. PEAC 216 is offered for credit at all 3 Study Abroad sites.
Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.
This major is interdisciplinary by design with required courses, electives and laboratory experiences to prepare the student for entry into commercial fitness, hospital-based fitness, wellness or cardiac rehabilitation. Degree tracks are designed specifically for entrance into graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, health and wellness promotion, and sport and recreation management. Within the Kinesiology major, students may currently choose six options:
Athletic Training (KNAT). This degree track allows the student to obtain the academic preparation and practical experience necessary to sit for the Texas Department of Health licensing examination for Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) in the state of Texas and to further matriculate into a Masters of Athletic Training program, should they so desire. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for acceptance into and for remaining in the KNAT degree track.
Health Promotion (KNHP). Kinesiology professionals may choose to pursue careers in commercial, community, corporate, or clinical settings. They help individuals achieve fitness, nutrition, and/or wellness goals by analyzing needs and interests before planning individualized or group programs. Students and graduates may promote fitness/wellness among athletes, students, employees, the elderly, or other community members. Students will be given the opportunity to pursue certification as personal trainers and engage in specific career-related internships.
Kinesiology Generalist (KGEN). This degree track allows students the flexibility to obtain academic preparation inclusive of laboratory and practical experiences necessary to enter medical school or graduate programs in allied health, graduate exercise science, and associated fields. The natural flexibility furthermore serves to accommodate academic preparation for entrance into Occupational and Physical Therapy programs with the redundancy of degree offering being most vital for transfer students and students switching into KINE (or between KINE tracks) but with aspirations towards OT or PT rehabilitative work.
Pre-Physical Therapy (KNPT). Students who wish to pursue professional graduate programs in Physical Therapy must complete all of the pre-requisites for entry into those programs. The KNPT track provides all of the pre-requisites for Physical Therapy schools, in addition to key Kinesiology courses designed to enhance the chances of success in graduate school. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for acceptance into and for remaining in the KNPT degree track.
Pre-Occupational Therapy (KNOT). Students who wish to pursue professional graduate programs in Occupational Therapy must complete all of the pre-requisites for entry into those programs. The KNOT track provides all of the pre-requisites for Occupational Therapy schools, in addition to key Kinesiology courses designed to enhance the chances of success in graduate school. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for acceptance into and for remaining in the KNOT degree track.
Sport and Recreation Management (KSRM). Students who desire careers in recreation settings such as camps, YMCA, YWCA, city recreation programs, or similar settings; or those who wish to work in intramural administration or athletic administration, may wish to seek the KSRM degree. The track allows for a number of electives that may be used to focus on a specific career goal. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for acceptance into and for remaining in the KSRM degree track.
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition prepares students to serve and lead others through living and teaching healthful nutrition practices and wellness lifestyles. Christian values and ethics are encouraged in any area of nutrition the student chooses. Students may declare Nutrition as a major with a concentration in Exercise Science, Community, Food Service, or the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process as described below. The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND, a division of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). ACEND’s address and phone number are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400. Below are details concerning the concentrations in Nutrition.
- Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration (NDPD). Students who are interested in becoming Registered Dietitians may apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) after passing 60 hours through a formal application and interview process. Transfer students or current students wishing to change their major may also apply to the DPD after passing 60 hours, after taking at least 6 hours of nutrition courses at ACU, and having been a nutrition major at ACU for at least two semesters. A GPA of 3.2 is required for entrance into and for remaining in the DPD. Graduates of the DPD are prepared to enter dietetic internships, after which they may sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Registered Dietitians may find employment in healthcare facilities, community and public health nutrition programs, other government entities, private practice, school nutrition programs, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, university education, research, sales, marketing, restaurant management, and food companies.
- Exercise Science concentration (NUEX). An increased emphasis is placed on health promotion in our society today. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity on most days. Other national organizations have similar recommendations. Nutrition for exercise and sport is extremely important for individuals to stay healthy before, during, and after exercise. Graduates with the Exercise Science concentration are trained to counsel individuals concerning proper nutrition practices in wellness centers or other exercise-related settings such as gyms or sport facilities. They also receive baseline preparation for personal training.
- Community concentration (NUCO). Nutrition professionals are in demand to educate the public in various settings. Graduates of the Community concentration are trained to effectively communicate nutrition messages to individuals and the public. They may find employment with AgriLife Extension, school nutrition programs, supermarkets, or in public health/government nutrition programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
- Food Service concentration (NUFS). The food service industry affects virtually every person living in the U.S., and employment opportunities are expected to increase. Graduates of the Food Service concentration are trained in food management, food marketing principles, and food safety. They may find employment in school nutrition programs, food service facilities or restaurants as managers, or health departments as food inspectors.
Sheila Jones, Chair
Melissa Long, Program Director
ACU Box 28084
Abilene, TX 79699-8084
Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Room 257
The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program provides comprehensive coursework and clinical experience for students who seek further knowledge in the field of athletic training. The program will provide the students with classroom academic coursework, hands-on laboratory classes, and diverse clinical experiences all while reinforcing Christ-centered values.
Experiential learning is an integral part of our Master in Athletic Training program. Students will be required to complete a clinical experience class every semester. Additionally, they will have two immersion experiences that will last at least four weeks during which students will work alongside an athletic trainer learning all aspects of the profession. This ensures that our graduates will have adequate real-world and hands-on experience as athletic trainers so they are proficient on the first day of their jobs.
Another emphasis in this MAT program is research and contribution to the profession of Athletic Training. As a non-thesis program, students will be required to complete research projects and submit abstracts for presentation at a regional or national conference, or submit an article for publication. All research projects are overseen by a faculty member.
The demand for athletic trainers across all practice settings is increasing, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the athletic training profession will grow 21% by 2022. There is tremendous opportunity for job growth in the secondary school setting as NATA advocates for the gold standard of at least one full time athletic trainer in each secondary school. As parents, athletes, coaches, and school administrators become more aware of the long-term effects of concussion and injury, the importance of youth sports safety and the effectiveness of athletic trainers in prevention and rehabilitation, more schools are demanding full time athletic trainers to keep student athletes safe.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated that all Athletic Training Education programs provide master entry-level degrees to graduates by 2022. In response to this mandate, ACU will be one of the few AT programs to offer a Master of Athletic Training program in 2018.
ACU is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study as part of the accreditation process on July 1, 2019. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.
NOTE: The program provides 55 hours of graduate coursework and will qualify graduates to sit for the State of Texas Athletic Training Licensure exam. The program will seek national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). After CAATE accreditation is earned, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) exam.
*Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
In addition to the general graduate admissions requirements, in order to gain admission to the master of Athletic Training program, applicants must meet these specific program requirements:
- Bachelor’s Degree - Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must submit official transcripts for review. Admission is made on the assumption that applicants will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the MAT program admission is void. The GRE is not required.
- Prerequisite Coursework – All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. Prerequisite courses include:
- Biology … 3-4 hours
- Chemistry … 3-4 hours
- Human Anatomy (or A&P I) … 3-4 hours
- Human Physiology (or A&P II) … 3-4 hours
- Physics … 3-4 hours
- Psychology … 3 hours
- Exercise Physiology and/or Kinesiology/Biomechanics … 3 hours
- Statistics … 3 hours
- Nutrition … 3 hours
- GPA – An overall GPA of 3.2 is required to apply. Prerequisite and general science course grades will be reviewed.
- Observation Hours – Fifty hours of observation directly supervised by a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer in the spring semester prior to enrollment at ACU are required. Observation hours must be documented and signed by the supervising Athletic Trainer on the required form.
- Letters of Recommendation – Each applicant must obtain three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be completed by individuals who:
- Have supervised observation hours during any healthcare-related volunteer or paid work;
- Are previous or present instructors and/or advisors;
- Are previous or present employers; and/or
- Are healthcare professionals.
Letters of recommendation should include elements demonstrating the applicant’s willingness to learn, integrity, perseverance, and ability to interact with patients/clients. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the ATCAS Application.
- Personal Statement – A written statement (600-800 words) describing how professional goals, interests, and faith led you to apply to the Master of Athletic Training program at ACU.
Applicants for the MAT program must complete both an ATCAS Application and an ACU Graduate Programs Application. Application must occur by completing the following steps:
- ATCAS Application – The ATCAS Application can be accessed through the following link: https://atcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
- NOTE: There is an $85 application fee associated with the ATCAS application paid by the student. This is a one-time fee charged by ATCAS. The ATCAS application can be used to apply for other MAT programs as well.
- ACU Graduate Programs Application – The ACU Graduate Application can be accessed through the following link: https://acu-grad.edu.185r.net/application/login/
- NOTE: There is a $50 application fee associated with the ACU graduate application. This fee will be waived for current ACU students who apply.
Sheila Jones, Chair
Sheila Jones, Program Director
Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition
ACU Box 28084
Abilene, Texas 79699
Sheila Jones, Associate Professor of Nutrition
Martha Smallwood, Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Kay Williams, Instructor
The Master of Science in Nutrition provides comprehensive coursework for Dietetic Interns who seek further knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics. The coursework complements the community and poverty focus of the ACU Dietetic Internship.
This program provides 36 hours of coursework and will qualify graduates to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians along with completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship.
The mission of the Nutrition program is to prepare graduates for successful careers as Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists who are committed to servant leadership while modeling Christian values. The program will prepare graduates to utilize nutrition-related knowledge and skills to improve the quality of health and well-being among individuals with limited resources.
The program will prepare graduates to:
- Offer services to those in need through church or community outreach.
- Obtain employment in nutrition/dietetics or a related field.
- Assume leadership roles in the workplace and/or professional organizations.
Step 1: Apply and be matched to a dietetic internship through Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS).
DICAS is an online application service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 11, 2018.
The admission requirements for a dietetic internship are:
- A completed online dietetic internship application with a nonrefundable application fee. Access the following link to apply through DICAS by the deadline stated above: https://portal.dicas.org;
- Three or four letters of recommendation. (The standard requirement for most sites is three letters of recommendation. A maximum of four letters of recommendation can be attached per site. Upon submission, it is the applicant’s responsibility to indicate which letters they wish to have sent to the individual sites.);
- Official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- A personal statement (Address the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals; how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics; experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and your philosophy of working with the impoverished.);
- A personal résumé; and
- Completed registration with D&D Digital for the computer match and ranking of each of the dietetic internships to which you are applying by the computer match deadline date. D&D Digital is the company that matches applicants with Dietetic Internships. Use the following link to access the D&D Digital website: http://www.dnddigital.com.
All documents and information uploaded to DICAS by students who apply to the ACU Dietetic Internship will be made available to the ACU selection committee. Once a student has been matched with the ACU Dietetic Internship, he or she should complete additional requirements listed below for the M.S. in Nutrition.
Step 2: Apply to the ACU Office of Graduate Programs.
The admission requirements for the M.S. in Nutrition also include:
- A completed online ACU graduate programs application for admission with a nonrefundable $50 application fee;
- A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses including the sciences, statistics, and management; and
- Completed requirements in an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Applicants who have already completed a dietetic internship at ACU or are currently completing a dietetic internship at ACU should request admission to the M.S. in Nutrition by completing an online ACU graduate programs application for admission with a nonrefundable $50 application fee. Additionally, these applicants must meet all admission requirements as stated above in Step 2.
Applicants who have already completed a dietetic internship at another institution or are currently completing a dietetic internship at another institution should complete all requirements in Step 2 in addition to the following:
- Submit three letters of recommendation;
- Submit official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; and
- Submit a personal statement. The personal statement should address the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals; how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics; experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and your philosophy of working with the impoverished.
Sheila Jones, Chair
Kay Williams, Dietetic Internship Director
Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition
ACU Box 28084
Abilene, Texas 79699
ACU at CitySquare
511 N. Akard, Suite 202
Dallas, TX 75201
Sheila Jones, Associate Professor of Nutrition
Martha Smallwood, Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Abilene Christian University’s Dietetic Internship program is a 15-hour graduate-level certificate program designed to prepare students with the academic and clinical training to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians through unique experiences that focus on community and poverty.
The program, which is located in Dallas in partnership with ACU at CitySquare, is one of the first programs in the nation to offer an internship program with an emphasis on “Poverty and Community”. The internship program is 44 weeks and includes 35 weeks of supervised practice rotations, 1 week of orientation, 5 weeks of holidays/vacation, and a 3-week weight management course that takes place before the week of orientation. The internship cycle will begin in August and end in June of each year.
The mission of the Abilene Christian University Dietetic Internship is to equip interns who model Christian values to become Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists to lead and empower individuals, especially those with economic need, to achieve better nutrition and healthier lifestyles. Consistent with the mission of CitySquare, interns will focus their time on the issues of hunger, health, housing, and hope.
- Hunger - Interns will address hunger of those in poverty by working in the Opportunity Center Food Bank and the Summer Feeding Programs through CitySquare. The internship schedule will include several clinical rotations including but not limited to bariatric, cardiac, endocrinology, intensive care, oncology, pediatric, renal, surgical, and general medical.
- Health - Along with the clinical experiences, an outpatient counseling rotation will address health of the clientele using knowledge gained in the clinical rotations.
- Housing - Indirectly, housing will be addressed through intern involvement in teaching basic selection, procurement, and preparation of healthful meals for home use in the CitySquare demonstration kitchen.
- Hope - Hope is manifested in education and gaining skills for employment. Dietetic interns will be instrumental in helping teach basic culinary and food service skills in the food production kitchen and café at the Opportunity Center at CitySquare.
The ACU Dietetic Internship has received Candidacy Status for Accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Step 1: Apply to Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services.
The application process for Dietetic Internship applicants differs some from other ACU graduate programs. Applicants must first apply on the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) online applicant portal. The DICAS Online is a service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and offers applicants a convenient, state-of-the-art, web-based application service. The DICAS application may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 12, 2017.
The admission requirements for the DICAS are:
- Complete a dietetic internship application and submit the application fee;
- Submit three or four letters of recommendation. (The standard requirement for most sites is 3 letters of reference. A maximum of four letters of recommendation can be attached per site. Upon submission, it is the applicants’ responsibility to indicate which letters they wish to have sent to the individual sites);
- Submit any/all official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution). The transcript must indicate a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- Submit a personal statement;
- Submit a personal résumé;
- Register with D&D Digital for the computer match, and rank each of the dietetic internships that you are applying to by the computer match deadline date. D&D Digital is the company that matches applicants with Dietetic Internships. Use the following link to access the D&D Digital Web site: http://www.dnddigital.com.
Step 2: Apply to Abilene Christian University Dietetic Internship program.
Once the student has been matched with the ACU Dietetic Internship, he or she should apply separately for admission to ACU.
The admission requirements for the ACU Dietetic Internship program:
- Complete an online ACU application for admission;
- Submit a nonrefundable $25 application fee;
- Submit any/all official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- Hold a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or a related field;
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses including the sciences, statistics, and management;
- Submit a personal statement which includes the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals (after completing the dietetic internship); please address how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics, describe experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and please explain your philosophy of working with the impoverished; and
- Applicants must have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements in an accredited program as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
ProgramsMaster of Athletic TrainingMaster of ScienceBachelor of Science
- Kinesiology, Athletic Training, BS (KINE-KNAT)
- Kinesiology, Generalist, BS (KINE-KGEN)
- Kinesiology, Health Promotion, BS (KINE-KNHP)
- Kinesiology, Pre-Occupational Therapy, BS (KINE-KNOT)
- Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy, BS (KINE-KNPT)
- Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, BS (KINE-KSRM)
- Nutrition, Community Concentration, BS (NUTR-NUCO)
- Nutrition, Didactic Program in Dietetics, BS (NUTR-NDPD)
- Nutrition, Exercise Science, BS (NUTR-NUEX)
- Nutrition, Food Service, BS (NUTR-NUFS)
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