Transfer Courses – Health and Physical Education

The GTCC Health and Physical Education classes align with general education elective courses and prepare you for transfer to undergraduate BS degree programs that emphasize career pathways in related areas of kinesiology, exercise science, sports medicine, health promotion and wellness. These career pathways are becoming more and more crucial as preventative measures offered through these affiliated degrees intersect both the healthcare and medical communities.

The GTCC Health and Physical Education courses on the Jamestown campus are taught at the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCANote: Jamestown YMCA classes may include a facility membership. For questions regarding the YMCA and its policies or procedures, please refer to the website and application links. For program questions,  contact

HEA 110 Personal Health > Introduction to basic personal health and wellness.

HEA 112 First Aid/CPR > Introduces the basics of emergency first aid treatment.

HEA 120 Community Health > Deals with community health and school hygiene issues.

HEA 130 Adult Sexuality > Provides information about health issues related to adult human sexuality. Topics include basic reproductive anatomy, contraceptive methods, STDs, and related information. 

PED 110 Fit and Well for Life > Learn the concepts and principles of lifetime physical fitness.

PED 111 Physical Fitness I > Provides an individualized approach to physical fitness.

PED 113 Aerobics I > Introduces a program of cardiovascular fitness.

PED 117 Weight Training I > Learn the basics of weight training

PED 119 Circuit Training > Covers the skills needed for a developmental fitness program.

PED 122 Yoga I > Introduces the basic discipline of yoga.

PED 125 Self-Defense > Develop basic skills in self-defense.

PED 128 Golf - Beginning > Learn the basics of golf.

PED 139 Bowling - Beginning > Learn the basics of bowling.

PED 143 Volleyball - Beginning > Learn the basics of volleyball.

PED 145 Basketball - Beginning > Learn the basics of basketball.

PED 157 Pickleball > Learn the basics of pickleball.

PED 165 Sport Science As A Career > Learn about career opportunities in the field of Exercise and Sport Science.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are not a current GTCC student taking curriculum classes, you will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC found at Your Path to Success at GTCC before you can register for health and physical education courses.

Once you have enrolled to the college, registration for college level classes is done online through WebAdvisor. Get more information and instructions on registering for classes online

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Sabrina Johnson, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Jamestown Campus YMCA, #115
601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
(336) 334-4822, ext. 50288

Chrissy J. Smith, M.S.
Associate Professor
Guilford Technical Community College
Ragsdale YMCA Campus, Room 117
601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
(336) 334-4822, ext. 50643

Timothy Mounce, Ph.D.
Guilford Technical Community College
601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
(336) 334-4822, ext. 50714

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 option 3.

The GTCC Health and Physical Education program is an open enrollment program. Particular second year biology courses of anatomy and physiology should be factored into program mapping.

There are no initial supplies required. In the later stages of the program certain opportunities will be provided for industry certifications and credentials that may require additional registration/application fees.

There are many student support services available to GTCC students. Get information about these services.

Kinesiology, taken from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and kinein (to move), is the science and study of human movement. Kinesiology also often referenced as exercise and sport science focuses on physical activity and applies scientifically based principles to the analysis, preservation, enhancement and rehabilitation of human movement in relation to life activities.

  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Health Promotion
  • Physical Or Occupational Therapy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Master’s And Doctoral Programs

Job shadowing and networking can help you find the best fit for your interests.  Reaching out to professionals in your field of interest can give you an inside look at careers and opportunities.

There are certifying organizations such as the American College of Sports medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and Functional Movement Systems (FMS). Depending on a student’s proficiency and academic degree level, he or she may be eligible at either the associates and/or bachelor degree level for various certifications. Licensure could come as a part a bachelor transfer program as in Sports Medicine for a Certified Athletic Trainer designation or in a Physical Therapy program as a Physical Therapy or Physical Therapy Assistant.