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 YMCA. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC found here.  During the advising process, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.  

Keith A. Fields, MS
Program Director - Health/Physical Education
Guilford Technical Community College
Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA Office #118
601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
336-334-4822 x 50188
kafields@gtcc.edu

Sabrina Johnson, MS
Assistant Professor – Health/Physical Education
Jamestown Campus YMCA, #115
601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
336-334-4822 x 50288
shjohnson@gtcc.edu

Chrissy J. Smith, MS
Associate Professor - Health/Physical Education
Guilford Technical Community College
Ragsdale YMCA Campus, Room 117
601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
336-334-4822 x 50643
cjsmith@gtcc.edu

Timothy Mounce, PhD
Associate Professor - Health/Physical Education
Guilford Technical Community College
601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
336-334-4822 x 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. Select 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. For information about these services, click here.

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.