School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
John Sigg, Interim Dean
Margaret L. Arnold, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Helen Larin, Associate Dean of Graduate and Clinical Studies
For full faculty listing, see “Faculty and Administration.”
We are a community of learners who prepare health care, health, sport, and leisure professionals for lifelong practice and scholarship.
We meet this mission by:
fostering interdisciplinary collaboration within and between academic and professional settings.
using experiential learning as a means to integrate theory and scholarship with professional practice.
using scholarship, in all of its forms, to advance knowledge and practice.
Students who graduate from our degree programs have career opportunities including rehabilitating people in clinical settings; coaching athletes; designing fitness programs for individuals or within corporate settings; working within a sport organization, government health agency, or community setting; managing hospitals and nursing homes; teaching health and physical education; leading outdoor adventure pursuits; and working as a recreation manager in the hotel or leisure industry.
Hallmarks for Student Success
Wide Choice of Programs
HSHP currently enrolls more than 1,600 full-time students in more than 18 different undergraduate degree programs and 8 graduate programs (7 M.S. degrees/concentrations and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy). In addition, students can choose from a variety of minors, concentrations (e.g., nutrition) and emphases (e.g., medical sciences) within some of the undergraduate majors. The wide breadth of programs ensures that students can find a major in HSHP that will meet their life goals. Upon graduation, students interested in developing further depth in an area can advance to graduate studies in many departments.
The HSHP Preprofessional Program is available for freshmen and sophomores who are undecided about a particular major but interested in related fields. Students receive intensive guidance and academic advisement concerning program choices before declaring a major.
Faculty as Advisers, Mentors, and Research Partners
The strength of an HSHP degree emerges from a dedicated faculty who believe in and practice their areas of expertise and engage in scholarship and research with their students while fully supporting the integration of the liberal arts and sciences into their professional programs.
National Academic Reputation
HSHP students consistently perform above national averages in all programs that require licensure or certification exams. We strive to produce highly prepared entry-level professionals.
Alpha Eta National Honor Society
In March 2009, the Departments of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College applied for and received a charter for a chapter of the Alpha Eta Society (AES). Founded in 1975 at the University of Florida, this national scholastic honor society for the allied health professions was formed to promote and recognize significant scholarship in, leadership in, and contributions to the field. Active membership in the Ithaca chapter of the society consists of candidates for a baccalaureate or a graduate degree in an allied health program, candidates for postdegree certificates in allied health programs, faculty in allied health programs, and alumni of such programs. (http://www.alphaeta.net/)
Students in HSHP have myriad opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom. The importance of experiential learning is demonstrated by our affiliation with over 1,500 sites and organizations, located throughout the United States and abroad, where our students complete fieldwork and internships. In addition, the school houses a faculty/staff wellness clinic, an occupational/physical therapy clinic, the Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic, athletic training facilities, and the Center for Life Skills (a center emphasizing a team approach to health care). Each year more than 700 HSHP students complete field experiences as part of their academic program. Annual faculty-led study abroad gives students an opportunity for a global experience.
Employment in One’s Chosen Field
Over 90 percent of HSHP graduates find employment in their field or a related field or are accepted into graduate schools of their choice within one year of graduation. In the past two years the rate was over 95 percent.
Academic Programs and Options
Athletic Training, B.S.
Clinical Exercise Science, B.S.
Clinical Health Studies/Physical Therapy, B.S./D.P.T., six-year program1
Exercise Science, B.S.
Exercise and Sport Sciences, M.S.
Health Care Management, B.S.
Health Sciences, B.S.
Occupational Science, B.S.
Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy, B.S./M.S., five-year program1
Occupational Therapy, M.S.1
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, B.S.
Public and Community Health, B.S.
Recreation Management, B.S.
Speech-Language Pathology, B.S.
Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.1
Sport Management, B.S.
Sport Media, B.S.
Sport Studies, B.A.
Therapeutic Recreation, B.S.
Teacher Education Programs
Health Education, B.S. (teaching)
Health Education and Physical Education, B.S. (teaching)
Physical Education, B.S. (teaching)
Health Education, M.S. (teaching)1
Physical Education, M.S. (teaching)1
Speech-Language Pathology with Teaching Certification, M.S.
1 For more information, see the Ithaca College graduate catalog. (http://www.ithaca.edu/catalogs/index.php)
HSHP Preprofessional Program — Freshmen and Sophomores Only
As an alternative to being admitted to one of the professional majors, a student may be admitted to preprofessional status in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP). This admission and advising category is offered for students who are interested in careers related to health, health care, sport, or leisure but are uncertain of the professional major they want to pursue. It is, therefore, a temporary classification only. After one semester in the program, students are free to apply to majors in HSHP or apply for transfer to another school of the College. Students are strongly advised to gain admission to a major before registration for their fourth semester or by the time they have earned 60 credits. They must be admitted to a major at the College before their junior year. To ensure meeting these deadlines, students should begin their efforts to decide on a major considerably earlier. For more information visit the Office of Preprofessional Studies' website. (http://www.ithaca.edu/hshp/index.php)
Minors and Concentrations
Coaching — For majors in all disciplines except physical education and health education and physical education. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Communication disorders — For majors in all disciplines except speech-language pathology. See Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Deaf studies — For majors in all disciplines. See Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Exercise science — For majors in all disciplines except exercise science, clinical exercise science, and athletic training. See Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences.
Health — For majors in all disciplines except health education and health and physical education. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Health policy and management — For majors in all disciplines except health care management. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Integrative health studies — For majors in all disciplines. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Nutrition promotion — For majors in all disciplines except health education, health education and physical education or health sciences - nutrition emphasis. Students in health education or health education and physical education may complete a concentration in nutrition promotion by following the requirements of this minor. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Occupational science — For majors in all disciplines except occupational therapy. See Department of Occupational Therapy.
Outdoor pursuits — For majors in all disciplines except outdoor adventure leadership, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation. See Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
Recreation — For majors in all disciplines except outdoor adventure leadership, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation. See Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
Sport and exercise psychology — For majors in all disciplines. See Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences.
Sport studies — For majors in all disciplines except sport management, sport media, and sport studies. See Department of Sport Management and Media.
Nutrition promotion — Open only to health education and health education and physical education majors; see nutrition promotion minor. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Applications for the minors and concentration listed are available in the appropriate departmental office. Students who have majors in the school and are interested in completing any of these programs should work closely with their adviser and department chair to ensure timely graduation. Students considering a minor or concentration must abide by College policies and regulations for these programs. Students may only select ONE minor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
In accordance with College regulations that relate specifically to minors, all departments in HSHP have determined that a course that is a requirement in a student’s major and also a requirement in one of the above minors may count for credit to meet the requirements of both the major and the minor.
Departments reserve the right to limit enrollment in minors.
Teacher education students in any major may also apply for coaching certification.
Physical Activity, Leisure, and Safety
The Department of Athletics maintains the physical activity, leisure, and safety (PALS) program, which offers a broad spectrum of skill courses designed to provide students with instruction at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in physical activities that meet individual student interests and needs. Majors and nonmajors are encouraged to participate in PALS. More information about the PALS program can be found at the PALS website. (http://www.ithaca.edu/hshp/pals/)
Ithaca Seminars (4 credits) are required for all incoming first-year students. See Integrative Core Curriculum for details.
HSHP students are encouraged to pursue international study. One option is the College’s London Center, which features a seminar on the national health system in Great Britain and offers social service internships in health administration. In addition, the London Center offers a variety of courses in sport management and media during the school year and summer. Other options for international study include HINT 31300 Health Care and Culture: An International Field Experience and RLS 27700 Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management.
Students should consult with their faculty advisers well in advance to ensure that study abroad is scheduled as compatibly as possible with their professional courses at Ithaca and that they have established an adequate foundation for it through their Ithaca work. The staff of the Office of International Programs, 214 Center for Health Sciences, is also available to assist students in their planning.
Ithaca College in New York City (ICNYC) Program (http://www.ithaca.edu/oip/nyc/)
The bustle, energy, and opportunity at the center of the world lies only four hours from Ithaca. As a major intersection of international culture and commerce, New York City is a metropolis of possibilities for Ithaca College students. The semester-long ICNYC program is open to students from all five schools. Classroom-based and online courses are available for students. Classroom and meeting space is provided by the The Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) Conference Center located in mid-town Manhattan. ICNYC is designed to let students live and gain real work experience in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.
Internships and Experiential Learning
Many of the programs in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance have degree requirements in which students must complete one or more field-based experiences. In all instances students will work with a faculty member to select and arrange appropriate experiences. Students are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation and housing associated with their placement. The Office of Experiential Learning, Smiddy 320, serves to coordinate contractual arrangements with sites, as well as insurance billing. Specific departmental requirements can be found at Office of Experiential Learning.
In addition to the courses listed in this catalog, others may be offered on an experimental basis. Details of such courses are given in the Undergraduate Course Offerings for the semester in which they are offered. Students should consult the registrar’s website for specific information on the schedule of all courses each semester.
Unless otherwise designated, courses are open to all Ithaca College students on a space-available basis, provided that the prerequisites for the course have been met.
Many of the programs in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Because these credentialing processes are designed to protect the public from practitioners who are unqualified, unscrupulous, or unable to perform professional services adequately, credentialing agencies may bar individuals from subsequent credentials and/or practice. Activities that may exclude students from licensure and/or certification include, but are not limited to,
- conviction of, plea of guilty to, or plea of no contest (nolo contendere ) to a felony or misdemeanor related to professional practice or public health or safety; or
- any physical, mental, or dependency condition that will or may interfere with the ability to practice the designated specialty.
Students should check with the relevant licensing or certifying agencies for requirements in this area early in their academic careers.
Policies and Procedures
At the end of each semester, students who have shown outstanding academic achievement are placed on the dean’s list. To be included on the dean’s list in HSHP, a student must meet all of the following criteria:
- earn a minimum grade point average of 3.70,
- complete a minimum of 15 credits, of which at least 12 are graded (not pass/fail or Satisfactory/D/F option), and
- have no final grades of D, F, or I (incomplete).
HSHP Undergraduate Course Grade Appeal Policy
The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance follows the general Ithaca College policy on grade disputes and students’ right to petition, described in the “Academic Information” section of this catalog. See Credit and Grade Information and Academic Affairs Information.
Each student assumes responsibility for presenting all the facts and circumstances concerning a grade appeal. For the procedures for an HSHP undergraduate course grade appeal, see the policy on the “HSHP Community” section of the school’s website. (http://www.ithaca.edu/hshp/students/gradeappeal/)
Academic Status Policy
The general academic status policy of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance follows the College guidelines for warning, suspension, and dismissal, set out in the “Academic Affairs Information” section of this catalog.
To meet minimum College academic standards, a student must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and pass at least 24 credits of coursework in any consecutive 12-month period. This policy applies to all students in the school, in addition to other standards specifically established by individual programs, except that the requirement of 24 credits with a passing grade in a consecutive 12-month period does not apply to part-time students. Special academic status policies exist for most majors in HSHP.
A student who fails to meet any of the minimum GPA and credit-hour standards stated above and who is not suspended or dismissed will be placed on academic warning. Any student returning to the College after suspension or dismissal for academic reasons will also have this warning status for the first semester of reinstatement.
A student on warning must earn removal from this status by meeting all of the minimum requirements at the end of the following semester. Where a grade deficiency exists, the student must attain a semester GPA sufficiently above the 2.00 standard to result in a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 by the end of the following semester.
Suspension and Dismissal
Failure to meet the standards necessary for removal from warning after one semester will render the student subject to suspension or dismissal from both the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance and Ithaca College.
After an official warning, a student may be dismissed from a degree program for failure to make satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Such a student may be admitted to another degree program in the school or College and will have one semester in which to become enrolled in another major or be subject to suspension from the College.
A student will be suspended (rather than dismissed) only when it appears reasonably likely that previous weaknesses will be remedied and minimum requirements will be attained through the student’s successful completion of prescribed remedial measures during suspension. A suspended student is eligible to resume academic work in the school only at the time and under the conditions specified in his or her letter of suspension.
A student who is dismissed by HSHP will not be readmitted to one of the school’s programs under any circumstances.
The College’s policy regarding attendance applies to students’ class absences in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Professors, however, have discretion in interpreting and implementing this policy. Students who wish to participate in extracurricular or cocurricular activities that may necessitate absence from class should discuss the possibility of absences with their instructor at the beginning of the semester. The course syllabus should be consulted for the attendance policy of a particular class. Students should be certain that they fully understand each instructor’s position on absence from classes. For more information see the College’s attendance policy in the “Academic Information” section of this catalog. See Registration and Course Information.
Transfer into the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Both internal and external transfer applicants are selectively admitted into HSHP. All students intending to transfer should first contact the department in which their intended major is offered. Those transferring from another Ithaca College department must meet with the appropriate HSHP department chair or designee. Students from other institutions are encouraged to call ahead to arrange for a similar meeting when they visit the College. Satisfactory academic performance is the major requirement for acceptance. On request, a list of courses recommended for potential transfer students is available from the chair of each department or the transfer coordinator for the Department of Physical Therapy.
General Requirements for Internal and External Transfer
The following requirements must be met by students transferring from within Ithaca College. Students transferring from other institutions must satisfy these requirements in addition to the requirements for admission to Ithaca College.
- The professional requirements in most programs in HSHP demand a precise sequencing of courses. For this reason, early transfer into a program is encouraged. A late transfer may require a student to attend summer sessions or defer graduation. Ithaca College students who wish to transfer into any particular department may obtain a change-of-major/school form on the Registrar's website.
- To be admitted to a department in HSHP, it is generally required that the student have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and have completed at least 24 credit hours in the preceding 12 months. However, most degree programs are much more competitive than this.
Specific Departmental Transfer Requirements
Specific departmental transfer requirements for the following programs exceed the general requirements.
Exercise and sport sciences: For the athletic training major or the clinical exercise science major, an Ithaca College student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 or 2.50, respectively. Additionally, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 or 2.75, respectively, in the specific requirements of the major and selected exercise science courses that have been completed by that time, with no grade below C- in any of those courses. Transfer into athletic training is limited to available openings and is highly competitive. Students must transfer initially into the exercise science major. On completion of required sophomore courses, the student is reviewed for admission into the athletic training science major. For sophomore review criteria, see the “Exercise and Sport Sciences” section.
Health promotion and physical education: Admission to the following majors requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50: health education, health education and physical education, and physical education. Additionally, these majors require a 2.75 average in selected core courses specified in applicable special academic status policies, with no grade below C in any of these courses.
Occupational therapy: Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry after the first semester of the freshman year and as late as the end of the second semester of the sophomore year when space permits. Applicants seeking transfer into the occupational science/occupational therapy (OT) program should have a 3.0 minimum GPA, or grades of C or better in all science courses, including biology and chemistry. They should have completed a total of 57 credits applicable to the occupational science degree or be in a position to do so by the end of the fourth semester. Early transfer is encouraged. Students transferring at the end of the sophomore year must have completed all coursework and be eligible to register for the required junior-level courses outlined in the program curriculum guidelines. Students interested in transferring into the department are encouraged to contact the department for an advising appointment as early as possible to receive a list of specific prerequisite courses and assistance in academic planning. Transfer into the OT major is limited to available openings.
Physical therapy: Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry after the first semester of the freshman year and as late as the end of the second semester of the junior year when space permits. Applicants seeking to transfer into the clinical health studies/physical therapy program (D.P.T.) should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a 3.00 or better in natural science coursework. Students must be in a position to complete all specified prerequisites by the end of the sixth semester. Prerequisites include 8 credits each in biology for science majors, chemistry for science majors, and physics, 3 credits of anatomy, two .5 credits introductory courses to the profession and practice of physical therapy, and 3 credits in clinical physiology. Applicants must also be in a position to complete all Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) requirements and a minor before entering the professional phase of the program. Specific information on transfer admission requirements — including requirements relating to nonnative speakers, letters of recommendation, and clinical experience — is available from the Office of Admission or the physical therapy department website. (http://www.ithaca.edu/hshp/depts/pt/)
Recreation and leisure studies: Applicants seeking transfer into this department should have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA and no grade below C- in any course offered by the department. Acceptance to department programs is also based on a composite of other factors, including interest, proficiency, practical experience, and leadership potential in the leisure, recreation, and park profession. Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry as late as the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. Earlier transfer is encouraged to facilitate timely graduation. Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the chair.
Speech-language pathology and audiology: Requirements for transfer into this department include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and no grade below C- in any speech-language pathology and audiology course completed. Transfer after the second semester of the freshman year may extend the student’s program of study by at least one year.
Sport management and media: Students planning to transfer into either sport management or sport media, when openings are available, should have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Sport management applicants should demonstrate proficiency in mathematics; sport media applicants should demonstrate proficiency in writing. Transfer into sport management, sport media, sport studies, and the sport studies minor is limited to available openings and is highly competitive.
Transfer Credit for Occasional Study at Another Institution
HSHP students may take courses at another accredited college or university for transfer credit, provided prior written permission for the credit has been obtained. Petition forms for transfer credit are available at the registrar’s office and must be fully completed, submitted, and approved to secure such credit. For regulations on transfer credit, see the "Credit and Grade Information" section of this catalog.
Students who consider taking courses elsewhere should be aware that their last 30 credits must be taken at Ithaca College. This requirement is waived only in very special circumstances. For regulations concerning the petition for waiver of the senior credit requirement, see the “Graduation and Program Regulations” section.
The curricula of most degree programs in the school involve expenses not covered by tuition for the academic year. These may include the cost of summer tuition, liability insurance, books, off-campus housing, transportation, and equipment. Such costs apply to summer internships and clinical education, which may be elected by students in clinical exercise science, exercise science, outdoor adventure leadership, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreation management, speech-language pathology and audiology, sport management, sport media, and therapeutic recreation.
- Athletic training majors must pay for malpractice liability insurance as juniors and seniors, as must some interns in clinical exercise science.
- Clinical exercise science and exercise science students are responsible for transportation, housing, and all other costs associated with their fieldwork and internship placements. Depending on the scope and nature of the placement, some students must also pay for malpractice liability insurance.
- Clinical health studies/physical therapy (D.P.T.) majors must pay tuition and other expenses associated with 8 credits of coursework during the summer prior to the senior (fourth) year. They must pay additional tuition for 4 credits of clinical affiliation during the summer following the senior year and 6 credits of clinical affiliation during the summer at the end of the final year, in addition to other associated costs for each clinical affiliation (room, board, transportation, and liability insurance).
- Heath care management majors must pay tuition, room, board, and other expenses associated with the internship credits if they are taken over the summer following the junior year.
- Health education and physical education students must pay room, board, and other expenses associated with student teaching placements.
- Health sciences and public and community health students must pay room, board, and other expenses associated with fieldwork and internships.
- Occupational science/occupational therapy majors must pay tuition, room, board, and other expenses associated with 6 credits of coursework if taken in Rochester, New York, during the summer following the junior (third) year or 5 credits of coursework if taken in Ithaca, New York. Occupational therapy majors must pay additional tuition for 6 credits of fieldwork during the summer before and 10 credits of fieldwork following coursework in the graduate year, and they are responsible for associated room, board, book, transportation, liability insurance, and other expenses. They are also responsible for the cost of transportation and liability insurance during practicums in their last two undergraduate years and during their graduate study and fieldwork.
- Speech-language pathology and audiology majors are responsible for the cost of malpractice liability insurance and for transportation costs associated with off campus clinical placements.
- Sport management and media students are responsible for transportation, housing, and all other costs associated with their internship and fieldwork placements.
- Outdoor adventure leadership, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation majors are responsible for the cost of liability insurance when enrolled in fieldwork and internship courses. Outdoor adventure leadership majors are responsible for purchasing their personal outdoor gear. Occasionally, students are charged an additional one-time fee to cover course expenses related to equipment, facility rental, certification fees, or travel.
For more information see “Expenses” in the “Student Information” section.
In addition to the undergraduate degree programs offered by its academic departments, the school offers a variety of graduate opportunities.
- The five-year program in occupational science/occupational therapy awards a B.S. degree in occupational science at the end of the fourth year and an M.S. degree in occupational therapy at the end of the fifth year.
- The six-year program in clinical health studies/physical therapy awards a B.S. degree in clinical health studies at the end of the fourth year and a doctorate in physical therapy (D.P.T.) at the end of the sixth year.
- The graduate curriculum leading to an M.S. degree in exercise and sport sciences offers thesis and non-thesis options. One of the unique characteristics of the program is the opportunity to pursue an area of concentration in exercise physiology, sport psychology, or human performance.
- Speech-language pathology majors may apply to continue their studies beyond the B.S. degree through the department’s M.S. degree programs in speech-language pathology.
- The graduate curriculum leading to an M.S. in physical education or an M.S. in health education offers thesis and non-thesis options. The program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in either health or physical education who have initial teaching certification in one of these areas. After completing the program, students will be eligible for New York State professional certification.
For more information regarding these programs as well as the College’s other graduate programs, consult the Ithaca College graduate catalog. (http://www.ithaca.edu/catalogs/index.php)