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Bachelor of Science in

Health Physical Education


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s commitment to the Whole Person philosophy is well-represented in the Health, Leisure, and Sports Sciences Department. You will find a dual approach in this major. First you will get the general education program that emphasizes overall healthy living, lifestyle and wellness. Secondly you will get the benefit of our professional education program that provides the foundation for you to eventually work in the health, fitness, recreation or sports management industries, teach physical education or qualify for physical therapy or medical school.

If you choose to major in Health Physical Education, you will be exposed to a variety of subjects and areas of focus that will prepare you to teach or get a job in a number of fields of health and physical education.

Students seeking licensure to teach at the secondary levels have two options: completion of the health and physical education major, which leads to standard certification, or completion of any other major in the HPE Department, which can lead to alternative certification.

What can I do with a degree from ORU in Health Physical Education?

When you graduate with a degree in Health Physical Education, there are numerous exciting and fun careers available to you:

  • Health Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Coach

What are some of the core experiences of this program?

  • Personal Health Science
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Motor Learning, Games, and Adaptive PE
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Psychology of Human Performance
  • School Health Care

What makes ORU’s Health Physical Education program stand out?

As a Health Physical Education major, you will be offered a wide variety of courses in all facets of the industry. You will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities including an indoor running track, modern exercise equipment, an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, etc.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we exceed the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

The ORU College of Education is accredited by the following associations:

  • Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP )
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The ORU College of Education is recognized by the following agencies:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

The ORU College of Education holds memberships with the following associations:

  • American Association of College of Teacher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

ORU College of Education Holmes Scholars program is a partnership between ORU College of Education and AACTE Holmes Scholars® that has been established to support Quest scholarship awarded doctoral candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing careers in education.

The AACTE Holmes Scholars program will provide mentorship, peer support, and rich professional development opportunities. Scholars will become or are candidates for faculty and leadership positions in teacher education, field specializations, or educational research.

By partnering with the AACTE Holmes Scholars program, ORU College of Education aims to strengthen our support of the promotion of diversity within the professional community and prepare educators to serve diverse learners.


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