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About the Athletic Coaching Certificate

The Athletic Coaching Certificate prepares the student for entry level employment through cross disciplinary instruction in the fields of exercise science, biology, psychology, physical education and first aid.  In addition, this program prepares the student, or current coaching professional, for successful completion of the national coaching certification exam with  American Sport Education Program (ASEP), which is an approved provider of coaching education to the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA). 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Athletic Coaching Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify terms and functions pertaining to the systems of the body as they relate to exercise and sport. (PHE 150, 154; BIO 160 and/or 201)
  2. Describe several types of coaching philosophies, objectives, and styles. (PHE 154)
  3. Plan regiments of exercise, sport specific fitness and mental training, and apply strategies for team management across diverse populations as they  relate to exercise and sport. (PHE 150, 154, 168; PSY 245)
  4. Identify different personality styles and use assertive communication techniques to effectively coach players of various skill levels. (PHE 154, 168; PSY 245)
  5. Recognize exercise and sport related injuries and illnesses. (PHE 150)

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
BIO160 Intro Human Anat & Physiology

BIO 160. Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4). Principles of scientific method. Structural organization, homeostasis and control mechanisms of the body. Specific chemistry concepts. Structure and function of the major systems of the body. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. Scientific method and physiological measurements
2. Structural organization of the body
3. Homeostasis and homeostatic control mechanisms
4. Specific chemistry concepts of the body
5. Integumentary system
6. Skeletal system and joints
7. Muscular system
8. Nervous system
9. Endocrine system
10. Cardiovascular system
11. Lymphatics and immune system
12. Respiratory system
13. Digestive system
14. Urinary system
15. Reproductive system

1. Use the scientific method to evaluate basic principles of human physiology. (1) (PBS 1,2)
2. Identify the unifying themes of human anatomy and physiology. (2) (PBS 2)
3. Interpret numerical and graphical presentations of physiological data. (1, 12) (PBS 2,3)
4. Explain the role of specific tools and equipment utilized in clinical evaluation of human physiology. (1) (PBS 2,4)
5. Record or evaluate investigative results. (1) (PBS 2,3,5)
6. Describe the structural organization of the body. (2)
7. Describe homeostasis and homeostatic control mechanisms. (3)
8. Describe the specific chemistry concepts of the body. (4)
9. Describe the structure and function of the integumentary system and body membranes, skeletal system and joints, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and the reproductive system. (5-15)

OR BIO201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO 201. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4). Shared Unique Numbering LogoBIO 2201. Structure and function of the human body. Topics include cells, tissues, integumentary, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Prerequisite: BIO 156 or BIO 181. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. Anatomical terms and homeostasis
2. Cytological and histological anatomy and functions
3. Integumentary system
4. Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system
5. Axial and appendicular skeleton, joints
6. Anatomy and physiology of the muscular system
7. Gross and microscopic anatomy of muscles
8. Muscle contraction
9. Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
10. The central and peripheral nervous systems
11. The automatic nervous system
12. The senses

1. Identify the parts of a typical cell and describe their function and structure. (1, 2)
2. Identify and describe the four basic tissue types, their anatomy and functions. (1, 2)
3. Describe the anatomy and functions of the integumentary system. (1, 3)
4. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system. (1, 4)
5. Identify and describe the anatomy of joints, axial and appendicular skeletal systems. (1, 5)
6. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the muscular system. (1, 6)
7. Identify and describe the gross and microscopic anatomy of muscles. (1, 7)
8. Describe the biological processes involved in muscle contraction. (1, 8) (PBS 1)
9. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. (1, 9)
10. Describe and identify brain and spinal cord anatomy and reflexes. (1, 10)
11. Describe the biological processes involved in the nerve impulse. (1, 10, 11)
12. Describe and identify the anatomy and physiology autonomic nervous system. (1, 10, 11)
13. Describe and identify the anatomy and physiology of the senses. (1, 12) (PBS 2,3)
14. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the systems of the human body. (3-12)
15. Identify the broad themes that unify studying the systems of the body. (1-12)
16. Interpret the numerical and/or graphical representation of physiological data and anatomical structures. (1-12) (PBS 2)
17. Use the tools and equipment necessary for scientific analysis and research on physiological data and anatomical structures. (2-12)
18. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-12)

PHE150 Preventing Athl Injury/Em Care

PHE 150. Prevention of Athletic Injuries and Emergency Care (3). Introduction to prevention of athletic injuries and conditions. Includes use of protective equipment, taping, nutrition, exercise, First Aid principles, legal implications, research and practical considerations. Three lecture.

1. Role of the athletic trainer and other related athletic personnel
2. Prevention of injuries including physical conditioning, physical exams and screening, nutrition, and protective devices
3. Injury management and rehabilitation
4. Basic anatomy and physiology
5. Injury taping and wrapping procedures
6. Professional considerations including supplies, communication and documentation, licensure, and legal liability

1. Discuss roles of personnel in the sports medicine team. (1)
2. Apply preventative techniques and injury management. ( 2- 4)
3. Identify responsibilities to avoid undue liability. (3,6)
4. Identify basic anatomical structures and physiology as they pertain to the prevention and management of athletic injuries. (4)
5. Apply protective taping, bracing, wrapping and padding for the prevention and management of athletic injuries. (5)
6. Prescribe physical conditioning activities and nutritional counseling appropriate for athletes. (2)
7. Perform basic business operations as they apply to athletic training such as supply procurement and maintenance of inventory and training kit components. (6)
8. Document and communicate injury treatment information. (6)

PHE154 Coaching/ASEP Cert Prep

PHE 154. Theory of Coaching/ASEP Certification Prep (3). Comprehensive introduction to the coaching profession and preparation for the American Sports Education Program (ASEP) Coaching Certificate exam. Emphasis on the breadth of knowledge, theories and techniques of coaching and their application to achieving objectives in working with athletes. Three lecture.

1. Coaching philosophy, objectives, roles and styles
2. Character and diversity
3. Fundamental communication skills
4. Motivational theories and techniques
5. Games approach
6. Planning for teaching technical and tactical skills
7. Principles of training
8. Performance nutrition, hydration and drug abuse issues
9. Team relations/management, media relations, game management and risk management

1. Develop a coaching philosophy. (1)
2. Identify and discuss the roles of a coach, the major objectives of coaching and factors that influence coaching style. (1)
3. Describe principles for coaching with character, developing character and sportsmanship in athletes, and coaching athletes with diverse backgrounds, characteristics and abilities. (2)
4. List psychological and sociological principles for effective communication and apply to various situations such as listening to athletes, motivating athletes, and managing behavior problems. (3,4)
5. Use the games approach for teaching technical and tactical skills. (5,6)
6. Develop a physical training program. (6,7)
7. Define basic systems of the body and principles of nutrition for performance. (8)
8. Apply methods for effective team management, for managing interpersonal relationships in coaching, and for protecting athletes from risk and coaches from liability issues. (9)

PHE168 Intro to Sport Psychology

PHE 168. Introduction to Sport Psychology (3). Introduction to the interaction between psychological variables and exercise, physical activity and sport performance. Psychological theory and practical skills that influence and enhance performance. Three lecture.

1. Psychological theories pertaining to exercise, physical activity and sport performance
2. Personality, self-confidence, motivation and goal setting
3. Emotional and mental control techniques for stress, anxiety, anger
4. Concentration, attention control, and arousal regulation
5. Participation, achievement, and competition
6. Sport leadership and group cohesion in adolescent and adult sport and exercise programs
7. Signs and symptoms of physical adaptive stress

1. Identify sport psychology techniques and their relevance to enhancing exercise, physical activity and sport participation adherence as well as performance. (1-5)
2. Describe the relationship between psychological variables and performance in exercise, physical activity and sport. (1-7)
3. Explain how psychological factors influence involvement in exercise, physical activity and sport programs. (1,2,5,7)
4. Apply sport psychology models and theories to a variety of sport and exercise situations and age groups. (1-7)
5. Identify skills and knowledge about sport and exercise psychology that can be applied as a participant, teacher, coach or exercise leader. (1-7)

PSY245 Human Growth and Development

PSY 245. Human Growth and Development (3). Study of physical, intellectual, moral, emotional, personality, and social development of the human being, beginning with conception and continuing through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, and dying. Emphasis on quantitative and qualitative ways people change throughout the life span and factors which contribute to human diversity as well as to individual uniqueness. Research methods appropriate to the study of human development are also considered. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

1. The scientific study of human growth and development across the life span from both ethological/biological ("nature") and environmental ("nurture") perspectives
2. Theories of cognitive development across the life span
3. Theories of social-emotional development across the life span

1. Identify current and historical scientific approaches to research in human development. (BS 2,4)
2. Analyze biological theories of development.
3. Analyze theories of cognitive development. (BS 1)
4. Analyze theories of emotional development.
5. Analyze theories of social development. (BS 3)

1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.


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