Physical Education Studies (A.A.)

The Physical Education Studies degree is designed to provide a foundation of liberal arts and physical education courses that can prepare graduates for transfer to a four-year institution.

The associate's degree coursework at Hudson Valley prepares you to enter bachelor's level Physical Education programs. Students with proper advisement can also pursue other upper-level programs related to sports science and recreation.

The majority of students graduating from the Physical Education Studies program continue their education at a four-year college or university. This is primarily a transfer program.

This program is offered by the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The college has one of the premier athletic / fitness facilities among the nation's two-year colleges. The McDonough Sports Complex includes a field house, ice rink, two weight rooms, three racquetball courts and an athletic training facility, as well as the outdoor sports complex with track and field facilities. The college also has an indoor and outdoor adventure training course.
  • The Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on campus, built in 2002, is home to the Class A Houston Astros affiliate Tri-City Valley Cats in addition to the college's NJCAA baseball team. The Stadium Classroom Building houses one of the most complete exercise physiology labs in the Northeast.
  • With today's greater emphasis on physical fitness, graduates can pursue a number of careers related to fitness and recreation.
  • Meet our program faculty.
  • Hudson Valley Community College also offers a wide range of physical education elective courses that are open to all students.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
    Many of the students in the Physical Education Studies program also participate in intercollegiate sports, such as football, soccer, volleyball, women's tennis, women's cross country, bowling, men's and women's basketball, baseball, lacrosse and softball. Visit our Athletic Department webpages!

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in several fields related to athletics, recreation and athletic training. Most graduates of the program move on to complete upper-level degrees after completing their associate degree. Career fields related to this program include, Physical Education instructor, aquatic director, athletic director, fitness instructor, athletic trainer.

Over the years, graduates of the Physical Education Studies program have successfully transferred to many upper division colleges and universities outside the Capital Region, including: Boston University, Castleton State (VT), Ithaca College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Springfield College SUNY Cortland, Troy State University (AL), University of Delaware and West Virginia University.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): High School Physical Education Teacher, $57,200; Recreation Worker, $23,320; Fitness Trainer, $36,160; Athletic Trainer, $44,670.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Colleen Ferris
Department Chair
Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department
McDonough Sports Complex, Room 206
(518) 629-7372
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For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309

Mission Statement

The Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department seeks to support the mission of the college by preparing entry-level students in Physical Education for transfer and ultimate completion of baccalaureate degree requirements. Additionally, it will remain our objective to endeavor to meet the diverse physical activity and wellness needs of the Hudson Valley Community College student body.