Rowan College at Gloucester County

Health, Physical Education & Recreation (A.A.)


The Health, Physical Education & Recreation program provides students with a solid foundation of learning experiences, enabling them to transfer to four-year universities to pursue careers as health and physical education teachers, as well as other recreation employment options.

Program Goals

Program graduates will demonstrate the ability and skill to:

  • Apply their knowledge and demonstrate basic instructional strategies for teaching and lesson planning in health and physical education

  • Demonstrate a proficiency in history, skills and knowledge of team and individual sports

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to promote recreational activities to sustain healthy living and lifelong fitness

  • Analyze, evaluate and provide basic care in emergency situations


Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, High School E​​​quivalency (HSE) recipients and others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from residents of other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.

Program Classes

Download the Program Requirements​ to view a semester-by-semester breakdown of the required classes and electives for this program.

The RCGC Catalog provides class descriptions.

The Class Schedule Listing shows the availability of classes for each semester.

Program Advisor
Current students please visit to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Future students please visit to learn more about how to get started.
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.
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Download Program Requirements


Transfer Opportunities

Through the College’s new premier partnership with Rowan University and other college partnership programs, students are admitted concurrently to Rowan College and one of its partnering universities —​ immediately beginning their studies toward an advanced degree. 

In addition, the College also maintains 75 program articulation agreements with four-year institutions. After successfully completing an associate degree, students have the option to transfer to the university of their choice.

Some of students in this program have transferred to the following four-year educational institutions:

  • Cabrini College

  • Rowan University

  • Wilmington University

Please visit the Career and A​cademic Planning (CAP) Center  to discuss transfer options.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this program successfully will qualify for employment as:

  • Athletic trainers
  • Fitness instructors
  • Health and physical education teachers

To find out where U.S. News & World Report rates health and physical education positions, students can view US News' 100 Best Jobs.

Students can visit the CAP C​enter to discuss career options.​

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.