Health and Physical Education Program

  • Welcome
  • Student Experience
  • Transfer and Careers
  • Curricula
  • Contact Us

Health and Physical Education - Welcome

Athletic Potential

Welcome to the Health & Physical Education Department at Eastern Arizona College. We offer a wide variety of beginning career paths that include Health & Physical Education, Athletic Training, Wellness, Personal Fitness Training, and related Sports Medicine avenues.

In our classes you will be able to explore these career paths and gain hands-on experience in teaching, nutrition, injury evaluation and treatment, basic rehabilitation, fitness assessment, exercise programming, and exercise science. Our facilities include a full-functioning athletic training room, sports medicine classroom, weight room, wellness center, and the latest teaching techniques and aids.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our programs.

- Jim Bagnall, Health & Physical Education Division Chair


Health and PE - Student Experience

Hands On Training

“After earning an AA degree at EAC, I transferred to Northern Arizona University and will soon get my bachelor’s in Athletic Training. I could have done my internship with the Arizona Cardinals or the Phoenix Suns, but I declined in order to come back to EAC to do my internship, because I get so much hands-on experience here it’s amazing. There’s just no comparison. Mrs. Bagnall demonstrates so much passion for the profession, she just really inspired me to get into it.”
- Sam Diaz

“I’m currently getting my associate’s degree, and my goal is to become a physical therapist and work with athletes. I love the program at EAC…it has given me a head start in the field. I have been able to work with all different types of athletes and gain so much experience. The teachers are willing to take the time to help me achieve my goals. I really love the program.”
- Shannon King

Health and PE - Transfer and Careers

Climbing the Career Ladder

If you want to become a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Personal Fitness Trainer, High School Teacher or work in related careers in Physical Education or Sports Medicine see the following information on salary ranges:

Average Salaries:

    Physical Therapist - Median Salary of $75,500 and a range of $64,000-84,000

    Athletic Trainer - Median Salary of $41,000 and a range of $29,000-52,000

    Personal Fitness Trainer - Median Salary of $53,000 and a range of $26,000-76,000

    High School Teacher - Median Salary of $28,340 and a range of $33,000-73,000

Health and PE - Curricula

A Balanced Program

Health and Physical Education (AA)
This Associate of Arts degree prepares you to transfer to a college or university four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in health or physical education, exercise science or fitness fields. Please consult the official transfer guide to tailor your curriculum, since degree requirements differ between universities.

Program Requirements
Suggested Semester Course Plan


Pre-Physical Therapy (AA)
This degree will fulfill the pre-physical therapy requirements at most transfer institutions Obtain the catalog of the institution you plan to transfer to and select your elective courses based on their requirements.

Program Requirements
Suggested Semester Course Plan


Sports Studies (AA)
Recipients of this degree are prepared to pursue a major in Athletic Training, Wellness, Kinesiology, or related Sports Medicine at a four-year college of university. Since program requirements differ between universities, the official transfer guide of the school which you plan to attend upon leaving Eastern Arizona College should be consulted in order to adjust this program to your personal needs.

Program Requirements
Suggested Semester Course Plan


Sports Medicine & Rehabilitative Therapies (Cert)
This certificate is designed for junior/senior high school students enrolled in Gila Institute for Technology (GIFT). Students in this program will learn basic exercise science, nutrition, fitness assessment, exercise programming, and instructional and spotting techniques. This program prepares you to sit for the certification test to become a nationally accredited ACE Personal Fitness Trainer. With this certificate students may continue on towards an AAS in General Technical Studies or an AA in Sports Studies.

Program Requirements
Suggested Semester Course Plan

Health and PE - Contact Us

We're Here to Help

Please call or email us to find out
more about health and PE programs at EAC. We’re happy to answer your questions.


Jim Bagnall
Health/Physical Education Division Chair
(928) 428-8414

Contact our Admissions Office for
info on college admissions, housing, scholarships and financial aid or to
schedule a campus visit.


Admissions Office
(928) 428-8272
800-678-3808 x. 8272