Dec 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Kinesiology, Counseling and Rehabilitative Sciences

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Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences
Location: Albright Health Center, HC 206
Telephone: 859-572-6557
Fax: 859-572-6090
Email Address:

Human Services and Addictions
Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center, MP 203E
Telephone: 859-572-6557
Email Address: CounselorEd@nku.ed

Web Address:
Interim School Director: Alar Lipping
Other Key Personnel:

Athletic Training Program Director: Rachele Vogelpohl
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director: Christopher Lawrence
Department Coordinator: Annette Shumard
Exercise Science Program Director: Cory Scheadler
Health and Physical Education Director: Carol Ryan
Human Services and Addictions Program Director: Hallie Sylvestro
School Counseling Program Director: Dorea Glance

Full-Time Faculty: Susannah Coaston, Gary Eippert, Joshua Elliott, Rebecca Elkins, Dorea Glance, Greg Hatchett, Collin Herb, Christopher Lawrence, Alar Lipping, Alma Mattocks, Dana Ripley, Carol Ryan, Gabe Sanders, Cory Scheadler, Jennifer Sharp, Hallie Sylvestro, Rachele Vogelpohl, Jennifer Kaiser, Ashley Nicole De La Torre

Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences

Thinking about the discipline: Kinesiology, the  study of human movement, has seen a surge in popularity over the last 20 years that experts attribute to its social relevance, its relation to the obesity epidemic, and the growing societal importance of sports and athletics. The kinesiology programs have evolved over the years to offer courses that extend beyond physical education and health to exercise science, exercise prescription, athletic training, motor development and learning, and biomechanics. Many students pursue traditional careers such as coaching or fitness instruction, but more than half pursue other quickly-growing allied health or medical professions such as athletic trainer, exercise science professional, cardiac rehabilitation specialist, physical therapist, occupational therapist or physician assistant. A new need for older adult and elementary/middle-school physical education teachers, coaches, and fitness instructors is also on the horizon, as the movement to improve health across the lifespan continues.

Special opportunities for our students: Students are encouraged to join the department’s Kinesiology Club or Athletic Training Club. Each club promotes an appreciation of, a commitment to, involvement in, and professional responsibility to the stated field of kinesiology. Students participate in such activities as: attending workshops, conferences, conventions, seminars, and institutions; community services; supporting events in the areas of athletic training, exercise science, and physical education/health; and serving as ambassadors for NKU to state, district, and national professional organizations.

You should also know: To remain in the athletic training education program or the exercise science program, students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50. To be admitted to an education program students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.75. In addition, students majoring in one of the education disciplines (for example, physical education) must apply for admission to the teacher education program. The admission process is described in detail in the teacher education section of the catalog. Students majoring in athletic training must also apply for admission to the athletic training program.


What Can a Degree in Human Services and Addictions Do For You?
Human services professionals help people who are struggling with life issues that cut across several systems of care, including substance abuse, mental health and primary healthcare services as well as many others. Many individuals feel called to positively impact the lives of others- whether based on life experience or professional goals. Demand for prepared graduates is increasing, so begin your career and make a difference with a degree in human services and addictions.

Why Choose Human Services and Addictions at NKU?

  • Flexibility: If you’re already in your career or returning to school to complete your degree, you can take classes online and in hybrid format to accommodate your schedule.
  • Top-Notch Faculty: Learn from both full-time faculty in the graduate counseling department and experienced faculty who work in the field.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities: Complete 360 hours of field experience at human service agencies right here in the region.



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