Academic Programs


Physical Education

Program Information

Athletic Training (B.S.)
Exercise Science (B.S.)
Physical Education (B.S.)
Sport Management (B.A.)

The University’s athletic training education program was the first in existence in New Jersey with National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) approval in 1980. Presently, the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has continued to produce knowledgeable, skillful, well-prepared athletic training students.  Our students perform well on the Board of Certification examination, and our graduates are in high demand by both employers and graduate schools.  With a degree in athletic training from William Paterson University, students will have the opportunity to pursue positions in traditional settings including high schools, colleges, and professional sports, as well as nontraditional, emerging practice settings including hospitals, sports medicine clinics, occupational health facilities, the performing arts, the military, and physicians’ offices. The program also prepares the students very well for graduate school education in athletic training and other health professions. 

Emerging careers in fitness, wellness and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation have increased the need for professionals with expertise in the field of exercise science. Our major in exercise science prepares students for a broad array of career opportunities in fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, exercise therapy, and wellness programming. Job settings include corporations, hospitals and clinics. In addition, some professionals develop independent fitness consulting businesses. 

The longest-running departmental program, the K-12 physical education teacher certification major, is an NCATE-accredited program. Within it, there are enrichment tracks in driver's education and health education (offered with the public health department).

The sport management program prepares students who want to work in a wide variety of sport venues including professional and collegiate sport, sport marketing and advertising, event planning, facility management, ticket operations management, and sport finance.

To learn more, visit the Department of Kinesiology home page or contact:

Kathy Silgailis, Ph.D.. 
Chair, Department of Kinesiology