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Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (HPERD)

The Division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (HPERD) is dedicated to enhancing the students' and the community's educational experience through a wide choice of movement activities and academic cultivation. We aim to energize, educate, and foster lifetime wellness values to students of all cultures and diversities. The department's goal is to nurture and prepare all students planning to pursue a professional career in the field of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Thus, enabling the students' skills to become contributing members of the community and an asset to the field of HPERD.

Health-Physical Education-Recreation and Dance, at Scottsdale Community College, offers a variety of programs to students for the purpose of increasing physical fitness and wellness, as well as attaining the education required to fulfill a certificate or degree in a specific area. Each area has a program director or advisor that will meet with you to aid in choosing the class or classes to suit your needs. Our philosophy is that health, fitness, and well-being are dynamic. Our division is committed to helping each student succeed in improving their quality of life and providing the resources to acquire those skills needed in the areas of fitness, nutrition, recreation, dance, exercise science, wellness, and yoga.

Our state of the art facilities and small classes provide an environment conducive to meeting students' needs. Our hope is that you will take part in our classes and/or programs and learn or improve on your skills and fitness level in the activity courses and increase your knowledge in the lecture classes, as well.

We offer certificates and two-year degrees to prepare you for the workforce in the following areas: Recreation Management, Yoga Instruction, Dance Technology, and Strength, Personal Training, and Nutrition. In addition, there are numerous activity classes offered to increase physical fitness and to learn new skills. Our Fitness and Wellness Center provides the backdrop for quality instruction and interaction with our faculty.

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