351 Maxwell Hall (507.457.2600)
Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences
Brian Zeller (Chairperson)
Dawn Anderson, Professor; BA, University of Minnesota-Morris; MS, Iowa State University; PhD, Ball State University, Muncie (IN); 1992 –
Phillip Appicelli, Professor; BA, College of St. Scholastica; MA, PhD, Kent State University; 1998 –
Michelle Darst, Instructor, BS, Winona State University, MS, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; 2008 –
Kent Hansen, Assistant Professor; BA, Concordia College; MS, University of Montana-Missoula; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012 –
Gary Kastello, Professor; BS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; MA, Ball State University; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 1997 –
Ellanora Kraemer, Instructor; BS, Winona State University; MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; 2009 –
Holly Lenz, Assistant Professor; BA, Humbolt State University; MA, Purdue University; PhD, Oregon State University; 2012 –
Janet Macon, Instructor; BS, University of Wisconsin-stout; MS, Iowa State; 2012 –
Connie Mettille, Assistant Professor; BS, Winona State University; MS, University of Wyoming; 2001 –
Shellie Nelson, Professor; BS, Winona State University; MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; EdD, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; 1988 –
Kyle Poock, Assistant Professor; Baseball Coach; BS, MS, Winona State University; 1995 –
Peter Sternberg, Associate Professor; BA, University of Kent at Canterbury (UK); RGN, London Hospital, UK; Post-Graduate Diploma Health Ed., University of London; PhD, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; 2002 –
Erin White, Assistant Professor; BS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; MS, University of Tennessee - Knoxville; PhD, Michigan State University; 2011 –
Brian Zeller, Professor; BS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; MS, Indiana State University; PhD, University of Kentucky; 2000 –
The Department of Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences is committed to preparing competent, entry-level exercise physiologists, health educators, athletic trainers, and students well-prepared for graduate study. Our goal is to prepare graduates who can serve the needs of Minnesota and the global community. In order to fill this fundamental mission, the faculty:
- Provide instruction in health promotion, public health, exercise science, and clinical sciences.
- Facilitate the professional development of the students through sound instruction, scholarly activity, and demonstrated service.
The department fosters the development of physical, social, emotional, recreational, clinical, and culturally diverse skills to enhance the human behavior and well-being of all populations. The department is committed to student-faculty contact, cooperation among students, active learning, prompt feedback, time on task, high expectations, diverse talents and ways of learning.
The Department of Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences (HERS) offers the following degrees:
- BS Major - Athletic Training
- BS Major - Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences
- BT Major - Health Promotion: School Health
- BS Major - Public Health
Community Health Specialist
- Minor - Nutrition
Pre-professional programs are preparatory for graduate degrees at another college or university. Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, or chiropractic medicine typically choose the Athletic Training major or the Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences: Movement Science option.
Athletic training majors who are interested in completing pre-professional course sequences in preparation for graduate study should contact Dr. Shellie Nelson at 507.457.5214 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Brian Zeller at 507.457.5575 (email@example.com). The Movement Science option (ERMS), is designed to offer pre-professional students, especially pre-physical therapy and pre-occupational therapy students, a course of study that meets prerequisites for graduate work in these fields, within the 120 credits required to graduate from Winona State University. Dr. Gary Kastello is responsible for advising students interested in these pre-professional programs or graduate study in a movement science field, such as biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, or motor control. Students may contact Dr. Kastello at 507.457.5219 (firstname.lastname@example.org). For additional information see the Pre-Professional Sequences .
A number of scholarships are available for majors in the Department of Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences. Students should inquire about scholarships early in the academic year. A complete listing of the criteria for each scholarship is available in the HERS Department office.
In academic courses, practica, and internships, HERS majors will be exposed to a wide array of school, clinical, and community experiences that enhance their education. Students participating in these experiences will have additional annual expenses for professional liability insurance and background studies. The costs for these requirements will be established each academic year.
Students will be required to travel to clinical sites or practicum sites within the Winona community and surrounding area (up to 50 miles). All travel costs are the responsibility of the student. Students with majors that require Internships will also be responsible for all travel and living costs associated with the Internship experience. Additional information may be obtained from the student’s faculty advisor.
Schools, businesses, nonprofits, and health care facilities emphasize security and safety for all. Therefore, students involved in educational experiences in the community are required to complete a background study. Background screening is often required by federal and/or state law. Students should be aware that having criminal charges on their record may preclude them from educational experiences, professional certifications, or future employment.
A blanket professional liability insurance policy for students is secured annually through an insurance provider determined by the Minnesota Office of Risk Management in cooperation with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Coverage is based on an incident/occurrence and aggregate rate basis. Student teachers may also be required to purchase other liability insurance. Such policies are available to other majors through their professional organizations. Students should contact their advisor for more information.
Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Courses
Except for internships, students must take all courses in the major, minor, or options on a grade-only basis. The P/NC option is available to non-majors unless otherwise noted. Courses offered on a pass/no credit only or grade only basis are so designated in the course descriptions.
Internships and Practica
The HERS internship program provides significant experiential learning opportunities valuable to a student’s professional development. The field experience provides a means of reinforcing and enhancing academic preparation while applying knowledge and skills in a work environment. Through cooperative planning and implementation in partnership with the internship agency (site), the HERS Department requires the following internships for eligible degree candidates:
The internship experience serves as a practical vehicle of transition, helping students move from classroom to workplace settings. With the structured environment of a University-approved agency/site and under the direct supervision of a University-approved professional, students receive guidance in transitioning from the academic setting into the role of an employee in a “real life” worksite.
The HERS Department offers a unique opportunity for HERS majors to spend a semester in England at the University of Salford. This travel abroad opportunity is designed specifically for HERS students to receive all the benefits of spending a semester abroad and receive WSU credit for their courses. Imagine taking credits that count toward your intended major, learning to apply principles related to your field in a different culture, and experiencing life as a student in another country! This travel abroad opportunity is available fall semester only; no more than five students are selected each year. A formal application to the HERS Department is required. Upon approval, students must complete all the requirements as defined by the WSU Study Abroad Office prior to traveling overseas to begin the experience. For more information concerning Travel Abroad, contact Dr. Brian Zeller at 507.457.5575 (email@example.com) or visit the HERS Department website.
General Education Program Intensive Requirements
Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Program and major requirements. Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The Department of Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences offers the following intensive courses in the General Education Program:
Math/Critical Analysis (◆)
Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy HERS major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives in this section.