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Program Mission & Goals


Piedmont College dedicates itself to the transformative power of education through reciprocal learning, the development of compassionate leaders, and the stewardship of our local and global communities.


The R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Piedmont College shall be recognized as an exemplary professional academic program.  The arts & sciences are the foundation upon which the students’ intellectual endeavors are built, contributing to the provision of holistic care to clients that includes physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and environmental care. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is dedicated to respect for diversity and to community outreach.


The sport and fitness administration program seeks to prepare undergraduate students for careers involving the organization, administration, and supervision of sport and fitness programs by providing the theoretical foundations for both business (management, marketing, accounting, and economics) and sport science (health promotion, fitness assessment and prescription, biomechanics, and sport nutrition) through exemplary classroom and laboratory instruction.  Furthermore, the program is dedicated to respecting individual diversity, engaging the community through internships and service, and providing the pre-requisite courses for students wishing to pursue an MBA upon graduation.

PROGRAM GOALS (2017-18 Assessment Report)

  1. The Program is committed to recruiting five quality students into each cohort, retaining 80% of students each year, and graduating them four years after program admission.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 8.  Piedmont College will provide students the resources to achieve their academic goals in a timely fashion and meet learning outcomes expected in their degree programs.
    2. Outcome (non-student learning):  The number of students who matriculate into each cohort and persist.


  1. The Program seeks to provide high quality instruction that integrates cognitive and psychomotor skills into active problem solving abilities that will culminate in 90% of students having post-graduate placements (employment or graduate school) within six months of graduation.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 1. Piedmont College will attract and retain students, faculty, and staff, and engage alumni and friends, by providing experiences with the College that inspire in them a lifelong affinity with the institution.
    2. SLO 2: Students will work collaboratively through interprofessional teams to provide or accommodate quality care to clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings, while respecting  the diversity of individuals, groups, and communities
      2.1 Apply clinical reasoning skills throughout the physical examination process in order to assimilate data, select the appropriate assessment tests, formulate a differential diagnosis, provide care, and make appropriate referrals.
      2.2 Use psychosocial techniques to enhance client care and determine when abnormal behaviors require referral.
      2.3 Adapt therapeutic interventions using clinician– and client-oriented outcomes with consideration to the state of health and goals to maximize client participation and quality of life.
      2.4 Implement, evaluate, and modify participation plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals through collaboration with allied healthcare providers.
      2.5 Create, evaluate, and modify an environment conducive to safe activity participation.
      2.6 Demonstrate cultural competence in the care of clients from diverse backgrounds.


  1. The Program is committed to supporting a minimum of one student in an internship or other experiential learning experience each year.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 4. Piedmont College will offer traditional and innovative academic programs that are rigorous in content and flexible in real-world application.
    2. SLO 1: Students will integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to engage in critical and creative dialogue through discovery, analysis, and communication.
      1.1 Propose and apply methods of injury prevention and risk reduction for both healthy and at-risk individuals.
      1.2 Design fitness plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals.
      1.3 Demonstrate oral, written, and visual communication strategies that are organized, coherent, accurate, and professionally prepared and delivered.
      1.4 Develop and evaluate administrative strategies in the context of a sport, health, or fitness system (i.e. risk management, program delivery mechanisms, financial constraints, client privacy and outcomes, and general facility/resource management).
      1.5 Develop promotional strategies and the related administration plan for healthy living and/or injury/disease prevention outcomes.


  1. The Program is committed to increasing the number of qualified full-time faculty and providing professional mentoring.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 6. Piedmont College will educate the whole student through co-curricular programs, extra-curricular activities, and experiential learning endeavors.
  1. SLO 3:  Through civic engagement, personal growth, and ethical reasoning, students will demonstrate responsible, global citizenship by upholding high professional standards.
    3.1 Identify state and national regulations and demonstrate professional, moral, and ethical judgment when delivering client-centered care.
    3.2 Adapt evidence-based practice concepts when making clinical and administrative decisions and critically examining health science practice.
    3.3 Critically evaluate research findings to develop administrative strategies that apply the foundational concepts of accounting, management, marketing, economics, and project management.
    3.4 Use effective documentation to develop, participate in, and lead client-centered care.
    3.5 Use appropriate professional guidelines to develop, implement, evaluate, and modify emergency care strategies.
    3.6 Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development.

Summary of assessments on target for each Student Learning Outcome (goal ≥ 75%)