Recreation Leadership

Certificate Program

Gainful Employment disclosure information is available for this program of study.

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing
Gymnasium 102 • Phone (215) 968-8451
Curriculum Code No. 3190

The Recreation Leadership Certificate Program prepares the student to work in the recreation field by providing students the following skills: lifeguarding, professional CPR/First Aid, water safety instructor training, advanced skills and standards for ropes course training, and facility and events planning. The program is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge base of the recreation field, employment options available within this area, and to provide the students the necessary skills for gainful employment in recreation.

This program prepares students to work as aquatic directors, park service personnel, outdoor educators, program specialists and ropes course instructors.

Graduates of this certificate are able to:

  • Explain the history of the outdoor recreation program and field;
  • Describe the appropriate rescues needed per criteria of victim;
  • Explain and describe the procedures to perform CPR (Adult, Child, Infant);
  • Explain and describe the procedures to perform First Aid;
  • Explain and describe the procedures to perform AED (Adult, Child);
  • Describe the counseling skills and procedures to implement a counseling session;
  • Describe and explain how to set up a ropes course, belay and perform a rescue;
  • Explain and describe the six basic strokes in aquatics and explain stroke mechanics;
  • Explain and describe how to plan an event; and
  • Explain and describe the main functions and areas of concern surrounding facility design.

Certificate Course Requirements*

HLTH110 Responding to Emergencies 3
PHED155 Lifeguarding 2
PHED156 Water Safety Instructor A 2
PHED190 Outdoor Recreation 3
PHED191 Outdoor Recreation Leadership 3
PHED170 Individual Fitness and Wellness 2
SPMT202 Facility and Events Planning 3

ARequires prerequisite and/or co requisite.