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Health & Wellness Promotion for Clinical Populations

Scroll down or click one of these links to learn about Career Opportunities, Declaring this Major, access a Degree Plan Checksheet, review the Statements of Understanding, identify your Academic Advisor, review Minimum Requirements for Graduation, plan for your Internship, explore Additional Opportunities related to your major, or submit a Course Substitution Request.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students for graduate studies in Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics and leads to careers in cardiopulmonary, clinical exercise, and diagnostic testing and programming for cardiac rehabilitation and other special populations.

Considering Graduate School?
Texas State's Health and Human Performance Department offers several graduate programs within Exercise and Sports Science that you can explore on their website here.

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology offers a specialized advanced degree in School Psychology, which prepares graduates with or without teaching experience for licensure to provide direct support and interventions to K-12 students in collaboration with teachers, families, administrators, and fellow mental health professionals.

Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Degree Plan Checksheet

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.

Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.

Academic Advisor

Our advisors are assigned to specific degree programs.  When you call to schedule an appointment, our front desk staff will confirm your declared or desired major and will schedule you accordingly. 

Each degree program includes crucial planning details such as GPA requirements, course rotations, prerequisites, program sequences, applications/deadlines, etc.

By focusing on only one or a few degree programs, your Advisor will be better able to keep track of those details and, in turn, share them accurately with you. 

Shelby Duffy

Interested in professional graduate programs?
i.e., Dental, Medical, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Veterinary
In addition to meeting with the academic advisor for your degree program, you should speak with one of Texas State's designated pre-professional advisors to ensure that you take the appropriate coursework and are prepared for the appropriate admissions test(s) and application processes.

Course Sequencing

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

All Texas State students must meet the University's minimum Grade-Point Requirements for graduation [Texas State GPA of 2.00, GPA of 2.25 in the major(s), GPA of 2.00 in the minor(s)].


  1. A 2.5 Overall GPA is a required prerequisite for continued degree progress.
  2. Grades of 'C' or higher in the following courses are required prerequisites for degree progress:
  • MATH 1315
  • BIO 2430
  • ESS 3317/3117, ESS 4317, and ESS 4319
  • H ED 1320, H ED 2340, H ED 4336,  H ED 4100, and H ED 4640


The H ED 4660 Health Education Internship course is a degree requirement and consists of 480 hours working with a health organization or agency to complete a semester-long project applying health education and exercise sports science concepts to a community health setting.  Opportunities exist in cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, public/community health, employee wellness, and community wellness.

The course is writing intensive and can be completed in a fall or spring semester only after
1) completion of all other degree required coursework;
2) grades of 'C' or better earned in ESS 4317, ESS 4319, H ED 4100, and H ED 4640; and
3) with a minimum 2.50 Overall GPA.

Students declared in Health and Wellness Promotion for Clinical Populations concentration should enroll in H ED 4100 Professional Development in Health and Wellness Promotion in the semester prior to their internship.  In this 1-credit-hour seminar course, students will learn about internship sites and the process for securing an internship, as well as working closely with one of the internship supervisors to identify potential organizations that meet their interests and professional goals. Sites are not limited to the Austin/San Marcos area; interns have been placed across the United States and even internationally.

Students needing more information can contact Dr. McDonald at

Additional Opportunities

Join the Exercise and Sports Science Organization.
Meet other students who share an interest in this career field, hear from knowledgeable guest speakers, and gain the opportunity to attend professional conferences. Members also participate in social and community endeavors like tailgating, River Cleanup, and Intramurals.
Invitations are automatically sent through the organization's TRACS site to all ESS majors.
If you haven't received an invitation but are interested in joining, email Marty Wright.

Join Eta Sigma Gamma.
This student organization aims to elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally trained men and women in the Health Science discipline.

Join the Texas State Pre-Occupational Therapy Organization.
This group's goal is to educate its members on how to become a competitive Occupational Therapy graduate school applicant, providing informational resources and volunteer and observation opportunities in the process.

Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the ESS - Health & Wellness Promotion for Clinical Populations degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.

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