Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Athletic Training (PEESAT)


The mission of the Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Athletic Training (PEESAT) is to provide leadership and contribute to the academic and professional experience of our students. The faculty has assessed the needs of health and exercise programs for the general population into the 21st century. They have designed a curriculum to encourage deliberation and desire to engage in cultivating human performance and wellness. The implementation of the Exercise Science and Athletic Training programs has strengthened the science components of the PEESAT Department. In accepting the challenge and demands of a progressive curriculum, the faculty realizes the effectiveness of preparing the students for the job market, graduate schools, and the healthcare industry. The Health and Physical Education Teacher program is being vetted by the faculty. Ultimately, the program will lead to students receiving their certification and licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The PEESAT department is position to effectively to promote student academic achievement and professionalism.

Dr. Derrick Sauls
Department Chair PEESAT
School of Applied Health and Medical Science
Gordon Health Center 030
(F) 919-516-4155


The Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Athletic Training (PEESAT) is committed to the high quality development of the student. The department's two-fold mission is to first prepare students through the curriculum to function effectively as health and physical education teachers, exercise scientist, and athletic trainers. They will also be prepared for entry into graduate/professional schools. Secondly, they will be prepared to take state and national certification exams leading to gainful employment in healthcare jobs, i.e. physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, sports medicine, medical doctors, dentists, and physician assistants. Overall, the students will be equipped to perform academically and professionally on the local, state, national, and global level.