Catalog 2022-2023 
    May 27, 2024  
Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education and Recreation

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Physical Education and Recreation Center

Program Director:

Nikki Smiley, 970.339.6337,

Program Coordinator: 

Tanner Wiemers, 970.378.3518, 

Faculty / Advisor: 

Katie Hansen, 970.339.6421, 

Staff Associate:

Amanda Sheehan, 970.829.5287,

Degree Emphasis: 

Earn a Two-Year Liberal Arts Associate Degree at Aims with an Emphasis in Health and Human Performance

Do you want a career that allows you to stay active and gives you the chance to help others?  Take your passion for health and fitness and earn a Physical Education Associate Degree from Aims.

Increased awareness about the benefits of health and fitness in our society has expanded job opportunities within the industry.  Careers in health and human performance are diverse, rewarding and in high demand.  The Aims Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Health and Human Performance is the only program of its kind in northern Colorado.  This program can prepare you for a career where you will help people lead healthier lives.

The Aims physical education degree is a Two-Year Liberal Arts Associate Degree with an emphasis in Health and Human performance. After earning an Associate Degree at Aims, you can get started in various health and human performance careers, or you can transfer to a four-year institution to finish your bachelor’s degree.  Students who wish to continue their education to a 4-year institution may choose the appropriate track for a direct transition to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Colorado State University (CSU), or Regis University.

Discover the many possible careers in health and human performance and help people live healthier lives by earning a physical education degree at Aims.

Coming in spring 2022: If you’re a high school or college student interested in exploring a career as a personal trainer, fitness specialist, health coach, etc. you can earn a Health and Exercise Certificate at Aims.  Courses from the certificate can be applied toward a degree at Aims such as Health and Human Performance.

Launch Your Career in Health and Human Performance

Whether you start your career after graduating from Aims, or choose to earn a bachelor’s degree, the Aims Physical Fitness Associate Degree Program can help you begin your career path in physical fitness.

Examples of health and human performance careers include:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Aquatics Instructor
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Health Educator
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Fitness Center Owner/Manager
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Strength Coach
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Weight Loss Counselor
  • Geriatric Specialist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Human Movement Analyst


Opened in the Fall of 2015, the 46,000 square foot expanded and renovated Aims  Campus Physical Education and Recreation Center in Greeley provides a vibrant and  welcoming campus community hub. It features state-of-the-art equipment and is  designed to fit the busy schedule and on-the-go lifestyle. 


• Renovated gymnasium and two volleyball courts 

• Spacious men’s and women’s and family locker rooms 

• 1,113 square foot Cross Training Studio 

• Indoor and outdoor student center 

• 2 smart classrooms 

• 2 racquetball courts 

• Mind and Body Studio 

• Expansive Strength Center with free weights and multi circuit training stations • Dance and Aerobics Studio 

• Indoor Group Cycling Studio 

• Indoor elevated walking / jogging track 

• 2,500 square foot Fitness / Cardio Training Center 

• 3 tennis courts 

• 1.1 acres of greenspace 

General Information: 

In many cases, up to three credits of Physical Education courses can be applied toward  electives in the general Associate of Arts degree. 


Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a  disability should contact Disability Access Services (DAS) at 970.339.6388  or to set up an appointment to discuss the process of requesting reasonable accommodations.


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