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First Aid - CPR - AED Certification

First Aid/Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification is obtainable through the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences™ HNES 210 class (Responding to Emergencies).  It is offered a number of times throughout the course of the year in 8-week sessions.  Certification for First Aid is valid for a period of three years while certification for CPR/AED remains current for a period of one year.  Both certifications are endorsed by the American Red Cross.

HNES 210 classes are required as either a prerequisite to more advanced medical training or as a stand-alone requirement for various majors in the College of HDE.  The purpose of this type of certification training is to provide those enrolled in the HNES 210 class with the knowledge and skills necessary to help sustain life and minimize the potential grave consequences of injury and/or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives.

HNES 210 classes are offered in two different formats: the 8-week session format and the weekend format.  The 8-week sessions (mentioned above) are for the student who has no previous training or certification with First Aid, CPR, and the use of an AED.  The 8-week sessions are offered via campus connection at times corresponding with registration sessions for the fall and spring semesters. 

The HNES 210 weekend training session is designed as a Review/Challenge Course, and is specifically set-up for (and available to) the student who has a previous certification from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the National Safety Council.  It is important to note that registration for the weekend course takes place with Distance and Continuing Education at NDSU, and that instructor permission is required to enroll.

Coaching Certification

Students completing a Physical Education major or minor are qualified to coach in every state. Fifteen states do not require coaches education, 36 states require coaches education for non-teacher coaches, 15 states require coaches education for all coaches, and 32 states accept the completion of the American Sport Education Program (state-by-state requirements) coaching certification program as qualification for a coaching position.

The Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at NDSU offers the American Sport Education Program and certification in HNES 211- Successful Coaching. At the completion of HNES 211, students complete a certification exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive coaching certification.

Students who desire a job in the coaching profession should consider taking some of the following courses:

First Aid/Prevention and Care of Injuries
HNES 210 First Aid and CPR

Sport Skill Analysis
HNES 365 Kinesiology
HNES 301 Motor Learning & Performance
HNES 368 Biomechanics of Exercise

Conditioning and Physiology
HNES 367 Principles of Conditioning
HNES 465 Physiology of Exercise

Administration and Management
HNES 461 Administrative and Social Aspects of Physical Education and Athletics

Psychology and Sociology
HNES 226 Socio-cultural Dimension in Sport

Methods of Coaching
HNES 330 Coaching Football
HNES 331 Coaching Basketball
HNES 332 Coaching Track and Field
HNES 333 Coaching Wrestling
HNES 334 Coaching Baseball and Softball
HNES 335 Coaching Volleyball
HNES 336 Methods of Coaching

Physical Best Certification


Physical Best is a health-related fitness program of NASPE/AAHPERD. When combined with the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM assessment program, it provides a comprehensive set of resources and professional development workshops for teaching health-related fitness in a K-12 physical education curriculum.

Students enrolled in HNES 350 Fitness Education Activities and Materials have an opportunity to also become certified in Physical Best through the completion of a certification exam at the conclusion of the course.


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North Dakota State University
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Campus address: Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse Room 1 and E Morrow Lebedeff Hall 351
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:30:44 AM