Health Promotion (BS)

The Health and Exercise Science Department has suspended admissions to the Health Promotion Program while curricular changes are underway.  Please create an AppConnect account to stay up-to-date on important program information and announcements.


Program Description:

This degree-completion program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, is designed to prepare students to work as health promoters.  Students completing the Health Promotion degree are fully equipped to lead programs geared toward helping people to stop smoking, lose weight, eat better, exercise more, stop abusing drugs, and manage stress. Graduates typically find employment in public health agencies, clinical facilities such as hospitals and medical clinics, college and university student wellness departments, voluntary agencies, and worksite health promotion departments. 

Two certifications are available to students completing the degree program. These include the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (offered at various national sites), and the Health/Fitness Instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine (offered at Appalachian).

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Program Structure:

The online Health Promotion BS degree-completion program admits students each fall.  Courses are sequenced to take into account pre- and co-requisites. This is a part-time (typically 2 courses/semester) year-round program.  Because the Appalchian courses are delivered fully online, students must have reliable access to the internet and a high-speed/broadband access (cable or DSL) is strongly recommended.  See minimum computer requirements.

Admission Requirements:

Step 1:

  • Admission to the University: Appalachian State‚Äôs Undergraduate Transfer Admission Requirements
    • Application for Admission: The application for admission must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received) and ready for review by the applicable deadline. Please continue to log into your application to check for missing items until you receive notice that you have been admitted to Appalachian State University.

Since this is a transfer program, no test scores (ACT or SAT) are required for admission.

Step 2:

  • Admission to cohort: In addition to meeting the University's Admission requirements (re: Step 1), to enter this distance education transfer program, applicants must complete Appalachian's General Education requirement.   The General Education requirement can be met through one of the following options:

    • An Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a North Carolina Community College
    • An Associate of Science (AS) degree from a North Carolina Community College
    • Completion of Appalachian's General Education curriculum (course by course)
    • Completion of an AA or AS from an out-of-state school will be reviewed on an individual basis.
    • Completion of a previous 4-year degree from an accredited institution

Program Requirements


  • Upper-division requirements. Delivered online by Appalachian faculty.
    • Typically two (6sh) courses delivered each semester. fall semester (16-week), spring semester (16-week), and summer semester (5-week or 10-week session).
    • Total of ten semesters (year-round-three years and one semester).
    • Appalachian courses are delivered only ONCE to each cohort; completion of courses is the student's responsibility, including make-up if necessary (via another cohort, on-campus in Boone, or approved substitute from another institution).
  • Program of study.  This program is currently undergoing some curricular revisions.  A tentative course schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available. 


Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester.  If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (contact info below).

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Program ManagerMs. Lisa Houser
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084 ext. 2906
Local Phone: 828-262-2906
Fax:  828-265-8673

Major Code: 
Health Promotion
Houser, Lisa