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Welcome to the Department of Parks, Recreation,
Exercise, and Sport Science (PRESS)

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) has been merged with the Department of Recreation and Park Administration (RPA) to form the Department of Parks, Recreation, Exercise, and Sport Science (PRESS) within the College of Health Sciences at EKU. This merger is opening many new opportunities for all of our majors, increasing inter-professional collaborations to enhance student learning and experiences, and increased future employability.

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Recreation and Park Administration

The Department offers a nationally accredited B.S. degree and a M.S. degree in Recreation and Park Administration. Students and faculty are engaged in classroom instruction, service learning projects, grant writing, and research. The faculty is committed and strongly believes in providing a combination of theory and experience to prepare and motivate students for successful employment in the field.

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Exercise and Sport Science

Whether you want to be in a healthcare professional (athletic trainer, recreational therapist, physical therapist), a fitness professional, or someone who impacts the health and wellness through sport or recreation, You Can Get There From Here! Our degree programs prepare students with cutting edge theory combined with practical learning experiences taught by outstanding faculty in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Recreation and Park Administration


521 Lancaster Avenue
Combs 208
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-1833

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Exercise and Sport Science


521 Lancaster Avenue
Combs 215A
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-8149

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