Health Sciences - Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Leadership, AAS


This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to be successful professionals in outdoor adventure, education and leadership.

Course work includes technical training in the areas such as backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and rock-climbing. These skills are taught through facilitation and experiential learning methodologies. This course of study includes interpersonal skills and leadership skills such as group process, conflict resolution, program planning, and management issues.

Graduates from this program will have a sound background in outdoor leadership blended with a solid foundation of general education, business, and computer skills. Graduates are prepared for employment in the adventure tourism industry, therapeutic wilderness programs, specialized adventure/leadership programs, adventure programs for youth, challenge course industry, city, county, and state outdoor programs, public and private outdoor education centers, and private and public school outdoor programs.

Here's what some of our graduates are doing now:

  • Field Instructor - Red Oak Recovery
  • Law Enforcement Ranger - Lake Mead
  • Park Ranger - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Outdoor School Director – Camp Henry
  • Aerial Adventure Guide – Highlands Aerial Park
  • Field Instructor – School of Urban and Wilderness Survival
  • Ranger – United States Forest Service
  • Head Raft Guide – Nantahala Outdoor Center

Outdoor Leadership, AAS - Program of Study - Course Information