The Health and Fitness Specialist program prepares students for employment as an exercise specialist, qualified to work in a variety of health and wellness career fields. This program is based on the principles and practices of exercise science, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching.
Areas of study include anatomy, exercise technique, human motion, exercise physiology, nutrition, program design, athletic performance, and applications for special population clients. In addition, courses in psychology, computer, and marketing are offered to complement the program.
The coursework also prepares the student for the national certification/credentialing exams which are an industry standard for employment in this field. The credentialing includes Certified Personal Trainer exams from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Optional certifications that may be attained include the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and the Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine) for working with special population clients.