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  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Fitness Specialist


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Program Design

Fitness specialists typically work for organizations such as universities, health clubs, professional gymnasiums, resorts, country clubs and hospitals. They work with individuals and groups to help improve clients’ fitness levels. Before designing an exercise program, fitness specialists assess the physical condition of the participants. They lead warm-up and cool-down activities as well as full conditioning programs for their clients.  A fitness specialist also motivates and educates clients in health and fitness.  In addition to exercise duties, a  fitness specialist also performs administrative work, which may include leading tours of fitness facilities, registering new members, monitoring the front desk, writing articles or supervising exercise rooms. Students who complete this program are also eligible to sit for national personal training certification exams.

Curriculum

Fitness Specialist courses are offered in the regular semester and in an 8 week accelerated format. All of the credits in the certificate program can be used to fulfill requirements for the Associate Degree in Health and Exercise Science for students who wish to pursue advanced study. Students should consult with an advisor to discuss course requirements and prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of all Fitness Specialist certificate requirements, graduates will

  1. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain an entry level position as a fitness or wellness specialist.
  2. Demonstrate professional appearance, conduct and effective communication skills.
  3. Be eligible and prepared to pass a national examination in order to qualify as a Certified Personal Trainer.
  4. Be knowledgeable about the employment opportunities available in the fitness field.

Total Credits Required: 17


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