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Health, Fitness, and Exercise Studies (A.S.)

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Title of Major: Health, Fitness, and Exercise Studies, A.S.

Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S.


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60

Learn more about the Health, Fitness, and Exercise Studies Program

Purpose: This program is for students to pursue career options in the health fitness industry; commercial/corporate fitness specialist, personal trainers, health promotion, community health, sports medicine, kinesiology/sports conditioning, or other related allied health career pathways.

Range of Occupations

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness specialist for corporate/commercial, private, and municipal and community recreation
  • Health coach
  • Health promotion
  • Sports conditioning

Additional Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all program requirements. Consult with an academic advisor to ensure the most effective choice of courses to prepare for transferring to a four-year institution. Elective credits must be chosen with the approval of the department chair or program coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 33-37 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Two different disciplines required. See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 8 credits

Computer Technology: 4 credits

See General Education Computer Technology Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

(Must choose a general education mathematics course. See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Computer Competency Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop basic content knowledge in sciences, health, behavior change, fitness, care and prevention of injuries to successfully complete the program’s learning objectives.
  • Apply emerging technology in the health, fitness and exercise industry.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of the English language.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of speaking skills
  • Recognize the importance of cultural diversity and appropriate modes of social interaction within the field of health, fitness and exercise.
  • Apply national standards, legal and ethical responsibilities in personal training, health coach, and care and prevention of injuries.
  • Apply basic assessment and design of exercise recommendations for special populations and various age groups.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective methods of exercise.
  • Motivate individuals to begin and maintain healthy lifestyle behavior as recognized by industry standards.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with physicians, educational institutions, public and private industry.
  • Apply knowledge regarding the global perspective on society and how it affects, health, fitness and exercise.
  • Demonstrate a healthy and safe learning environment.
  • Develop work standards and skills helpful in pursuing a career in the health, fitness and exercise area.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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