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Health and Wellness

Health Fitness Specialist

See Health Fitness Specialist - Associate In Applied Science


This program will give the health fitness student the fundamental knowledge of exercise physiology; human anatomy and physiology; biomechanics; prevention and treatment of exercise-related injuries; CPR, First Aid, and AED readiness skills; health appraisals and assessments; application of fitness principles and strength training; applicable knowledge of nutrition, weight management, stress management, and self-employment; skills in health fitness assessment, as well as designing and leading endurance and strength programs for diverse populations.

The Health Fitness Specialist program prepares students to sit for two of the most nationally recognized fitness certification exams: The National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Personal Trainer Exam, and the American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer or Health Fitness Specialist Exam. In addition, upon completion of this associate degree, the health fitness specialist will also have attained the Delta College Personal Trainer Certificate.

Students are required to complete a 300 hour internship experience at or near the end to the program.

Program Outcomes

  1. Assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for apparently healthy individuals and individuals with controlled disease.
  2. Motivate individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of applied exercise physiology and anatomy, exercise programming, emergency procedures and safety, program administration, staff training and supervision, as well as overall facility and program management through written and oral demonstration.
  4. Demonstrate professional work habits and appropriate interpersonal relationships with clients and other health/fitness workers.
  5. Practice healthy lifestyle choices for themselves to model for clients, employees, and the general population.

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