The Fitness and Wellness Specialist Certificate program is designed to educate students in the science and principles supporting the growing field of wellness. Students will acquire the knowledge needed to work as a professional in the wellness field and develop the skills for positive behavioral change. Students who complete this certificate and wish to practice in the profession will be prepared to sit for a national certification exam. Those who are taking the program specifically for personal development will be able to safely and effectively make healthier lifestyle choices.
Before enrolling in this program, students are encouraged to have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in ICS 081 and REA 112 , and WRT 101 .
Certification testing requires an additional fee to the American Council of Exercise (ACE). Students must be 18 years or older to apply for the certification exam, and possess proof of CPR/AED certification at time of testing.
What can I do with this degree?
Career Options: Work as a personal trainer, group exercise leader, health club sales or management professional, community health leader, corporate wellness programs coordinator, recreation worker/leader, and many other health and wellness related professions. Additional options include pursuing further studies toward exercise science, physical therapy, strength and conditioning, or athletic training. Students may be required to show proof of CPR/AED certificate upon future employment. Take the national certification exam after completion of program through American Council of Exercise (ACE) Health Coach, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Academic Options: A student planning to transfer to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Exercise and Wellness, Health Education and Health Promotion should follow the Associate of Science Degree for Transfer.
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Program/Major Codes: CRTFWS/FWS