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Fitness and Wellness Specialist


Learn 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, developing skills for positive behavioral change. Those who are taking the program 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 MAT 086, REA 112, and WRT 101.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

Program/Major Codes: CRTFWS/FWS

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:  Work as a personal trainer, group exercise, community health or recreation leader, or as a health club or corporate wellness professional.

Academic Options:  Pursue further studies toward exercise science, physical therapy, strength and conditioning or athletic training. 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.

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Program Requirements 2018-2019

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
FAW 182 Healthy Living and Mind-Body Training 3
FAW 183 Health Coach Professional 3
FAW 184 Health, Wellness and Physical Activity 3
FSN 154 Nutrition 3
  or FSS 241   Nutrition for Exercise and Sport
FSS 234 Fundamentals of Exercise Science 3-4
  or FSS 234A & 234B   Fundamentals of Exercise Science
  or FSS 273   Sport Physiology
Subtotal 15-16

Required Support/Elective Courses:

Select at least 7 credits from the following list.

Course # Course Title Credits
FAW* Fitness Classes (Choose up to 3 FAW group fitness
FSS 280 Weight Management Specialist 2
FSS 291 Fitness and Sport Sciences Internship 3
PSY 218 Health Psychology 3
WED 110 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3
WED 111 Self-Care for Personal Wellness 2
Subtotal 7
Total 22-23

* Only the one (1) credit fitness classes in the following list are allowed and cannot be repeated. FAW 104F1, 104F2, 106F2, 106F3, 106F4, 110F1, 110F2, 110F3112F1, 113F1, 123F1128F3, 128F6, 129F3, 130, 131, 132, 134F1, 136, 138F1148F1, 155F1, 157F1, 163, 165.