Health & Fitness Technician

Help improve the health of others

Health & Fitness Technician

Help improve the health of others

Health & Fitness Technician

Help improve the health of others

Fitness professionals and personal trainers are in high demand. If you’d like to help other improve their nutrition, fitness levels, and overall health, join our Health & Fitness Technician program today!

Program Options

The Health & Fitness program will prepare you for entry-level work in the expanding health and fitness industry. This is a one-year certificate program, which can also be taken on a part-time basis. Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, principles of strength training, principles of cardiovascular training, fitness testing, kinesiology, group exercise instruction, injury prevention, nutrition, and others.

Degree Paths

Health & Fitness Technician, AAS
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Certificate Options

Health & Fitness Technician Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
HFT 100 - Stability, Mobility and Movement

HFT 100 - Stability, Mobility and Movement

(3)
Instruction of a variety of stability and mobility techniques. Introduction to teaching and learning strategies to restore stability and mobility of the kinetic chain and train the body to move effectively. Prerequisite: HFT 107 with a “C” or better.

HFT 101 - Introduction to Kinesiology

HFT 101 - Introduction to Kinesiology

(5)
Introduction to the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body (including origins, insertions, and actions of the muscles). Understanding of the mechanical qualities of movement. Prerequisite: HFT 136 with a “C” or better.

HFT 102 - Principles of Strength Training

HFT 102 - Principles of Strength Training

(4)
Explores technique, programming and progressions for resistance training. Prerequisite: HFT 100 and HFT 107 with a “C” or better.

HFT 103 - Fitness Testing

HFT 103 - Fitness Testing

(3)
Incorporates fitness industry standards with regard to appropriate assessment techniques and participant screening. Introduction to pre-participation screening procedures and functional and physiological assessments. Prerequisite: HFT 107 with a “C” or better.

HFT 104 - Principles of Cardiorespiratory Training

HFT 104 - Principles of Cardiorespiratory Training

(2)
Explores programming and progressions for cardiorespiratory training. Prerequisite: HFT 136 with a “C” or better.

HFT 105 - Principles of Exercise Science

HFT 105 - Principles of Exercise Science

(5)
Introduction to how the body changes as a result of acute and chronic exercise. Emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Prerequisite: HFT 136.

HFT 106 - Injury Prevention

HFT 106 - Injury Prevention

(2)
Introduction to the basic knowledge and skills that aid in the prevention of injuries common in athletic and recreational activities. None

HFT 107 - Foundations of Personal Training

HFT 107 - Foundations of Personal Training

(5)
Introduction to the concepts and basic knowledge required for jobs in the fitness industry. Focuses on the scope of practice, terminology, major muscles and bones, and fitness training principles. None

HFT 108 - Leadership and Implementation

HFT 108 - Leadership and Implementation

(3)
Focuses on principles of motivation and adherence, communication and teaching techniques, and basics of behavioral change and health psychology. None

HFT 136 - Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Fitness Tech

HFT 136 - Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Fitness Tech

(5)
Basic concepts of the structure and function of the following systems: Cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, nervous, muscular, and endocrine. Prerequisite: HFT 107 with a “C” or better.

HFT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

HFT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

(1-15)
Supervised work experience in the field. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

HFT 209 - Fitness Instructor Prep

HFT 209 - Fitness Instructor Prep

(3)
Prepares students to become group fitness instructors. Focuses on the following topics: Human movement, basic injury prevention, designing and leading group fitness classes, motivational strategies, and cueing. None

Courses List

 

Outcomes

Graduates of the Health and Fitness Technician program will be able to:

  • Obtain an entry-level position in a health-fitness related workplace.
  • Prepare to pass a nationally accredited Personal Trainer certifi­cation exam.
  • Prepare to pass a nationally accredited Group Fitness Instructor certification exam.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in developing and leading group exer­cise programs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in developing and instructing safe and effective personal training programs to improve stability, mobil­ity, and function.
  • Use appropriate strategies to motivate clients to adopt healthier behaviors.
  • Demonstrate proficiency at basic fitness assessment and program design.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and technical and information literacy skills.
Program Costs

Program cost information available for Certificate Options only

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