Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)

Description

The health and fitness technician works in many areas of health promotion, and must be able to motivate clients, adapt exercises to client needs, and monitor the safety and progress of clients. Graduates of the Health and Fitness Technology program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Cincinnati State also offers several certificates in specialized areas of health and fitness. These areas include aquatic fitness instruction and personal training, group fitness instruction, Pilates mat instruction, personal fitness training, resistance training, fitness instruction for special populations, and yoga instructor training.

Related Programs

Program Code

HFT.AAS

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in Health Promotion and Fitness fields
  • Conduct health and fitness screenings
  • Design and lead fitness programs for individuals or groups
  • Educate individuals or groups on the dimensions of wellness
  • Assist with community advocacy for health-related policies

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Health and Fitness Technician
  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Wellness Coach
  • Fitness Program Instructor
  • Fitness Specialist

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$15.25/hour (median pay)

Employment Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 13 percent through 2022. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Christ Hospital-Wellness Division
  • Mercy HealthPlex
  • Five Seasons
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • YMCA
  • Silverlake/Better Bodies
  • Queen City Kettlebell
  • Girls on the Run
  • Twin Lakes/Twin Towers

Co-op Salary Projections

Varies according to position

Curriculum

Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
HFT 130 Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs ( T) 2 2 3
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 3 2 4
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 2      
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences 2 2 3
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
DT 120 Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle ( T) 3 0 3
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 1 (B)   0 2 1
Semester 3      
EMS 100 CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional ( B) 1 0 1
COMM 110 Public Speaking ( B) 3 0 3
BUS 190 Professional Practices ( T) 1 0 1
XXX XXX Business Elective (B)   3 0 3
Semester 4      
HFT 250 Exercise Physiology ( T) 3 2 4
HFT 172 Health and Fitness Training: Older Adults ( T) 3 0 3
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 1 (T)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 2 (T)   3 0 3
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 2 (B)   0 2 1
Semester 5      
HFT 260 Health and Fitness Program Design ( T) 3 2 4
HFT 294 Internship: Health and Fitness Technology ( T) 1 40 2
HFT 164 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span I ( T) 3 0 3
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 3 (T)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 4 (T)   3 0 3
Total Credits:   56 56 65

Electives

Art/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Electives  
Any ART, CULT, LIT, MUS, PHI, THE 3
or, any ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Business Elective  
Any ACC, MGT, MKT 3
Physical Education Electives (2 credits required)  
Any PE 2
Health and Fitness Electives (12 credits required)  
HFT 100 Lifeguarding 2
HFT 102 Journal Writing 2
HFT 104 Herbology 4
HFT 108 Aromatherapy 3
HFT 116 Pilates Mat Instructor 2
HFT 120 Alternative and Complementary Medicine 3
HFT 122 Group Fitness Instructor 4
HFT 124 Resistance Training Instructor 4
HFT 128 Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor 4
HFT 151 Personal Fitness Trainer 1 4
HFT 152 Personal Fitness Trainer 2 4
HFT 156 Establishing a Personal Training Business 3
HFT 160 Aquatic Personal Trainer 2
HFT 164 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span I 3
HFT 168 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span II 3
HFT 172 Health and Fitness Training: Older Adults 3
HFT 176 Health and Fitness Training: Women's Health 3
HFT 180 Pilates Mat Practicum 2
HFT 182 Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum 2
DT 105 Geriatric Nutrition 3
DT 110 Community Nutrition 3
DT 120 Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle 3
DT 125 Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 3

Contacts

Program Chair
Henry (Trey) Morgan, MS, ATC
(513) 569-4252
Advisor
Melinda (Mindy) Piles, MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT, Advisor, Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate
(513) 569-5713
melinda.piles@cincinnatistate.edu