Overview

The Health and Fitness Special Populations Certificate prepares students with a current certification in Personal Training, Group Fitness, or Yoga Teacher Training to work in the field of exercise science with a range of individuals, including clients with chronic diseases, youth, older adults, and clients concerned with women’s health.

Contacts

Program Chair

Melinda (Mindy) Piles
MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in the exercise science field with clients including individuals with chronic diseases, youth, older adults, and clients concerned with women’s health (Must hold a national health & fitness certification to enter this certificate)

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Personal Fitness Trainer (with additional certification)
  • Group Fitness Instructor (with additional certification)
  • Yoga Instructor (with additional certification)

Graduate Employment Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. 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.

$15.25/hour (median pay)

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Certificate does not include co-op

Curriculum

Effective 2021-2022 academic year

Health and Fitness Special Populations Certificate (HFSPC)

Program Prerequisites: Meet with Program Chair

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
EXS 130 Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs 2 2 3
EXS 164 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 1 3 0 3
Semester 2
EXS 168 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 2 3 0 3
Total Credits: 8 2 9

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Contacts

Program Chair

Melinda (Mindy) Piles
MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT