Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)


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, while gaining knowledge and skills in anatomy and physiology, foundations of exercise, health and wellness principles, and emergency procedures. Graduates also gain business and computer skills.

While completing requirements for the associate's degree, students complete the Personal Fitness Trainer certificate and may also complete one or more of the following certificates: Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Mat Instructor, Resistance Training, or Yoga Teacher Training.

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

Co-op Salary Projections

Varies according to position


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning ( G) 223
HFT 130Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs ( B) 223
Semester 2  
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 324
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 1 (B)  021
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
Semester 3  
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional ( B) 101
COMM 110Public Speaking ( G) 303
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
HFT 151Personal Fitness Trainer 1 ( T) 223
HFT XXX Special Populations Elective (T)  303
Semester 4  
HFT 250Exercise Physiology ( T) 324
HFT 152Personal Fitness Trainer 2 ( T) 223
HFT 156Establishing a Personal Training Business ( T) 303
HFT 182Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum ( T) 172
DT 120Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle ( B) 303
Semester 5  
HFT 260Health and Fitness Program Design ( T) 223
HFT 294Internship: Health and Fitness Technology ( T) 1402
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective (T)  303
HFT 255 Anatomical Kinesiology (T)  303
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 2 (B)  021
Total Credits:  506762


English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues (Health Fitness for Special Populations)3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Health and Fitness for Special Populations Elective
HFT 164Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 13
HFT 168Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 23
Physical Education Electives (2 credit hours required)
Any PE
Health and Fitness Elective (3 credit hours required)
Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (GFIC)
HFT 122Group Fitness Instructor4
Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate (PMIC)
HFT 116Pilates Mat Instructor2
HFT 180Pilates Mat Practicum2
Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)
HFT 124Resistance Training Instructor4
Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (YIC)
HFT 118Yoga Teacher Training 15
HFT 119Yoga Teacher Training 25
HFT 184Yoga Internship 12
HFT 185Yoga Internship 22
Aquatics Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (AFIC)
HFT 128Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor4
Aquatics Personal Fitness Instructor Certificate (APFTC)
HFT 160Aquatic Personal Trainer2
Dietetic Technology
DT 135Sports Nutrition3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Melinda (Mindy) Piles, MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT
(513) 569-5713
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