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, 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.

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
  • 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

Curriculum

Effective 2017-2018 academic year

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
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning ( G) 2 2 3
HFT 130 Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs ( B) 2 2 3
Semester 2      
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 1 (B)   0 2 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 3      
EMS 100 CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional ( B) 1 0 1
COMM 110 Public Speaking ( G) 3 0 3
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
HFT 151 Personal Fitness Trainer 1 ( T) 2 2 3
HFT XXX Special Populations Elective (T)   3 0 3
Semester 4      
HFT 250 Exercise Physiology ( T) 3 2 4
HFT 152 Personal Fitness Trainer 2 ( T) 2 2 3
HFT 156 Establishing a Personal Training Business ( T) 3 0 3
HFT 182 Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum ( T) 1 7 2
DT 120 Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle ( B) 3 0 3
Semester 5      
HFT 260 Health and Fitness Program Design ( T) 2 2 3
HFT 294 Internship: Health and Fitness Technology ( T) 1 40 2
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective (T)   3 0 3
HFT 255 Anatomical Kinesiology (T)   3 0 3
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 2 (B)   0 2 1
Total Credits:   50 67 62

Electives

English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues (Health Fitness for Special Populations) 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
Health and Fitness for Special Populations Elective  
HFT 164 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 1 3
HFT 168 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 2 3
Physical Education Electives (2 credit hours required)  
Any PE  
Health and Fitness Elective (3 credit hours required)  
Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (GFIC)  
HFT 122 Group Fitness Instructor 4
Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate (PMIC)  
HFT 116 Pilates Mat Instructor 2
HFT 180 Pilates Mat Practicum 2
Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)  
HFT 124 Resistance Training Instructor 4
Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (YIC)  
HFT 118 Yoga Teacher Training 1 5
HFT 119 Yoga Teacher Training 2 5
HFT 184 Yoga Internship 1 2
HFT 185 Yoga Internship 2 2
Aquatics Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (AFIC)  
HFT 128 Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor 4
Aquatics Personal Fitness Instructor Certificate (APFTC)  
HFT 160 Aquatic Personal Trainer 2
Dietetic Technology  
DT 135 Sports Nutrition 3

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

Contacts

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