Health and Fitness Technician

Overview

The Health/Fitness Technician program is designed as a career ladder program providing students with the option to earn program certificates, industry certification and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The program prepares multi-skilled fitness professionals qualified to perform various skills in the health and fitness industry. Course work includes instruction in exercise science, fitness and exercise, nutrition, prevention and care of injuries, group exercise, personal training, exercise programming, working with special populations, and ethical/legal issues associated with the fitness industry.

This career path has a much higher profile than it ever has before, makes health fitness technicians recognizable as being a real and active part of individual goal setting and achievements. The role that trainers play in the success of their clients is increasingly in the spotlight. Personal trainers dig deep into people’s barriers and motivations for being active. Personal trainers have many roles and are responsible for maintaining the scope of practice for their profession and within the confines of their certification.

Required Courses:

  • BIOL 115 Human Structure & Function/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 150 General Biology/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology (4)
  • COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I (3)
  • FITT 101 Fundamentals of Coaching (1)
  • FITT 106 Kinesiology (4)
  • FITT 110 Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (1)
  • FITT 130 Fitness & Exercise Testing (3)
  • FITT 155 Personal Training/Lab (4)
  • FITT 161 Health & Fitness Internship (2)
  • FITT 174 Special Population (2)
  • FITT 177 Job Readiness ( 1)
  • FITT 219 Sport Nutrition/Lab (4)
  • FITT 220 Strength and Conditioning (4)
  • FITT 221 Medical Exercise Specialist (4)
  • FITT 230 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
  • HPER 136 Weight Training (1)
  • HPER 210 First Aid/ CPR (2)
  • HPER 213 Personal and Community Health (2)
  • HPER Elective (1)

Related General Education Courses:

  • PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 110 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • ELECTIVE General Education Electives (3)

Total Required Credits: 66

Program Goals:

  • 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.

Roger Mitchell

CTE Instructor
Phone: 701.477.7862
e-mail: rmitchell@tm.edu