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Health Fitness Specialist - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.25710

This degree can stand alone or can lead to a bachelor's degree in Health Fitness, Exercise Physiology, or related field. The program prepares students to sit for two of the most nationally recognized fitness certification exams: The National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Personal Trainer Exam, and the American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer or Health Fitness Specialist Exam. This program will give the health fitness student the fundamental knowledge of exercise physiology; human anatomy and physiology; biomechanics; prevention and treatment of exercise-related injuries; CPR, First Aid, and AED readiness skills; health appraisals and assessments; application of fitness principles and strength training; applicable knowledge of nutrition, weight management, stress management, and self-employment; skills in health fitness assessment, as well as designing and leading endurance and strength programs for diverse populations. In addition, upon completion of this associate degree, the health fitness specialist will also have attained the Delta College Personal Trainer Certificate.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 111W4Principles of Biology ______________
CHM 101W5General Chemistry I ______________
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
PSY 211W4General Psychology ______________
--- ---0/1Any Social Science Elective ______________
--- ---5Any Humanities Elective (with at least one department other than COM) ______________

Basic Program Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 152W4Human Anatomy & Physiology I ______________
BIO 153W4Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
LW 220W1Lifelong Wellness ______________
OR ______________
LW 221W(2)Fitness and Wellness ______________
LWT 1651HeartSaver First Aid with CPR AND ______________
LWT 1701Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider ______________
OR ______________
HSC 140(2)Basic Medical Emergencies ______________
LWT 2103Nutrition: The Science of Optimal Living ______________
OR ______________
LW 222(3)The Science of Nutrition and Exercise ______________
LWT 2303Theory of Strength and Conditioning ______________
LWT 2404Health Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer ______________
LWT 2424Group Fitness Instructor ______________
LWT 2514Exercise Physiology ______________
LWT 2553Health Fitness Management and Promotion ______________
LWT 2605Health Fitness Experience ______________
LWA ---1Lifelong Wellness Elective from Category A: ______________
LWA ---1Lifelong Wellness Elective from Category B: ______________

LWA Electives - Category A (Choose from this list for Basic Program Requirements)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
LWA 1011Fitness for Life ______________
LWA 1061Athletic Conditioning ______________
LWA 1081Weight Training ______________
LWA 1111Circuit Training ______________

LWA Electives - Category B (Choose from this list for Basic Program Requirements)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
LWA 1511Kick Boxing ______________
LWA 1521.5Astanga Yoga ______________
LWA 1531Dance Aerobics ______________
LWA 154W1BOSU Ball Training ______________
LWA 156W1Stability Ball Training ______________
LWA 1571Step Aerobics ______________
LWA 1581Pilates ______________

69/72.5Total Credits Required For Associate Degree


1 - In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, you may have to purchase special shoes, shirts, nametags, and provide transportation to all internship sites.
2 - Current CPR certification is required for admission to LWT 260. Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program.
3 - You need to be aware that internship assignments may be outside the Tri-county area.
4 - You may be eligible for the MACRAO or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Consult the current catalog for MACRAO or MTA requirements.

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