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Health & Fitness Science

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Health and Fitness Science program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry.

You’ll be trained in exercise science and be able to administer basic fitness tests and health risk appraisals, teach specific exercise and fitness classes, and provide instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment and facilities.

The program emphasizes experiential learning through a combination of classroom, online, laboratory and work-based training.

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Health and Fitness Science — Associate in Applied Science
  • Health and Fitness Science — Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you’ll:

  1. Administer basic fitness tests and health risk assessments
  2. Design specific individual exercise programs, based on fitness tests and health risk assessment results
  3. Design and teach group exercise and fitness classes
  4. Provide instruction in proper exercise technique and appropriate use of exercise equipment and facilities
  5. Establish healthy nutritional plans

Careers

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Employment opportunities include positions in:

  • Commercial fitness clubs
  • YMCAs/YWCAs
  • Wellness programs in business and industry
  • Parks and recreation departments
  • Organizations implementing exercise and fitness programs

You may also choose to continue your education through a variety of transfer programs at other colleges and universities.

Resources

Handbook

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid

Partnership

COA has an articulation agreement with Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science degree in Health and Fitness Science may transfer into the B.S. Kinesiology — Concentration in Fitness and Wellness program at ECSU.

Curriculum Guides

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
Choose one:
ACA 111 College Student Success
or
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
none 0 – 1 0 – 2 n/a 1 – 2 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Appropriate placement, or
Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098
3 n/a n/a 3 3
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I Prerequisites: One unit of high school Biology or BIO 090, one unit of high school Chemistry or CHM 090, and ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050, or DRE 098 and DMA 010-050, or appropriate placement 3 2 n/a 5 4
HFS 110 Exercise Science none 4 n/a n/a 4 4
HFS 111 Fitness and Exercise Testing I none 3 2 n/a 5 4
PED Elective none n/a 2 – 3 n/a 2 – 3 1
Total Semester Hours 13 – 14 6 – 9 n/a 20 – 22 17
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
COM 231 Public Speaking Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Choose one:
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
or
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I
or
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra
Appropriate placement, or
Prerequisites: DMA 050 and DRE 098
Prerequisites: DMA 050 and DRE 098
Prerequisites: DMA 080
2 – 3 2 n/a 4 – 5 3 – 4
BIO 169 Anatomyand Physiology II Prerequisite: BIO 168 3 2 n/a 5 4
HEA 110 Personal Health and Wellness Appropriate placement, or
Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098
3 n/a n/a 3 3
PED Elective none n/a 2 – 3 n/a 2-3 1
Total Semester Hours 11 – 12 6 – 7 n/a 17 – 19 14 – 15
First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
PSY 150 General Psychology Appropriate placement, or
Prerequisites: ENG 080/RED 080, or ENG 085, or DRE 097
3 n/a n/a 3 3
Choose one:
ART 111 Art Appreciation
MUS 110 Music Appreciation
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues
PHI 240 Intro to Ethics
Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 6 n/a n/a 6 6
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BIO 155 Nutrition Appropriate placement, or
Prerequisites: DMA 050 and ENG 090/RED 090, ENG 095, or DRE 098
3 n/a n/a 3 3
HFS 116 Prevention and Care of Exercise Related Injuries none 2 2 n/a 4 3
HFS 118 Fitness Facility Management none 4 n/a n/a 4 4
HFS 218 Lifestyle Changes and Wellness  none 3 2 n/a 5 4
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life none 1 2 n/a 3 2
Total Semester Hours 13 6 n/a 19 16
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
HEA 112 First Aid and CPR none 1 2 n/a 3 2
HFS 120 Group Exercise Instruction Prerequisite: HFS 110 2 2 n/a 4 3
HFS 210 Personal Training Prerequisites: HFS 110 and HFS 111 2 2 n/a 4 3
HFS 212 Exercise Programming Prerequisite: HFS 110 2 2 n/a 4 3
Select two courses:
PED Elective none n/a 2 – 3 n/a 2 – 3 1
PED Elective none n/a 2 – 3 n/a 2 – 3 1
WBL 110 World of Work none 1 n/a n/a 1 1
WBL 111 Work Based Learning I none n/a n/a 10 10 1
Total Semester Hours 7 – 8 8 – 14 0 – 10 18 – 28 13
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 66 – 67
First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
HFS 110 Exercise Science none 4 n/a n/a 4 4
HFS 111 Fitness and Exercise Testing I none 3 2 n/a 5 4
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life none 1 2 n/a 3 2
Total Semester Hours 8 4 n/a 12 10
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
HEA 112 First Aid and CPR none 1 2 n/a 3 2
HFS 120 Group Exercise Instruction Prerequisite: HFS 110 2 2 n/a 4 3
HFS 210 Personal Training Prerequisites: HFS 110 and HFS 111 2 2 n/a 4 3
Total Semester Hours 5 6 n/a 11 8
Total Semester Hours Required for Certificate 18