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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

Admission Fact Sheet

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
n/a 0 – 1 0 – 2 n/a 1 – 2 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: ENG 011
3 n/a n/a 3 3
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2, and either BIO 090 or one unit of high school Biology, and either CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry 3 2 n/a 5 4
HFS 110 Exercise Science n/a 4 n/a n/a 4 4
HFS 111 Fitness and Exercise Testing I n/a 3 2 n/a 5 4
PED Elective n/a 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
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra
Prerequisites for MAT 143 and MAT 152: MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite for MAT 143: MAT 043
Corequisite for MAT 152: MAT 052
Prerequisites for MAT 171: MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152
Corequisite for MAT 171: MAT 071
2 – 3 2 n/a 4 – 5 3 – 4
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II Prerequisite: BIO 168 3 2 n/a 5 4
HEA 110 Personal Health and Wellness Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
PED Elective n/a 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 Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Choose one:
ART 111 Art Appreciation
MUS 110 Music Appreciation
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 Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HFS 116 Prevention and Care of Exercise Related Injuries n/a 2 2 n/a 4 3
HFS 118 Fitness Facility Management n/a 4 n/a n/a 4 4
HFS 218 Lifestyle Changes and Wellness n/a 3 2 n/a 5 4
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life n/a 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 n/a 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 n/a n/a 2 – 3 n/a 2 – 3 1
PED Elective n/a 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 n/a 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 n/a 4 n/a n/a 4 4
HFS 111 Fitness and Exercise Testing I n/a 3 2 n/a 5 4
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life n/a 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 n/a 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