This AA track is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in health promotion, fitness, or corporate wellness. An analysis of job markets in fields related to health promotion shows that they are experiencing rapid growth expansion as our society continues to become more aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This track has been designed as a transfer program, including a program developed in conjunction with Salisbury University’s exercise science degree. This associates degree program is also appropriate for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in exercise science, health promotion, health education, or kinesiology from another college or university.
Students will acquire knowledge and skills and will develop the abilities to apply theoretical information in practical real-life situations. Emphasis is on an understanding of the human body, health behavior, personal health, lifetime fitness principles and training techniques, nutrition, weight control, stress management, and other related healthy lifestyle topics. Students will learn to assess the different components of health and fitness, and they will acquire skills in the design, implementation, and supervision of healthier lifestyle programs for groups and individuals. Students will also acquire the program assessment and evaluation skills needed for the successful implementation of health behavior change programming.
Completion of the AA requirements in health fitness will prepare students for fitness certifications through nationally recognized professional organizations such as the American Council on Exercise. Upon completion of designated courses, students will be eligible to sit for various NCCA approved certifications for a reduced fee. Upon completion of the Salisbury University degree, students will be eligible to sit for a variety of CoAES professional certifications including Certified Health Educator Specialist certification, ACSM’s Health Fitness Specialist certification, or NCSA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.