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Health & Fitness Specialist

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The program is designed to prepare and equip students for entry-level positions in a health/fitness setting. This program is also designed to prepare students for personal training certification exams by professional organizations.

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Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students who have completed BIOL2252 and BIOL2254 may substitute both courses for BIOL1004.

All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to graduate.

Current CPR for Health Care Providers (AHA) or CPR for Professional Rescuer (RC) certification is required prior to enrollment in FITN 2525. Certification must be kept current for the duration of enrollment in this program.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 64
Arithmetic: 50

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL 1004 Intro Anatomy & Phys 3 credits
FITN 2101 Hlth/Fitness Assessment 3 credits
FITN 2103 Fitness Program Instuctor 3 credits
FITN 2503 Intro Exercise Physiology 3 credits
FITN 2525 Field Internship 4 credits
HLTH 1126 Therapeutic Communication 2 credits
HPER 1110 Concepts of Phys Fitness 3 credits
HPER 2210 Intro to Kinesiology 2 credits
HPER 2250 Prevent/Care Athletic Inj 3 credits
HPER 2270 Health and Wellness 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 29 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will design safe and effective exercise/fitness programs for various populations.
2. Student will conduct individual exercise programs and health education for various populations
3. Student will conduct fitness testing utilizing various components of fitness and proper testing equipment.
4. Student will demonstrate proper strength training mechanics.
5. Student will demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities in health/fitness testing and instruction.
6. Student will demonstrate professional characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes as expected in the health and fitness field.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Graduates of the Health & Fitness Specialist certificate will be qualified and skilled for a career in personal training. Nationwide and regional demand in this field is growing exponentially. Employment projections in the United States for fitness trainers from 2009-2019 show a 29.4% increase. In the state of Minnesota alone, this increase is at 24.3%. Both of these employment changes are well above average.

Public interest in fitness is expected to continue to grow. In part, this growth will come from the baby boomers who are starting to retire. These retirees are expected to be active and want to stay in shape, so many of them will take fitness classes. There have been recent increases in children's health club membership as parents worry about childhood obesity. In addition, businesses are starting to pay for their employees to work out. They do this so that their employees will be more alert and feel better while at work. Businesses may also be able to reduce their insurance payments if their employees are healthier.

The employment outlook for fitness trainers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 16.1%, a high growth career.

Program Faculty

Thief River Falls Campus

  • Mandy Crittenden
  • Asst. Women's Basketball Coach/HPER Instructor
  • (218) 683-8700