Program Information




Health and Wellness Course Offerings By Semester
 

There is no application process to obtain one or more of the Health and Wellness Short Certificates. Each certificate can be earned individually or within an Associates in Science Degree by applying those courses to area V. Each certificate focuses on different aspects of health and wellness by guiding students to take courses that prepare them for those different respective fields.

 

The Wellness Certificate (21 hrs) is for the student wishing to have a more comprehensive understanding of health and fitness, as conventional, complementary and alternative therapies are covered. Students will be certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) upon passing the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as First Aid and CPR certifications through the American Heart Association.

 

The Physical Education/Coaching Certificate (23 hrs) is for the student wishing to continue their education at a four-year institution for physical education, teaching or coaching. The courses in this certificate offer basic insight into classroom/player management, student/athlete discipline, responsibilities of teachers/coaches as well as how to physically prepare students/athletes for sports and competition.        

 

The Kinesiology/Exercise Science Certificate (23 hrs) is for the student wishing to continue their education at a four-year institution majoring in kinesiology/exercise science or some related field, or a student wanting to continue their education in the field of physical therapy or physical therapy assistant.    

Students will be certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) upon passing the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as First Aid and CPR certifications through the American Heart Association.

 

The Wellness and Personal Trainer Certificate (29 hrs) is for the student wishing to continue their education at a four-year institution. Students will be certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) upon passing the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as First Aid and CPR certifications through the American Heart Association.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, the student must also abide by the following to be able to receive the Wellness Certificate and Wellness and Personal Trainer Certificate:
1. See either the course advisor or Health and Wellness Coordinator to inform them that you are pursuing the Wellness and Personal Trainer certificate.
2. Have unconditional admission to the College on clear academic status.
3. Be 18 years of age upon completion of certificate.
4. Have 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Southern Union.
5. Send transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required).
6. Meet and comply with standards and policies in the current College Catalog and Student Handbook.

The Wellness and Therapeutic Massage Degree (65 hrs) is for the student wishing to complete a two-year degree, and become a certified personal trainer and a certified massage therapist. 

Students will be certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) upon passing the ACE Personal Trainer Exam as well as First Aid and CPR certifications through the American Heart Association. Also upon successful completion of the program, students may seek licensure from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and/or licensure through a state board of massage therapy.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, the student must also apply and be accepted into the Therapeutic Massage Program and meet the program requirements to be able to pursue the Wellness and Therapeutic Massage Degree.  (See admission requirements for Therapeutic Massage.)
Wellness and Therapeutic Massage Degree Costs

 


WELLNESS

CTE Short-Term Certificate

Course Prefix and Number

Course Description

Credit Hours

Area

HED 226

Wellness

3

V

HED 231

First Aid

3

V

PED 100

Fundamentals of Fitness

3

V

HPS 116

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

3

V

HEC 140 or

PED 224

Principles of Nutrition

3

V

HED 221

Personal Health

3

V

PED 223

Methods of Instruction

3

V

 

Total Hours

21

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/COACHING

CTE Short-Term Certificate

Course Prefix and Number

Course Description

Credit Hours

Area

HED 226

Wellness

3

V

PED 100*

Fundamentals of Fitness

3

V

PED 200

Foundations of Physical Education

3

V

EDU 100

Exploring Teaching as an Occupation

3

V

PED 216

Sports Officiating

3

V

BIO 201

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

V

BIO 202

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

V

 

Total Hours

23

 

 

                                       *PED 223 can be substituted.

 

 

KINESIOLOGY/EXERCISE SCIENCE

CTE Short-Term Certificate

Course Prefix and Number

Course Description

Credit Hours

Area

HED 226

Wellness

3

V

HED 231

First Aid

3

V

BIO 201

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

V

HPS 105

Medical Terminology

3

V

HEC 140 or

PED 224

Principles of Nutrition

3

V

HED 232

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

3

V

PED 223

Methods of Instruction

3

V

PED 105*

Personal Fitness

1

V

 

Total Hours

23

 

 

                                        *Any 1-hour PED course can be substituted.

 

WELLNESS AND PERSONAL TRAINER

CTE Short-Term Certificate

Course Prefix and Number

Course Description

Credit Hours

Area

HEC 140 or

PED 224

Principles of Nutrition

3

V

PED 100

Fundamentals of Fitness

3

V

HED 231

First Aid

3

V

HED 221

Personal Health

3

V

HED 222

Community Health

3

V

 

Any approved HED or PED Courses

3

V

PED 223

Methods of Instruction

3

V

BIO 201*

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

V

BIO 202*

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

V

 

Total Hours

29

 

 

                                       *Survey of Human Biology may be substituted for BIO 201 and BIO 202.



WELLNESS AND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Associate in Applied Science 
Must apply to Therapeutic Massage Program to Pursue This Degree

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Semester

Course Prefix and Number

Course Description

Credit Hours

Area

1 ENG 101 English Composition I 3 I
*BIO 111 Survey of Human Biology 4 III
MSG 101 Intro to Therapeutic Massage 3 V
MSG 102 Therapeutic Massage Lab I 3 V
MSG 104 Musculoskeletal & Kinesiology 3 V
2 ENG 102 English Composition II 3 I
*IDS 102 Ethics (Preferred) or  Fine Arts or Humanities Elective 3 II
HED 226 Wellness 3 V
MSG 202 Therapeutic Massage Lab II 3 V
MSG 204  Musculoskeletal & Kinesiology II 3 V
MSG 105 Therapeutic Massage Clinical I 2 V
3 PSY 200 General Psychology 3 IV
HED 221 Personal Health 3 V
HPS 116 Complementary and Alternative Therapies 3 V

MSG 203

Pathology

3

V

MSG 205  Therapeutic Massage Clinical II 2 V
MSG 201 Massage for Special Populations 2 V
MSG 206  National Certification Exam Review 1 V
4 MTH 100  Intermediate Algebra or Higher 3 III

HEC 140 or

PED 224

Principles of Nutrition 3 V

HED 231

First Aid

3

V

PED 100

Fundamentals of Fitness

3

V

PED 223

Methods of Instruction

3

V

                                                             Total Hours                                                                                                     65  


                              Note: Classes may be taken in any semester if prerequisites are met. All courses for this degree must be                                                       completed with a grade of C or higher.
                             *Students that have completed BIO201 and BIO 202 with a grade of C or higher are not required to take BIO111. 
                             *Any Fine Arts or Humanities Elective will be accepted.