Program Information


The 18 credit hour Wellness Certificate and 25-29 credit hour Wellness and Personal Trainer Certificate are designed to give the student a basic foundation of course work needed to immediately work in a health club, fitness center, hospital,  or gym. 

The programs are targeted towards individuals wishing to pursue a 4-year degree in exercise science, health promotions, health and physical education, athletic training, sports management, or a similar field. The Wellness Certificate (18 hrs) is also a great foundation for individuals wishing to pursue a career in health science and other similar fields. 

Fitness and wellness trainers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise (exercises for the heart and blood system), strength training, and stretching. Trainers work with people of all ages and skill levels.  Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 15% from 2019 to 2029, which is faster than average for all occupations.

Wellness Certificate (18 Hrs)

Must take the following 5 courses (15 Hrs).

Course Number Credit Hours
HEC 140/PED 224 Nutrition                                                                                           3
PED 100 Fundamentals of Fitness 3
HED 231 First Aid 3
HED 221 Personal Health 3
HED 222 Community Health 3

Choose any course(s) below for hours 16-18.

Course Number Credit Hours
PED 200 Foundations of Physical Education 3
PED 216 Sports Officiating 3
HED 226 *Wellness 3
HED 232 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
HED 266 *Intro to Health Occupations 3
HPS 105 *Medical Terminology 3
HPS 116 *Overview of Complementary & Alternative Health Therapies 3
BUS 100 *Introduction to Business 3
EDU 100 Exploring Education as an Occupation 3
PTA 100 Intro to Physical Therapy 2
PED Electives 1 Credit Hour Each 1-3

Total Credit Hours 18

Wellness and Personal Trainer Certificate (29 Hrs)

Must take the following 3 Courses (11 Hrs) along with the Wellness Certificate (18 Hrs).

Course Number Credit Hours
PED 223 Methods of Instruction                                                                          3
BIO 201 *Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 202 *Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Sequence of BIO 201 and 202 must be taken OR  
BIO 111 *Survey of Human Biology 4

Total Credit Hours 25-29

*Students may take any classes within the program at any time.