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Health & Fitness Promotion - Program Description

The Health and Fitness Promotion degree program, as a 2 + 2 program, serves to provide advanced education in the area of health and fitness for students who have completed an associate's degree with a science and health emphasis. There are two possible program "tracks": The science track is intended for those students who wish to pursue employment in settings that promote health and wellness including fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities, as personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists; the business track will provide fundamental courses in business and management which will prepare students for business ownership or management positions within health and fitness organizations. The Health and Fitness Promotion degree may also serve the purpose of providing a means for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in a similar field. As an example, the program would allow the physical therapist assistant to "bridge the gap" between the associates degree and the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Students in either track will be able to choose from specialized electives with an emphasis on exercise and sports.

Students In This Major:

  • Utilize knowledge of foundational science and/or business principles to guide decision
    making in the health and fitness setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively and accurately assess all components of physical
    fitness.
  • Effectively develop health and fitness programs based on the outcomes of fitness assessment and interpretation of exercise testing.
  • Effectively implement individualized and group exercise programs that meet the health and fitness goals of the intended audience.
  • Utilize strategies that effectively promote positive behavioral change related to health and fitness.
  • Effectively utilize research evidence to guide best practice in the area of health promotion and fitness programming.
  • Effectively identify and communicate health and fitness needs for individuals and groups to promote advancement of disease and injury prevention for society.
  • Be prepared to seek specialized fitness certifications and/or advanced degrees in areas
    related to health and fitness.

Admission Requirements:

This is a 2+2 program. A student must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to this curriculum:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • AAS, AS, or AA degree in an area that emphasizes health and fitness (i.e. PTA), which
    includes a minimum of 5 credit hours of health/fitness related coursework.
  • Successful completion of the following courses or equivalent:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (equivalent of BIOL 217/218)
    • English Composition (GER 10)
    • Introductory Psychology (GER 3)
    • Human Development or Life Span Psychology (equivalent of PSYC 225)
    • Kinesiology
    • Math (GER 1)
    • Introduction to Business (business track only)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 2254)

Science Track

Semester V Credits

CHEM 150 College Chemistry I 4
HEFI 301 Health and Wellness Promotion 3
MATH 141 Statistics 3
PHYS 121 College Physics I 3
PHYS 125 Physics Lab I 1
  U/L Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester VI Credits

CHEM 155 College Chemistry II 4
HEFI 302 Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan 3
HEFI 303 Exercise Physiology 3
PHYS 122 College Physics II 3
PHYS 126 College Physics II Lab 1
U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester VII Credits

HEFI 401 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 4
HEFI 406 Orientation to Internship 1
HSMB 330 Grant Writing Strategies 2
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
U/L Program Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VIII Credits

HEFI 405 Current Issues in Health and Fitness* 3
HEFI 407 Health Fitness Internship AND/OR
U/L Program Electives
6-9
3-6
  U/L General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 12-15

Business Track

Semester V Credits

BSAD 200 Business Communications 3
BSAD 215 Small Business Management 3
HEFI 301 Health and Wellness Promotion 3
MATH 141 Statistics 3
  U/L Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VI Credits

BSAD 301 Principles of Management 3
HEFI 302 Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan 3
HEFI 303 Exercise Physiology 3
SPMT 306 Sports Operations and Facilities Management 3
U/L Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VII Credits

HEFI 401 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 4
HEFI 406 Orientation to Internship 1
HSMB 330 Grant Writing Strategies 2
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
U/L Program Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VIII Credits

BSAD 340 Management Communications 3
HEFI 405 Current Issues in Health and Fitness* 3
HEFI 407 Health Fitness Internship AND/OR
U/L Program Electives
6-9
3-9
TOTAL CREDITS 15

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement

U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

Program Electives: HEFI 310 Advanced Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, HEFI 320/PSYC 320 Psychology of Health and Fitness, HEFI 370/SSCI 370 Occupational Health & Safety, HEFI 402 Strength and Conditioning, HEFI 403 Community Wellness, HSMB 303 Occupational Health & Safety.

NOTE: Health & Fitness Promotion students must take seven out of ten General Education Requirements including one and ten, 30 total General Education credits, 45 upper level credits, and successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.

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Diane Para, Ph. D
Program Director
Cook Hall 117
parad@canton.edu