Fitness Wellness Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hybrid program versus a hybrid course?
The Fitness Wellness major is a hybrid program. This means that some of the required courses are offered face to face and some of them are offered completely online. It is important to develop and employ a routine; good time management skills; and professional, courteous online communication skills to be successful in any academic course although oftentimes students report needing to exercise more self-discipline in those skills to be successful in a totally online environment.
A hybrid course, on the other hand, is a course that meets face to face and incorporates online assignments, discussions, readings, and various additional activities to enhance the face to face course.
If I declare the Fitness Wellness major, am I automatically in the program?
No. NAU students may declare the Fitness Wellness major, but to be accepted into the program, students must submit a program application and be formally accepted into the program.
What certifications am I required to pass for program completion?
NAU's Fitness Wellness program requires students to sit for and pass a nationally accredited, program approved certification. Nationally accredited exams that are program approved include the following:
- American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer or Health Coach Certification
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer or Health Fitness Specialist
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
How does the program prepare me for these types of exams?
The NAU Fitness Wellness program is aligned with the standards and guidelines for the accreditation of educational programs for personal fitness training put forward by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). The CoAES is made up of members representing the following organizations:
- American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Council on Exercise
- American Kinesiotherapy Association
- Medical Fitness Association
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- The Cooper Institute
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
The NAU Fitness Wellness program incorporates information from all of the organizations listed above in the delivery of course content, texts, lectures, and labs.
Of the program approved nationally accredited certifications, which certifications should I sit for?
The certification must be an approved program certification (nationally accredited certification through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies [NCAA]). The NAU Fitness Wellness program is broad based and covers a variety of content from CoAES organizations, so students can self-select the direction in which they would like to craft their career path. For example, if a student is particularly interested in strength and conditioning, the student will align their study and application toward sitting for the National Strength and Conditioning certified personal trainer and/or the certified strength and conditioning specialist exam. Faculty guidance is provided to help students make informed decisions.