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What can I do with this degree?
Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science
This degree is perfect for those individuals who would like to be involved in designing and facilitating fitness programs in a variety of recreational, nonprofit, corporate, and health club settings. At the end of the degree program, students will be prepared to sit for a nationally accredited certification; ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) which is a requirement for many employment opportunities in the fitness profession.
The Fitness Wellness program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Requirements Accordion Open
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
The full policy can be viewed here.
Overview Accordion Closed
In addition to University Requirements:
- 67 units of major requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements.
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.
Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Students may transfer up to 75 units of credit from an accredited community college. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The purpose of the B.S. degree in Health Sciences Fitness Wellness degree program is to provide focused educational and practical experiences to those interested in a career in the emerging fitness/health/wellness industry. Students will be able to design and facilitate fitness programs in a variety of recreational, nonprofit, corporate, and health club settings. The Fitness Wellness program is a combination of general education and core coursework to prepare competent entry-level exercise professionals with the knowledge and skills to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors that lead to increased fitness, wellness, and optimal health. Students engage in a variety of labs, simulations, and other course work and application activities that prepare them to design and implement exercise programs; understand biomechanics and motor development in the physical domain; develop health and wellness programs in the workplace setting; facilitate independent lasting healthy behavior change; teach and demonstrate exercises; and conduct fitness assessment and health screenings. As a culminating experience, students engage in an immersive and hands-on internship in the field of fitness and wellness.
The Fitness Wellness Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with Standards from the American College of Sports Medicine
- Health and Fitness Assessment
- Implement assessment protocols and pre-participation health screening procedures to maximize participant safety and minimize risk.
- Determine participant’s readiness to take part in a health-related physical fitness assessment and exercise program.
- Select and prepare physical fitness assessments for healthy participants and those with controlled disease.
- Conduct and interpret cardiorespiratory fitness assessments.
- Conduct assessments of muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
- Conduct anthropometric and body composition assessments.
- Exercise Prescription and Implementation
- Review pre-participation health screening including self-guided health questionnaires and appraisals, exercise history and fitness assessments.
- Determine safe and effective exercise programs to achieve desired outcomes and goals.
- Implement cardiorespiratory exercise prescriptions using the FITT principle (frequency, intensity, time, and type) for apparently healthy participants based on current health status, fitness goals and availability of time.
- Implement exercise prescriptions using the FITT principle (frequency, intensity, time, and type) for flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance for apparently healthy participants based on current health status, fitness goals and availability of time.
- Establish exercise progression guidelines for resistance, aerobic and flexibility activity to achieve the goals of apparently healthy participants.
- Implement a weight management program as indicated by personal goals that are supported by pre-participation health screening, health history, and body composition/anthropometrics.
- Prescribe and implement exercise programs for participants with controlled cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and other clinical populations.
- Prescribe and implement exercise programs for healthy special populations (i.e., older adults, youth, pregnant women).
- Modify exercise prescriptions based on environmental conditions.
- Exercise Counseling and Behavioral Strategies
- Optimize adoption and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective communication techniques.
- Optimize adoption of and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective behavioral and motivational strategies.
- Provide educational resources to support clients in the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors.
- Provide support within the scope of practice of a Health Fitness Specialist and refer to other health professionals as indicated.
- Create and disseminate risk management guidelines for a health/fitness facility, department or organization to reduce member, employee and business risk.
- Create an effective injury prevention program and ensure that emergency policies and procedures are in place.
Details Accordion Closed
Students may transfer up to 75 units of credit from an accredited community college.
This major requires 67 units distributed as follows:
- Health Sciences Foundations: 23 units
- Fitness Wellness Common Course Requirements: 44 units
Take the following 67 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
Health sciences foundation (23 units)
- Content knowledge in Fitness Wellness (44 units)
- BIO 192 (3 units)
- FW 321, FW 330, FW 343, FW 380, FW 405, FW 406, FW 430 (21 units)
- FW 420C which meets the senior capstone requirement (3 units)
- FW 408* (9 units)
- FIT 100 (2 units):
- Two 1 unit FIT credits which must include the following:
- Teaching Group Fitness (Mind/Body)
- Group Fitness Instructor Training
- Two 1 unit FIT credits which must include the following:
- PE 325 (3 units)
- PSY 101 (3 units)
*FW 408: Students must sign-up, pay-for, and take a nationally accredited certification; ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C). (Please Note: a department approved CPR/First Aid course is required prior to taking this course. The student must locate, take and obtain verification of current certification to be cleared for internship/fieldwork.) In addition, students choosing to double major in Fitness Wellness and Physical Education may substitute PE 495C for the HS 408 Internship course.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
BIO 181 and CHM 151 are not required for this degree, but are prerequisites for other courses which are required for this degree. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit).
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.
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AboutThe Fitness Wellness degree prepares students to safely and effectively work with clients to move toward achieving their health and fitness goals. One of the unique things about our particular program is the incorporation of health coaching, stress management, and behavior change skills in addition to courses in health risk appraisal, fitness assessment, applied movement analysis, and exercise program design. Students who graduate from our program are prepared to work in fitness and health club facilities, collegiate and professional sports performance, health/medical facilities, spa/resort fitness, worksite wellness departments, corporate fitness, independent contracting, and personal training businesses among many other outlets for the promotion of fitness and wellness.
CAAHEP AccreditationThe Fitness Wellness program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727 210 2350 www.caahep.org
CAAHEP Undergraduate Student Outcomes
|American College of Sports Medicine - EP Exam Pass Rates|
|Total students||Students who passed||Average Score (Passing =550)|
|AY '17 - '18||76.5%||34||26||576|
|AY '18 - '19||46.1%||26||12||545|
|AY '19 - '20||65.1%||43||28||564|
|AY 20' - '21||67.2%||55||37||564|
|AY '21 - '22||69.8%||43||30||568|