The Health Promotion and Fitness Management major provides the knowledge and competencies related to a variety of health and fitness settings. The program combines curriculum and instruction from courses in the areas of biology, health, and exercise science. A dedicated focus within these disciplines provide the preliminary basis of information necessary for a future profession as a health care provider to promote healthy lifestyles. These professions could include a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Physical Therapist (PT), Wellness Director, Chiropractor and others.
This major will require a maximum eleven courses to complete the major. Courses in the biology, health, and exercise science disciplines fulfill the academic and competency based requirements to take a number of certifications in health and fitness. The requirements are based upon those suggested by the American College of Sports Medicine (http://certification.acsm.org/files/file/acsm-certified-personal-trainer-exam-content-outline.pdf) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (http://www.nsca.com/ERP/). The major follows more closely the requirements of the NSCA. In order to be a Recognized Education Program (REP) by the NSCA we provide formal instruction in the following content areas:
The major includes some of the prerequisite courses for professional graduate programs in other allied health (occupational and physical health) professions while still leaving room for necessary prerequisite courses outside of the major.
Although not required for the HPFM major, in preparation for some health subspecialties and fitness careers or for graduate school, it is strongly recommended that students take prerequisites for those programs which may include: