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Health & Fitness Trainer

Title:Health and Fitness Trainer
 Program #HFT-1                                Diploma Granted

Weeks: 25            Clock Hours
Theory   470
Lab   40
Clinical   90
Total   600

Program Objectives: 1) To prepare students to meet the eligibility requirements for certification if the student wishes to become certified as a Fitness Trainer. 2) To become employed as a Health and Fitness Trainer in a variety of settings including health rehabilitative programs, health improvement programs, and general wellness, exercise and fitness settings. 3) To prepare students to professionally apply occupational specific skills of health and fitness training from assessment through safe management.

Program Purpose: This program is designed to develop qualified employable health and fitness trainers. It follows a logical progression from student to professional as participants learn relevant technical knowledge and skills, problem solving skills, general employability skills, and occupation specific skills. The courses comprising this program develop competency in career readiness, human anatomy, body systems, health, nutrition as well as fitness training principles and practices.

HFT101:Introduction to Health and Fitness: Health Career Core - 90 hours
Theory =72 hours     Lab=18 hours    Clinical=0 hours hours

This course is the introductory course required for all health occupational programs introducing them to the health system. Students learn the basic skills needed to keep themselves and their clients safe, introductory emergency procedures, infection control, how to communicate with clients, basic concepts of wellness, employability skills as well as the basic science needed for understanding health and fitness.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health fitness and wellness delivery system and relevant occupations
  • Demonstrate the understanding of information technology applications in health fitness and wellness
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and fitness concepts
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively
  • Demonstrate Employability Skills
  • Apply Basic Science Skills
  • Recognize and respond to emergency situations
  • Recognize and practice safety and security procedures
  • Recognize and practice infections control procedures

HFT102:Body Structure and Function - 105 hours
Theory =95 hours     Lab=10 hours    Clinical=0 hours hours

This course will provide students with knowledge of the human body structure, systems, functions, growth and its development spanning the life stages. It includes laboratory hours to assist students to assimilate knowledge and understand relationships of systems and functions. It will offer students a foundation upon which to understand the effect, illness, disease and dysfunction has on the human body and the resultant inter relatedness of each part and system.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • To describe the structure and functions of the human body
  • To identify basic cell structure and function and its variations in tissue types
  • To describe and identify the body systems, their component parts, functions, and relationships
  • To demonstrate an understanding of metabolism and its relationship to nutrition
  • To identify and describe the stages of human growth and development spanning the life span

HFT103:Nutrition - 10 hours
Theory =8 hours     Lab=8 hours    Clinical=0 hours hours

This course and lab includes current nutritional concepts, application to health promotion and disease prevention. Resources, cultural diversity and key elements to consider for food management are taught. The importance of nutrition to the human body and its functions throughout the life cycle is taught.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • To apply principles of nutrition
  • To explain regional, cultural and religious food patterns
  • To relate nutrition to wellness and illness states throughout the life cycles
  • To be knowledgeable of resource information

HFT104:Health and Fitness Training - 395 hours
Theory 295 hours     Lab=10 hours    Clinical=90 hours hours

This course explores concepts of integrated training, the professional fitness environment, client acquisition and consultation, as well as assessment and program design. Theories of stabilization strength and endurance will be applied to exercise techniques for optimum client results. Professional, legal and ethical practice will be stressed. The responsibilities and scope of practice for Health and Fitness trainers will underscore learning from assessment through safe management.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical activity, exercise and physical fitness
  • Demonstrate understanding of physical fitness training principles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current and legal issues related to fitness and wellness
  • Identify and discuss energy systems (bioenergetics systems)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of extreme exercise responses, injuries, precautions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of kinesiology and human movement
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the muscular system of the human body
  • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise science
  • Identify the benefits of and barriers to physical activity and the consequences of physical inactivity
  • Identify and understand models of health-related behavior change
  • Understand the psychological considerations of learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Describe and evaluate the different methods of assessing and monitoring exercise intensity
  • Demonstrate understanding of risk factors
  • Describe and evaluate different cardiorespiratory endurance testing options
  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts related to resistance training
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts related to flexibility
  • Understand the responsibilities and scope of practice for a Personal Trainer
  • Identify methods of managing special populations and medical conditions
  • Describe and design various health and fitness programs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of business development