The mission of the Fitness Specialist Studies certificate program is to prepare graduates with entry level skills, and flexibility to compete successfully in a dynamic employment market wherever nutrition and fitness are emphasized.
The Fitness Specialist certificate prepares students for immediate employment in the fitness industry in such settings as health clubs, gyms, YMCAs, and corporate wellness programs. Graduates may also consider such self-employment careers as personal trainer or sales and marketing of health and nutrition programs and fitness equipment. Upon completion of the certificate program, students may take national exams for certification from a variety of fitness associations.
Students must present current First Aid and CPR certification that has a practical skill examination component (such as the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross) and physical examination before beginning EXS* 212 . Students should consult with the coordinator of the Exercise Science and Wellness program for advice about course selection and information about additional costs, including liability insurance for EXS* 212 . For more information, contact the Department at (203) 285-2388.