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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Career Studies Certificate AL, AN, LO, MA, WO

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to train students to become knowledgeable fitness instructors in health clubs, recreation departments, and fitness facilities in business and industry.

Recommended Preparation: Students are expected to attain high levels of fitness during this program and, consequently, should be in good health to participate in vigorous workouts.

Special Admission Information: No classes will be waived without permission of a Fitness Certificate advisor.

Completion Requirements: The following must be met to obtain the Fitness Career Studies Certificate:

  1. Attain a good to excellent score on three out of five fitness assessments.
  2. Achieve a grade of C or better in all certificate courses.
  3. Score 80% or higher on the exit exam.
  4. Hold a current CPR certification.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or a current CPR card 1
PED 103 Aerobic Fitness I or PED 105 Aerobic Dance I 1
PED 111 Weight Training I 1
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1-2
Total   4-5
2nd Semester
CST 110 Intro to Communication or CST 126 Interpersonal Communication 3
PED 107 Exercise and Nutrition 1
1PED 220 Adult Health and Development 2-3
Total   6-7
Total credits for the Fitness Career Studies Certificate =10-12

Other suggested courses (not required): DIT 121 Nutrition I; PED 195 Topics in Kinesiology/Biomechanics; PED 195 Topics in Exercise Physiology; PED 195 Topics in Personal Trainer Preparation; or PED 195 Topics in Group Exercise.

1 PED 190 – Coordinated Internship, 2 cr., may be substituted for PED 220 with approval of a Fitness advisor.