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Bachelor of Arts

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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Academics / School of Arts & Sciences / Health, Fitness & Wellness

INSTILL YOUR LOVE OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IN OTHERS.

Do you have a passion for health and for helping others to also pursue a healthy lifestyle? Tiffin University’s health, fitness and wellness program can provide the first step toward a fulfilling career in the health and wellness field. Learn how to design regimens, how to influence exercise and physical activities and how to manage changing health throughout the stages of life. Then, pass that knowledge on, helping to make an impact in the lives of others.

The health, fitness and wellness major is designed for students who would like to pursue a career in the health and wellness field, with an emphasis on leadership, excellence and service. In the program, you’ll learn how to develop skills to design and manipulate regimens to work with healthy or symptomatic individuals, assess psychology and sociological aspects that influence participation in exercise and physical activity, and identify the tools to develop and manage health, fitness and wellness initiatives throughout the lifespan.

With a degree in health, fitness and wellness, you’ll have an excellent foundation to pursue various rewarding careers, including personal trainer, fitness and conditioning coach, public health educator, community health worker, health services manager, corporate wellness professional and more.

Our program provides an opportunity for you to become certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as certified in First Aid/CPR/AED. As a student in this program, you’ll gain a competitive advantage through a required 150-hour internship, which can take place in a variety of settings, such as health clubs, corporate wellness, community health facilities and health care facilities.

Professional Health & Fitness Training
  • Certification Exam (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a built-in curricular requirement
  • Business knowledge for the entrepreneurial-minded student
  • Exercise/fitness knowledge without the science rigor
  • Flexibility in career opportunities, including athletics, corporate and healthcare

In your program, you’ll learn via a case-based approach through applied laboratory activities and assignments. The assignments mimic careers in corporate health, advanced personal training, community health and strength training.

Very importantly, you’ll work each day with instructors who bring extensive experience in the field – with backgrounds in clinical exercise physiology, strength training methods, sport-specific training, nutritional techniques and more. Our faculty has spent years working in various health and human service capacities, including serving as a health coach, assisting strength and conditioning departments at both the high school and collegiate levels and supervising campus recreation operations.

A Practical, Professional Education

As a graduate of the health, fitness and wellness program, you’ll be well prepared, equipped with current, relevant field knowledge and career-ready skills, including:

  • Strength and conditioning principles
  • Athletic testing and test interpretation
  • Nutritional techniques for improving sport performance
  • Sport-specific training methods
  • Postural assessment and corrective exercise
  • Adaptability of the human organism to acute and chronic movement and physical inactivity
  • Injury prevention programming
  • Behavior change theories
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Facilities management
  • Basic management, marketing and finance

In our classes, assignments are always application based, simulating real-life scenarios in order to prepare you for the working world of health, fitness and wellness. You’ll learn via immersive case studies and hands-on lab activities that mimic corrective exercise, lifestyle modification, exercise testing and interpretation, exercise selection and prescription, and injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Bringing Knowledge to Practice
  • Our program utilizes an active, hands-on approach to education.
  • You’ll learn via a case-based approach through applied laboratory activities and assignments.
  • You’ll work in groups, learning to work as a part of a team, which is a valued skillset among employers.
  • Collaborating with students from TU’s diverse population will provide valuable experience in working with students of diverse backgrounds.
  • You’ll see the realities of the health field firsthand through observational hours.
  • You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience through a required professional internship.
CURRICULUM
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology – 3 hours
  • PSY101 Introduction to Psychology – 3 hours
  • NAT124 Introduction to Athletic Training – 3 hours
  • NAT112 First Aid/CPR/AED – 1 hour
  • HCA140 Survey of Healthcare Organizations and Terminology – 3 hours
  • NAT150 and NAT150L Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology + Lab – 4 hours
  • SMG160 Introduction to Sports Management – 3 hours
  • SMG220 Principles of Athletic Development – 3 hours
  • EXS225 Motor Development – 3 hours
  • NAT261 Principles of Health and Fitness Training  – 3 hours
  • SOC280 Sports in American Society – 3 hours
  • PSY211 Introduction to Sports Psychology – 3 hours
  • PSY301 Adult Development and Life Assessment – 3 hours
  • HFW213 Principles of Human Nutrition – 3 hours
  • HFW313 History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity – 3 hours
  • NAT321 Community and Public Health – 3 hours
  • EXS322 Kinesiology – 3 hours
  • HFW415 Advanced Strength and Conditioning + Lab – 4 hours
  • HFW413 Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity – 3 hours
  • HCA474 Social Aspects of Aging – 3 hours
  • SAS470 Internship (w) – 3 hours

Total – 63 hours

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

SAMPLE COURSES

Principles of Human Nutrition (HFW213) – This course provides students with the basic concepts and principles of human nutrition necessary to maintain and promote health through good dietary choices.

History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity (HFW313) – This course explores the historical and philosophical aspects that are involved in the development of sport and physical activity from early civilizations to today. It is designed to improve the understanding and appreciation of the purpose, value, nature, scope and significance of physical activity and sport.

Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (HFW413) – This course covers the social and psychological factors associated with sport and physical activity experiences individuals have through life.

FORMAT

On Campus – Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

The demand for health professionals is rapidly growing as The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a job outlook increase of 13% for public health educator, 4% for corporate wellness coordinator, 14% for community health worker, 14% health services manager, 13% health coach, 8% for fitness trainers and instructors, now through 2024.

CAREERS
  • Athletic Coach
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Fitness & Conditioning Coach
  • Health Coach
  • Health Services Manager
  • Personal Trainer
  • Public Health Educator
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Alexandra Tozzie
Class of 2018
Louisville, Colorado
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