Allied Health - Physical Fitness

Allied Health - Physical Fitness

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

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The Physical Fitness degree option offers students an opportunity to expand upon the Physical Fitness certificate program. In addition to instruction in nutrition, cardiovascular and strength conditioning, personal training,and other topics that are covered in the certificate program, the degree program goes on to explore the human body and its relationship to exercise and fitness more intensely. Topics include the mind/body connection, injury prevention,and sports psychology. Deeper exploration of exercise physiology and human anatomy are also provided. EXPECTED OUTCOMES Graduates of this program should be able to: demonstrate written and oral English competence; use modern technology to access, evaluate and apply information (state-of-the-art fitness equipment; cardio monitoring;knowledge of safe use of fitness equipment); demonstrate competence in career planning, health management, and lifelong learning; demonstrate skills beyond entry-level (health and fitness club manager, private personal trainer, specialized fitness instructor); identify good, basic exercise testing and program design; practice good nutrition and explain basic principles to clients relative to exercise physiology.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    624

    per Year

  • Books & Supplies

    Books & Supplies

    823

    per Year

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    N/A

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Curriculum

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 64 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below .

Program 42 Credits
AHS 142 Exercise Science 3
AHS 148 First Aid 2
AHS 150 Introduction to Nutrition 3
AHS 155 Stress and Your Health 3
AHS 220 Principles of Fitness Components 3
AHS 235 Fitness Program Planning 3
AHS 238 Mind/Body Theory and Methods 3
PED 135 Exercise Prescriptions 2
PED 136 Weight Training 1
PED 137 Aerobics 1
PED 144 Stretching and Flexibility 1
PED 152 Group Exercise Instruction 2
PED 161 Advanced Strength Training 1
PED 170 Personal Trainer 3
PED 180 Fitness for Life 2
PED 195 Physical Fitness Practicum 2
PED 207 Prevention/Care Exercise Injuries 2
PED 240 Advanced Practicum 2
PED 250 Psychology of Sport 3
General Education 22 Credits
BIO 150 Intro to the Human Body 4
COM 104 Intro to Interpersonal Comm 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 136 Math for the Health Sciences 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
General Education Elective (see footnote 1) 3

Additional As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 6 items
Forum 12 units
Health/Fitness (see footnote 2) 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages
• Overall 2.000
• Area of Specialization: All Program Requirements 2.000

SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 15 Credits
AHS 142 Exercise Science 3
AHS 148 First Aid 2
AHS 150 Introduction to Nutrition 3
PED 136 Weight Training 1
PED 137 Aerobics 1
PED 180 Fitness for Life 2
COM 104 Intro to Interpersonal Comm 3

Second Semester 14 Credits
AHS 155 Stress and Your Health 3
PED 135 Exercise Prescriptions 2
PED 144 Stretching and Flexibility 1
PED 152 Group Exercise Instruction 2
PED 170 Personal Trainer 3
PED 161 Advanced Strength Training 1
PED 195 Physical Fitness Practicum 2

Third Semester 18 Credits
AHS 220 Principles of Fitness Components 3
AHS 235 Fitness Program Planning 3
PED 207 Prevention/Care of Exercise Injuries 2
BIO 150 Intro to the Human Body 4
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3

Fourth Semester 17 Credits
AHS 238 Mind/Body Theory and Methods 3
PED 240 Advanced Practicum 2
PED 250 Psychology of Sport 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
MAT 136 Math for the Health Sciences 3
General Education Elective (see footnote 1) 3
1. General Education Elective chosen from History or Humanities and Fine Arts.

2. Fulfilled by successful completion of PED 135