Courses & Programs

Health & Fitness Management Certificate

Patricia Mantia

Chair, Health Fitness Nutrition

Health Sciences

Bartley Center 100B

413.552.2449 (Tel)


what will you learn?

The Coaching Certificate is designed for the individual who is interested in working as a coach of sport and recreation. Students will use materials from and prepare for the national examination of the American Sports Education Program.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of  this program, students will be able to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of the coach.
  • Define his/her personal coaching philosophy and discuss how it influences coaching style.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching and communication skills as applied to coaching.
  • Identify and discuss cultural, social and psychological influences that influence athletes and methods to manage behavior on and off the field.
  • Explain and demonstrate assessments used to measure athletic ability and monitor athletic outcomes.
  • Demonstrate effective methods to teach technical and tactile skills.
  • Develop a physical conditioning plan using a periodization model.
  • Outline a basic plan for sports nutrition and hydration and discuss the cost:benefit ratio of Ergogenic aids.
  • Identify areas of potential risk and outline methods to minimize liability and ensure well-being of the athletes including basic emergency care procedures.

what will you do?

Work toward your associate degree, or go right into the workforce! Job and career options include:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of the coach.
  • Define his/her personal coaching philosophy and discuss how it influences coaching style.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching and communication skills as applied to coaching.
  • Identify and discuss cultural, social and psychological influences that influence athletes and methods to manage behavior on and off the field.
  • Explain and demonstrate assessments used to measure athletic ability and monitor athletic outcomes.
  • Demonstrate effective methods to teach technical and tactile skills.
  • Develop a physical conditioning plan using a periodization model.
  • Outline a basic plan for sports nutrition and hydration and discuss the cost:benefit ratio of Ergogenic aids.
  • Identify areas of potential risk and outline methods to minimize liability and ensure well-being of the athletes including basic emergency care procedures.

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29 total credits

28 credits program requirements + 1 credits electives

Depending on course selection, 50% of this certificate can be completed online.


program requirements

28 CREDITS
A general introduction to the human body stressing health vs. disease. In addition to an overview of the structure and function of various cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, many social and ethical issues will be addressed. Each organ system will be examined with an emphasis on the integration of all of the systems. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture, offering a hands-on approach and some experimentation. The lab includes dissection of (or observation of) preserved animal specimens. NOTE: This course does not satisfy the requirement of programs requiring a full year of anatomy and physiology.
Surveys the wide and complex range of operations that constitute the contemporary United States business scene. The latest business theories as well as brief historical backgrounds complete this overview of the way today's business community provides goods and services within the legal, ethical, and economic framework of the United States.
A study of the interpersonal and communication skills fundamental for success in the workplace. Students will hone their professional style as they study topics including professional behavior, interpersonal interactions, and civility as they relate to the workplace.
Provides the knowledge and skills called for in most situations in which emergency care is required and medical assistance is not excessively delayed. An introduction to CPR is included. Course will be taught by a Nationally Certified CPR/First Aid Instructor. Grading is on a Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory basis.Students can not receive credit for both HFN 104 and HFN 103.
This is a first aid and CPR course geared towards the physical educator, coach, and/or fitness instructor. The course includes assessment and emergency care for sports related injuries, illness, spine, and musculoskeletal injuries. CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver are included. This program is used for certification by American Sport Education Program. Students may not receive credit for both HFN 104 and HFN 103.
This course is designed to teach the student about positive and negative aspects of sports supplements for enhanced motor performance. Students will examine the history of sports supplementation in Olympic and other competitive events and discuss legal aspects of sports supplements. The role of the FDA and other agencies will be discussed as students examine various popular performance enhancing drugs and herbal supplements.
A comprehensive course that is designed to prepare the fitness enthusiast for the position of aerobics/step aerobics instructor and for successful completion of an international certification exam. The course includes a combination of scientifically based theoretical information and practical experience as needed to lead others safely through group exercise. Topics include exercise science, components of fitness, injury prevention and leadership skills. Practical skills such as use of music, cueing, movement transitions, choreography development and mirror image teaching are practiced for traditional and step aerobics. Additional class formats such as kickboxing, mat training, yoga, slide training and others will be discussed.
A survey course that examines the roles and responsibilities of a personal trainer/fitness counselor. This course is designed to prepare the student for the role of the fitness trainer and for successful completion of an International Personal Trainer Certification. This course includes both theoretical information and practical application of knowledge and skills used by the trainer. Topics include exercise science, components of fitness, fitness assessments, leadership skills and business aspects of personal training. Case studies and projects will be used to apply concepts to the practical environment.
A detailed study of strength/endurance training principles and practices. Topics include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, biomechanics, and measurement of strength and endurance. Students will learn to use the science of exercise in a practical format and design resistance programs to meet health related and motor performance goals. Students will examine and practice training techniques used in recreational fitness and competitive lifting. Prerequisite: HFN 183 or HFN 134 or BIO 217
An experiential course that includes classroom discussion and internship opportunities to enhance the learning experiences of the fitness professional. This course is open to all students pursuing a certificate and/or degree in fitness/physical education, e.g., personal trainers, group exercise leaders, exercise specialists, and fitness managers. Prerequisite: PER 134, PER 172, or PER 183, or with permission of instructor.
A study of the sources of law, the Massachusetts and Federal Court systems, steps in civil litigation, and the general principles of contract law.
This course is designed to prepare the student for a management role in a health and fitness facility. The course includes discussion of human resource management, equipment purchasing, facility design, sales and marketing, financial management, program design and management, safety and legal issues, and facility management. Students will review and examine health and fitness facility standards and guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Students will be required to shadow managers at two different health and fitness facilities.Prerequisite: None
An entrepreneur is an individual who creates a new business in the face of risk and uncertainty for the purpose of achieving profit and growth objectives by identifying significant opportunities and assembling the necessary resources to capitalize on them. This course will provide students with an introduction to what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, including recognizing opportunities in the marketplace and the elements of a professional business plan. Topics covered will include: the marketing strategy; legal considerations; organizational strategies; financial planning and controls; the management team; the concept of social entrepreneurship.
An introduction to the science of nutrition as it applies to everyday life. Students will learn how to apply the logic of science to their own nutritional concerns. Topics include the six major nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. The course also will examine energy balance, weight control, the digestive process, nutrition fads, supplements, fiber, and disease as it relates to nutrition and fitness. A dietary computer application is used throughout the semester to track personal dietary, energy, and fitness. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.

electives

1 CREDITS
Select any 1-credit Health, Fitness and Nutrition course with a HFN prefix.