Health Fitness Management
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Fitness Management combines health studies with biology and science foundations and business concepts. The program includes a field experience and internship sequence, which provides the opportunity for guided clinical practice working with client populations in real world settings. The coursework and field experiences are designed so that graduates of the Health Fitness Management program will have fulfilled educational requirements for certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Students graduating as health and fitness managers may pursue careers in corporate wellness, public and private fitness and wellness, or special population fitness and wellness. Students will also be prepared for a variety of health-related graduate studies, ranging from Physical Therapy to Exercise Science.
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Health Fitness Management major at Alfred University is to provide the student with knowledge, standards, behavior models, code of ethics, and skills needed as a fitness and wellness professional. Combining health and sciences studies with a basic business background, students will be prepared for careers in a variety of health or fitness settings.
Goals of the Program include:
- Provide a quality, up-to-date educational curriculum.
- Provide leadership and service to the university community through continuing education.
- Promote self-directed learning and critical thinking as desirable professional behavior.
- Exploration of a variety of health, fitness, and wellness settings to allow students the opportunity to determine specific career goals.
Students must complete the coursework requirements for the B.S. in Health Fitness Management, all College of Professional Studies General Education requirements, and the Alfred University requirements for Physical Education and Global Perspective Requirements, plus enough electives to reach at least 120 credit hours.
|Business Foundations Courses||15 credits|
|ACCT 211||Financial Accounting||3|
|MKTG 221||Marketing Principles||3|
|LAW 241||Legal Environments in Business||3|
|MGMT 328||Management and Organizational Behavior||3|
|ECON 420||Healthcare Economics and Reimbursement||3|
|Athletic Training Foundations Courses||28 credits|
|ATHT 105||Perspectives in Athletic Training||1|
|ATHT 110||Medical Sciences||2|
|ATHT 111||Emergency Medicine in Athletic Training||3|
|ATHT 190||Principles of Strength and Conditioning||2|
|ATHT 205||Structural Kinesiology||3|
|ATHT 215||Personal Health and Wellness||2|
|ATHT 222||Nutrition for Human Performance||2|
|ATHT 242||Sports, Society, and Ethics||3|
|ATHT 393||Physiology of Exercise||3|
|ATHT 432||Organization & Administration of Athletics||2|
|ATHT 459||Research Methods I||2|
|ATHT 469||Research Methods II||1|
|Health and Fitness Management Courses||17 credits|
|HFMT 305||Field Experience||1|
|HFMT 405||Program Design & Implementation Lab||3|
|HFMT 420||Health Assessment of Special Populations||3|
|HFMT 410||Exercise Prescription and Lab||3|
|HFMT 485||Health Fitness Management Internship||3|
|HFMT 490||Senior Seminar in Health Fitness Mgmt||2|
|HFMT 495||Health Promotion Program Design||2|
|General Education Courses||23 credits|
|BUSI 113||Business Statistics (Quantitative Skills)||3|
|COMM 101||Intro to Communications (Social Sciences)||4|
|ENGL 101||Writing I (Communication Skills)||4|
|ENGL 102||Writing II (Communication Skills)||4|
|BIOL 150||Biological Foundations (Natural Sciences)||4|
|Required Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses||22-24 credits|
|BIOL 119||Physiology of Aging||4|
|BIOL 207||Intro to Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIOL 208||Intro to Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|GERO 118||Introduction to Adult Aging and Development||4|
|PSYC 101||Intro to Psychology||4|
|PSYC 322||Health Psychology||2-4|
|Liberal and Science Additional Electives||4-6|
|Additional Open Electives||10 minimum|
Health and fitness management students learn about practice settings and strong skills in working with clients in applied settings through a sequence of clinical experiences. Evaluation of student competencies in applied settings assures that students have integrated key skills and are ready for clinical practice. Students will be evaluated at clinical experience sites during HFMT 305: Field Experience and HFMT 485: Health Fitness Management Internship by their site supervisors. This evaluation will consist of quantitative and qualitative measures identifying a student’s abilities, knowledge, and professional skills in each clinical setting. The scores of these evaluations will contribute to the grades for their respective classes, and will become part of their professional portfolio.
Additional Program Costs:
There are costs associated with being enrolled in the HFMT Program that are in addition to typical university costs such as tuition, room, board, and books. Typical fees associated with HFM may include but are not limited to: lab fees, personal liability insurance, immunization maintenance, apparel to adhere to dress code(s), student membership fees for the professional organizations (NSCA, ACSM, NASM, etc.), and travel to and from off-campus clinical assignments and internships.
Current Plan of Study
Program Director: Josh Long