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Associate Degree in Health Fitness Specialist

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  • Course description
    In the Salt Lake City area and throughout the United State, there is a growing demand for trained professionals in the health, fitness and wellness industries. An associate in health fitness specialist degree from Utah Career College will prepare you to take advantage of career opportunities in those fields. Contact us to discuss our school and our program.


    Associate in health fitness specialist degree program

    Our two-year AAS in Health Fitness Specialist degree program includes required courses in health sciences (including anatomy, physiology and kinesiology) and hands-on training in exercise techniques, exercise program design and other technical and occupational areas. In addition to health and exercise science courses, you will study Microsoft Office Pro, small business management, and complete general education courses. Your externship will provide an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge from those classes in the workplace and add industry experience to your resume.

    The associate degree program provides the health and fitness skills and knowledge to gain an entry-level position in the health, fitness, wellness or recreation industry. You will be qualified to assess health and fitness levels, design, implement, and promote safe effective exercise programs for various populations, screen clients for contraindications to exercise and sit for national certification exams.

    At UCC, we emphasize hands-on training, and each of our campus locations — West Jordan (15 miles south of Salt Lake City Center), Layton and Orem — has a fitness lab. Some technical and occupational requirements and all general education requirements can be completed through online courses, providing students with maximum flexibility while maintaining the quality our school is known for.
    Gain skills, knowledge and experience that employers value

    Our associate degree program is continually evaluated by industry professionals in Utah and around the US. Subjects covered in the AAS program include the following:

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          Human anatomy
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          Kinesiology
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          Biomechanics
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          General nutrition
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          Fitness analysis
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          Theory of exercise

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          Exercise prescription for special populations
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          Exercise physiology
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          Medical terminology
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          Anatomy and physiology
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          Supervisory management

    All coursework from the associate degree program transfers smoothly to the bachelor of health fitness specialist program. Many students complete the two-year degree, begin their careers, and then enhance their credentials by completing the bachelor’s degree program.

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