Fitness, Nutrition, and Health Certificate Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance Total Units: 24.5

Term Effective: Fall 2023

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2024

Previous Versions:

Fitness, Nutrition, and Health - effective Fall 2021
Fitness, Nutrition and Health - effective Fall 2019
Fitness, Nutrition and Health - effective Fall 2018
Fitness, Nutrition and Health - effective Fall 2017
Fitness, Nutrition and Health - effective Fall 2015
Fitness, Nutrition and Health - effective Spring 2014
Fitness, Nutrition and Health - effective Fall 2012
Fitness, Nutrition and Health - effective Spring 2012


The Fitness, Nutrition, and Health Certificate of Achievement at Santa Rosa Junior College is designed to provide an in-depth study and practical application of principles of nutrition, weight management, behavior modification, fitness testing, physical fitness training, exercise leadership and program design. This certificate/major is for students seeking careers and/or additional training in the fitness and health industry. Possible career opportunities may include personal trainer, group exercise instructor, health or wellness coach, weight management consultant, aerobic dance instructor, and fitness instructor. This program also prepares students to sit for nationally recognized certification exams such as American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

This certificate is unique in its design because in addition to learning principles of exercise science, it also encompasses comprehensive topics in the area of health, nutrition, and behavior change vital for fitness trainers to address broader client goals and to meet the need of a growing trend toward wellness type coaching. This certificate also has a strong emphasis on practical “hands-on” experience and teaching techniques.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Design safe and effective training programs based on client needs, goals, fitness level and health history;
  2. Demonstrate proper individual and group exercise leadership skills for general and special populations;
  3. Evaluate client food intake and educate clients on healthful eating habits for weight management and physical performance;
  4. Integrate behavior modification techniques and concepts of health and wellness to formulate comprehensive training plans; and
  5. Analyze emerging information in the field of nutrition, health, and fitness and differentiate between credible and non-credible sources and information.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Fitness, Nutrition, and Health program are:

  • Complete 24.5 units from
    • Fitness, Nutrition and Health

Fitness, Nutrition and Health - complete 24.50 units
FDNT 10Elementary Nutrition3.00
FDNT 60Nutrition and Physical Fitness1.00
KINES 53Principles of Health and Wellness3.00
KINES 80Introduction to Applied Kinesiology and Anatomy3.00
KINES 81Introduction to Exercise Physiology3.00
KINES 82Exercise Assessment and Prescription3.00
KINES 83Techniques of Fitness Instruction3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
KINES 50.1Fitness Teaching Practicum1.00
WEOC 99IInternship Occupational Work Experience1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BMK 50Marketing3.00
BMK 51High Tech Selling and Pursuing a Sales Career3.00
DIET 191Counseling and Group Facilitation Skills in Healthcare3.00
KINES 4Introduction to Sports Medicine3.00
KINES 59Psychological Aspects of Sport Performance3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
KFIT 1.1Beginning Aerobic Dance1.50
KFIT 1.2Intermediate Aerobic Dance1.50
KFIT 2.1Beginning Step Aerobics1.50
KFIT 2.2Intermediate Step Aerobics1.50
KFIT 3.1Beginning Body Conditioning1.50
KFIT 3.2Intermediate Body Conditioning1.50
KFIT 3.3Advanced Body Conditioning1.50
KFIT 5Introduction to Pilates Mat1.50
KFIT 5.1Beginning Pilates Mat1.50
KFIT 5.2Intermediate Pilates Mat1.50
KFIT 6Introduction to Yoga1.50
KFIT 6.1Beginning Yoga1.50
KFIT 6.2Intermediate Yoga1.50
KFIT 7.1Beginning Circuit Training1.50
KFIT 7.2Circuit Training Intermediate1.50
KFIT 8Introduction to Weight Lifting1.50
KFIT 8.1Beginning Weight Lifting1.50
KFIT 10.1Resistance Training1.50
KFIT 11.1Periodized Weight Training1.50
KFIT 12.1Power Lifting1.50
KFIT 16.1Plyometrics, Speed and Agility1.50
KFIT 17.1Interval Training1.50
KFIT 20.1ZUMBA1.50
KFIT 21.1Cardio Kickboxing1.50
KFIT 25.1Vinyasa Flow Yoga1.50
KFIT 26.1Gentle Yoga1.50
KFIT 30.1Stability Ball Training1.50
KFIT 31.1Pilates Yoga Fusion1.50
KFIT 32Introduction to Barre Fitness1.50
KFIT 32.1Beginning Barre Fitness1.50
KFIT 36.1Jogging for Fitness1.50
KFIT 37Introduction to Boot Camp Training1.50
KFIT 37.1Boot Camp1.50
KFIT 61Personal Fitness Training0.50-1.50
KFIT 62Personal Fitness Technique0.50-1.50
KFIT 63Personal Fitness Health and Wellness0.50-1.50
KFIT 64Personal Fitness Program Design0.50-1.50

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Student must complete at least one unit from the KFIT courses listed.

WEOC 99I MUST be taken for one unit of Occupational Work Experience Internship: 75 hours (paid) or 60 hours (unpaid). One unit is the minimum requirement for this program.

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