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Fitness Nutrition and Health Certificate Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance Total Units: 26
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Term 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 certificate, 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.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 26 units from
    • Fitness, Nutrition and Health

Fitness, Nutrition and Health - complete 26.00 units
FDNT 10 Elementary Nutrition3.00
FDNT 60 Nutrition and Physical Fitness1.00
HLE 6 Standard First Aid and CPR1.00
KINES 4 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3.00
KINES 50 Teaching Aide1.00
KINES 80 Intro to Kinesiology and Anatomy3.00
KINES 81 Intro to Exercise Physiology3.00
KINES 82 Exercise Assessment and Prescription3.00
KINES 83 Techniques of Fitness Instruction3.00
PHYED 53 Principles of Health and Wellness3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
PHYED 27.1 Beginning Aerobic Dance1.00-2.00
PHYED 27.2 Intermediate Aerobic Dance1.00-2.00
PHYED 28.1 Beginning Step Aerobics1.00-2.00
PHYED 28.2 Intermediate Step Aerobics1.00-2.00
PHYED 31.1 Beginning Body Conditioning1.00-2.00
PHYED 31.2 Intermediate Body Conditioning1.00-2.00
PHYED 33 Pilates Mat1.00-2.00
PHYED 35 Yoga1.00-2.00
PHYED 37 Circuit Training1.00-2.00
PHYED 38 Weight Lifting with Free Weights1.00-2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
WEOC 99 Occupational Work Experience0.50-8.00
WEOC 99I Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00

Term Effective: Spring 2012

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 2012

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.


KINES 50 should be taken for 1 unit only

WEOC 99 or 99I above is 1 unit of Work experience/Internship = 75 hours (paid) or 60 hours (unpaid).

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Fitness Nutrition and Health Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 9 months.

This program will cost $2,948.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A of debt.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: CA

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