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Fitness and Health Coach (AA) Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance Total Units: 21
Term Effective: Fall 2024


The Fitness and Health Coach Major at Santa Rosa Junior College is designed to provide an in-depth study and practical application of principles of health, weight management, behavior modification, fitness testing, physical fitness training, exercise leadership and program design. This certificate/major is for students seeking entry-level 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, and fitness instructor. This program prepares students to sit for the nationally recognized certification exams by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and health coach.

This major 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 major also has a strong emphasis on practical “hands-on” experience and teaching techniques.

This program of study is also available as a certificate 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. Review 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 and Health Coach (AA) program are:

  • Complete 21 units from
    • Fitness and Health Coach
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Fitness and Health Coach - complete 20.00 units
FDNT 60Nutrition and Physical Fitness1.00
KINES 53Principles of Health and Wellness3.00
KINES 80Introduction to Applied Kinesiology and Anatomy3.00
KINES 81Intro to Exercise Physiology, Assessment, and Program Design3.00
KINES 83Techniques of Fitness Instruction3.00
KINES 84Health and Wellness Coaching3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
KINES 50.1Fitness Teaching Practicum1.00
WEE 99IInternship Work Experience Education1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
DIET 191Counseling and Group Facilitation Skills in Healthcare3.00
FDNT 10Elementary Nutrition3.00
KINES 59Psychological Aspects of Sports Performance3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2024

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.

Previous Versions:

Fitness, Nutrition, and Health - effective Fall 2023
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 2016
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

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

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.


WEE 99i MUST be taken for one unit of Internship Work Experience Education 52.50 hours. One unit is the minimum requirement for this program.

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