Degree Programs for Paradise Valley Community College

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Exercise and Wellness (Exercise and Wellness)(BS)
College of Health Solutions
Campus: Downtown
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Course Plan
2013 - 2014

Maricopa County Community College District

Program Description

Employment of fitness and wellness professionals is expected to grow by up to 24 percent through 2020, much faster than other occupations, driven by efforts to reduce health care costs by teaching people about healthy behaviors. The need for fitness and health promotion programming and facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.

The BS in exercise and wellness (concentration in exercise and wellness) provides students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting exercise, physical activity and other healthy behaviors.

This concentration emphasizes:

  • an outstanding capstone internship that provides preprofessional experience
  • competencies required to pursue national certifications*
  • knowledge and skills for teaching, evaluating, prescribing, and promoting fitness and wellness behaviors
  • methods for helping people make behavioral changes and teaching people about health risks
  • sciences of cardiovascular and muscular fitness, nutrition, and stress management

*Certifications such as from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association or the National Academy of Sports Medicine

Career Opportunities

Students who complete a bachelor's degree in the exercise and wellness concentration will have enhanced opportunities in fitness and wellness employment settings because clients and employers prefer to work with people who are more highly prepared and qualified.

Undergraduates in this concentration often pursue careers in such fields as:

  • active adult-planned community fitness and health promotion
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • country club fitness
  • hospital-based fitness centers or spa fitness
  • personal training
  • sports medicine clinics
  • strength and conditioning coaching
  • wellness centers
  • worksite fitness and health promotion

Students may also pursue further graduate study in such fields as:

  • athletic training
  • exercise science
  • medicine
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • physician assistant

Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

To Enroll in a Transfer Agreement
If you are interested in one of the Transfer Agreements listed on this Web site, please contact your community college advisor. Your advisor will explain the Transfer Agreement terms and requirements, and sign you up for one. The Transfer Agreement will be part of your academic plan in the student information system. Plan to meet with an advisor at least once a year to check your progress and make sure you are on track.