Degree Programs for Paradise Valley Community College
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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
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
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- physician assistant
Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.