Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science
Department of Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- 62 units of major requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The purpose of the B.S. degree in Health Sciences Fitness Wellness degree program is to provide focused educational and practical experiences to those interested in a career in the emerging fitness/health/wellness industry. The Fitness Wellness program is a combination of general education and core course work to prepare competent entry-level exercise professionals with the knowledge and skills to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors that lead to increased fitness, wellness, and optimal health. Students will be able to design and facilitate fitness programs in a variety of recreational, nonprofit, corporate, and health club settings as well as on- and off-campus field experiences that prepares students for a variety of work environments. This degree was developed to align with and meet standard and guidelines established by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
Outcomes align with Standards from the American College of Sports Medicine
Domain I: Health and Fitness Assessment
- Implement assessment protocols and pre-participation health screening procedures to maximize participant safety and minimize risk.
- Determine participant’s readiness to take part in a health-related physical fitness assessment and exercise program.
- Select and prepare physical fitness assessments for healthy participants and those with controlled disease.
- Conduct and interpret cardiorespiratory fitness assessments.
- Conduct assessments of muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
- Conduct anthropometric and body composition assessments.
- Review pre-participation health screening including self-guided health questionnaires and appraisals, exercise history and fitness assessments
- Determine safe and effective exercise programs to achieve desired outcomes and goals.
- Implement cardiorespiratory exercise prescriptions using the FITT principle (frequency, intensity, time, and type) for apparently healthy participants based on current health status, fitness goals and availability of time.
- Implement exercise prescriptions using the FITT principle (frequency, intensity, time, and type) for flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance for apparently healthy participants based on current health status, fitness goals and availability of time.
- Establish exercise progression guidelines for resistance, aerobic and flexibility activity to achieve the goals of apparently healthy participants.
- Implement a weight management program as indicated by personal goals that are supported by pre-participation health screening, health history, and body composition/anthropometrics.
- Prescribe and implement exercise programs for participants with controlled cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and other clinical populations.
- Prescribe and implement exercise programs for healthy special populations (i.e., older adults, youth, pregnant women).
- Modify exercise prescriptions based on environmental conditions.
- Optimize adoption and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective communication techniques.
- Optimize adoption of and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective behavioral and motivational strategies.
- Provide educational resources to support clients in the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors.
- Provide support within the scope of practice of a Health Fitness Specialist and refer to other health professionals as indicated.
- Create and disseminate risk management guidelines for a health/fitness facility, department or organization to reduce member, employee and business risk.
- Create an effective injury prevention program and ensure that emergency policies and procedures are in place.
- Manage human resources in accordance with leadership, organization, and management techniques.
- Manage fiscal resources in accordance with leadership, organization, and management techniques.
- Establish policies and procedures for the management of health fitness facilities based on accepted safety and legal guidelines, standards and regulations.
- Develop and execute a marketing plan to promote programs, services and facilities.
- Use effective communication techniques to develop professional relationships with other allied health professionals (e.g., nutritionists, physical therapists, physicians, nurses).
Take the following 62 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
Health sciences core (17 units)
- BIO 201, BIO 201L, BIO 202, BIO 202L (8 units)
- HS 200 (3 units)
- HS 390W (3 units)
- Nutrition (any nutrition course) (3 units)
Three 1 unit PES credits which must include the following:
- Group Fitness (Mind/Body)
- Weight Training
- Group Fitness (e.g., aerobic dance)
*HS 408C satisfies NAU's senior capstone requirement. Students must sign-up, pay-for, and take a nationally accredited certification; ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C). (Please Note: a department approved CPR/First Aid course is required prior to taking this course. The student must locate, take and obtain verification of current certification to be cleared for internship/fieldwork.)
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.