Passionate about fitness and the health and well-being of others? Come to Montco where you’ll receive valuable hands-on instruction as well as a traditional classroom education at our new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center on Central Campus. Classes are also held online and at West Campus in Pottstown. You’ll also earn and maintain the American Heart Association certification in First Aid and Adult Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. It’s all part of our Health and Fitness Professional associate degree.

During your final semester you will complete an internship to gain practical knowledge and potential employment. You will also take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer Examination to receive certification. After graduating, you can expect to find entry-level work in the fitness/health industry and in allied fields such as personal trainer, corporate wellness, YMCA, commercial recreation and fitness centers, recreational therapy and retirement homes and communities. You can also continue your education at a four-year institution.

Program outcomes
  • Assess physical fitness, including cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and anthropometric measures in order to set goals and establish a baseline for program development.
  • Educate clients using scientifically sound health and fitness information and resources to enhance client’s knowledge base, program enjoyment, adherence and overall awareness of health and fitness related information.
  • Apply behavior change theories to individuals across populations and across the lifespan.
  • Design fitness plans based on client interview, risk stratification, and physical fitness assessments.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communicating health and wellness concepts.

Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102, ENG 115 or ENG 117 English Composition II, Writing for Technical Communication or Writing for Business and Industry 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3
MAT 106A or MAT 130 Mathematics Applications or Probability and Statistics 3 - 4
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 129 Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology (Grade of "C" or better) 4
ESW 102 Introduction to Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sport Studies 3
ESW 146 Conditioning, Weight Training, and Weight Management 2
ESW 151 Fundamentals of Functional Training 2
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3
ESW 215 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury 3
ESW 222 Applied Kinesiology 3
ESW 224 Exercise Physiology 4
ESW 226 Assessment of Human Fitness 3
ESW 227 Exercise Programming for Healthy and Special Populations 3
ESW 236 Personal Health and Wellness 3
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3
ESW 296 Practicum in Exercise Science and Wellness 4

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Elective 2 - 3

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ESW 236 Personal Health and Wellness 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ESW 102 Introduction to Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sport Studies 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 129 Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology (grade of “C” or better) (Spring only) 4
MAT 106A or MAT 130 Math Applications or Probability and Statistics 3-4
ENG 102, ENG 115 or ENG 117 English Composition II, Writing for Technical Communication or Writing for Business and Industry 3
ESW 146 Conditioning, Weight Training, and Weight Management 2
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
ESW 222 Applied Kinesiology (Fall only) 3
ESW 224 Exercise Physiology (Fall only) 4
ESW 226 Assessment of Human Fitness (Fall only) 3
ESW 151 Fundamentals of Functional Training 2
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective 2-3
ESW 215 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury (Spring only) 3
ESW 227 Exercise Programming for Healthy and Special Populations (Spring only) 3
ESW 296 Practicum in Exercise Science and Wellness (Spring only) 4
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ESW 102 Introduction to Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sport Studies 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102, ENG 115, ENG 117, or PBH 102 English Composition II, Writing for Technical Communication, Writing for Business & Industry or Communication in Public Health 3
ESW 236 Personal Health and Wellness 3
MAT 106A or MAT 130 Mathematics Applications or Probability and Statistics 3-4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
ESW 146 Conditioning, Weight Training and Weight Management 2
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 129 Functional Human Anatomy & Physiology (grade of "C" or better required) - offered spring only 4
ESW 151 Fundamentals of Functional Training 2
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
ESW 222 Applied Kinesiology (offered fall only) 3
ESW 224 Exercise Physiology with Lab (offered fall only) 4
ESW 226 Assessment of Human Fitness 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
ESW 215  Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury (offered spring only) 3
ESW 227 Exercise Programming for Healthy and Special Populations (offered spring only) 3
ESW 296 Practicum in Exercise Science and Wellness (offered spring only) 4
Elective Elective 2-3