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Fitness Professional - Program Details

Mt. Hood Community College created the fitness professional certificate to give you the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to become a fitness professional.

Hands-on Learning

Through our hands-on courses, you will learn nutrition, proper exercise techniques and training instruction, health and fitness assessments, how to design fitness programs, and more. When you complete this program you are prepared to take a national fitness trainer certification exam. You will also earn a first aid and CPR certification.

Program Outcomes

After completing this program you'll be able to:

  • Identify, analyze, and apply behavior modification strategies to promote health and fitness to clients.
  • Apply advanced exercise principles to create responsive, adaptive, and personalized exercise programs for a diverse population.
  • Describe national standards of professional practice, including ethical business practices, confidentiality, adherence to legal requirements, and professionalism as they relate to the fitness professional.
  • Administer and analyze various fitness assessments, including cardiovascular endurance, power, speed, body composition, anthropomorphic measurements, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility.
  • Identify and implement widely accepted procedures and protocols for emergency cardiac care, airway obstruction, automated external defibrillators and basic first aid.

Courses and Curriculum

You will take classes in exercise science, sports psychology, group facilitation, and more. For the most part, you can take courses that fulfill general education requirements in any term. You should work with the faculty advisor to create a custom academic plan based on course placement levels, career goals, and full-time/part-time status.

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Your Future as a Fitness Pro

Career opportunities for fitness professionals are expected to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

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