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Fitness & Wellness Specialist


Start a career helping people make positive behavioral changes in their lives by becoming a fitness trainer, community health or recreation leader or health club professional.

Pima’s Fitness and Wellness Specialist Certificate includes an internship so you get hands-on experience at an approved work site.  Job growth over the next 10 years is projected to more than double the national average for all occupations.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Education & Biomedical Programs
Dean: 520.206.5105
Lead Faculty: 520.206.6685
Program Advisor: 520.206.6079
Information Sessions


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Community Health Workers $38,019
Community Health Educators  $71,411

Academic Options

Students planning to transfer to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Exercise and Wellness, or Athletic Trainer should follow the Associate of Arts Degree. Students planning to transfer to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science should follow the Associate of Science degree.  Meet with department faculty or an advisor to plan courses.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
FAW 182 Healthy Living and Mind-Body Training 3
FAW 183 Health Coach Professional 3
FAW 184 Health, Wellness and Physical Activity 3
FSN 154 Nutrition 3
  or FSS 241   Nutrition for Exercise and Sport
FSS 234 Fundamentals of Exercise Science 3-4
  or FSS 234A & 234B   Fundamentals of Exercise Science
  or FSS 273   Sport Physiology
Subtotal 15-16

Required Support/Elective Courses:

Select at least 7 credits from the following list.

Course # Course Title Credits
FAW* Activity Classes (Choose up to 3 FAW group fitness 
FAW 291 Fitness and Sport Sciences Internship 3
FSS 280 Weight Management Specialist 2
PSY 218 Health Psychology 3
WED 110 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3
WED 111 Self-Care for Personal Wellness 2
Subtotal 7
Total 22-23

* Only the one (1) credit fitness classes in the following list are allowed and cannot be repeated. 

Program/Major Codes: CRTFWS/FWS
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