Southern Union State Community College

Program Information

The 18 credit hour Wellness Certificate and 29 credit hour Wellness and Personal Trainer Certificate are designed to give the student a basic foundation of course work needed to immediately work in a health club, fitness center, hospital,  or gym.  The programs are targeted towards individuals wishing to pursue a 4-year degree in exercise science, health promotions, health and physical education, athletic training, sports management, or a similar field. The Wellness Certificate (18 hrs) is also a great foundation for individuals wishing to pursue a career in health science and other similar fields. 

Fitness and wellness trainers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise (exercises for the heart and blood system), strength training, and stretching. Trainers work with people of all ages and skill levels.  Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24% from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than average for all occupations.

Wellness and Personal Trainer Brochure

Wellness Certificate (18 Hrs)

                            Must take the following 5 courses (15 Hrs).

Course Number  Credit Hours
HEC 140/PED 224 *Nutrition 3
PED 100      *Fundamentals of Fitness 3
HED 231     *First Aid 3
HED 221     *Personal Health 3
HED 222    *Community Health 3

                             Choose any course(s) below for hours 16-18.

Course Number Credit Hours
PED 200           Foundations of Physical Education    3
HPS 105           *Medical Terminology 3
HED 226           *Wellness 3
HED 232           Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
BUS 100            *Introduction to Business 3
PTA 100             Intro to Physical Therapy 2
HPS 110            *Intro to Healthcare 2
PED Electives    1 Credit Hour Each 1-3

Total Credit Hours                                                                                            18

Wellness and Personal Trainer Certificate (29 Hrs)

Must take the following 3 Courses (11 Hrs) along with the Wellness Certificate (18 Hrs).

Course Number Credit Hours
BIO 201             Anatomy and Physiology I   4
BIO 202             Anatomy and Physiology II   4
PED 223            Methods of Instruction   3

Total Credit Hours                                                                                          29

*Students may take any classes within the program at any time except for PED 223.
*BIO 201 is a prerequisite for BIO 202.
*BIO 202 is a prerequisite for PED 223.
*Students must see Advisor Jeremy Taunton to be admitted into PED 223.