Health & Wellness Management

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If you're passionate about fitness and enjoy helping others feel their best—make it your career! As Americans place an ever-increasing value on exercise and wellness, the demand for personal trainers, fitness specialists, and wellness consultants continues to grow. These professionals are integral to the promotion, development, and implementation of health and wellness routines.

From group fitness instruction and personal training to fitness center management, Elgin Community College's Health and Wellness Management Program prepares you for a fulfilling career in fitness. Classes offer solid knowledge in anatomy, physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, and hands-on experience to enhance practical skills. Upon completion, you will be ready to take national certification exams for personal trainers and/or group fitness instructors.

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Health and Wellness Management

Health and wellness center managers may create fitness or wellness plans, supervise classes, and manage day-to-day operations of a center. ECC's curriculum helps you develop the skills necessary to manage health, fitness, or wellness facilities, or run your own business. Students who pursue this option earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in health and wellness management.

Group Fitness Professional

Group fitness instructors design and teach classes to deliver memorable experiences for the participants, while helping them achieve their individual fitness goals. You'll have the knowledge you need to become certified as a group fitness instructor. Students who pursue this option earn a Basic Vocational Specialist certificate in group fitness professional.

Personal Trainer

Trainers instruct individuals in exercises, relying on their knowledge of physiology to determine the type and difficulty of exercise, specific movements, and correct form. This includes a 10-week practical skill application at a local fitness/wellness facility. Students who pursue this option earn a Basic Vocational Specialist certificate in personal training. 

Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Associate of Applied Science

Basic Certificate

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