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Health & Wellness Promotion

About the Program

The Health and Wellness Promotion programs prepares students for a variety of preventive health careers. The focus of the program is to empower students to help others through prevention of illness, injury, and disease by effective application of principles and practices of population health, wellness promotion, fitness enrichment, and performance enhancement. It also provides an opportunity for various health career certificate-seeking students to continue their education in a general health studies capacity and earn an Associate’s degree. The HWP program is not a limited enrollment program. Day and evening classes are available.

Successful completion of this program will prepare students for advanced credentials through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and/or the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).

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Program Accreditation

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The associate degree program is accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI).  

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The Wellness Coaching option under the associate degree program is approved by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC)

Graduates who meet other basic requirements are permitted to sit for the national board certification examination and may earn status as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). This board-level credential is offered through a partnership between the ICHWC and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Graduates of the AAS in HWP who also possess a BS/BA degree in any discipline qualify to receive the designation, “Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) through NWI.

Career Opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness workers is expected to increase 27% over the 2006-2016 decade, which is considered, much faster than average when compared to all other occupations.

The state of Illinois indicates a greater than 20% growth rate, and the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics Survey states that jobs for fitness trainers and aerobics instructors are expected to grow at a rate 50% higher than all other occupations in Lake County.

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