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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in the Personal Training Certificate Program—What classes should I take first?

  • BIO 111: Human Form and Function
  • PED 270: Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • PED 243: Theory and Practice of Fitness
  • HWP 257: Health and Wellness Practicum I
  • PED 228: First Aid and CPR

I'm interested in the Wellness Coaching Certificate Program—What classes should I take first?

  • CMM 128: Interviewing Practices
  • HWP 240: Contemporary Health Issues
  • PED 242: Philosophy of Coaching
  • HWP 257: Health and Wellness Practicum I
  • HWP 290: Principles of Wellness Coaching

I'm interested in the Massage Therapy Certificate Program—What classes should I take first?

This is a cohort program—For more specific information, please visit the Massage Therapy Web site.

I'm interested in the HWP Degree Program—What classes should I take first?

First, select one of the specialty options of your choice. Next, follow the suggested courses listed for your specialty listed under answer's #1, #2, or #3 above.

I'm interested in health and wellness, but not quite sure what area to concentrate in—Can you recommend a course or two to get me started?

  • HWP 240: Contemporary Health Issues
  • PED 243: Theory and Practice of Fitness
  • PED 242: Philosophy of Coaching

I already have a college degree (or some coursework)—Can this be applied towards these programs?

Yes! In fact, many students already have degrees or at least some college coursework already completed. In order to know what you will receive credit for from your prior work, follow these steps:

  • Apply to CLC.
  • Have OFFICIAL (unopened) transcripts delivered to our registration department
  • Request a program audit from our registration department—Be sure to specify which program of study you'd like the audit to apply to. You will receive a formal response in writing from CLC.
  • If you have further questions at this point, request a meeting with the HWP Department Chair.

Can I start with one of the certificate programs and then do/declare the degree later?

Yes! Our programs were designed on the basis of a "ladder" approach. This means that all of the coursework you complete for one of our certificates will count towards the degree.

What kind of jobs are out there for wellness coaching?

Since the field of wellness coaching is an emerging one, please know that the professional opportunities are typically created, as opposed to existing. Many existing wellness and life coaches are practicing through self-employment. Others are working for corporate wellness companies that provide wellness coaches to their employees. The College of Lake County is working with area organizations to create viable professional opportunities as appropriate.

Are there any new courses that are not listed that I should consider?

  • HWP 299-600: Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    This course is specific to the needs of personal trainers, wellness coaches, and massage therapists, and can be used in place of FSM 175 or HUS 121.
  • HWP 299-601: Entrepreneurship for Fitness/Wellness Professionals
    This course is specific to the needs of personal trainers, wellness coaches, and massage therapists, and can be used as an elective towards the AAS in HWP degree program.

How should I get the process started?

Getting started is easy—Consider the following steps:

  • Meet with a CLC advisor or HWP department representative as needed
  • Apply to the college
  • Register for classes
  • Meet with the financial aid office as needed

What if I still have remaining questions?

Schedule time to meet with an advisor or representative of the HWP department.

Will successful completion of these programs allow me to seek out employment?

Each professional area has its own standards for working and employment. Our Massage Therapy Certificate Program provides everything you need. The Personal Training Certificate program does as well. While no absolute standards exist for wellness coaching, the Wellness Coaching Certificate should be paired with one or more additional credentials. These can include an existing degree (even in an unrelated area), a certificate in massage therapy or a certificate in personal training.

Where do I find information on the programs and classes?

Courses for each program can be listed under more than one department. Some of the primary course prefixes to search for include PED, HWP, and MAS.

Can I seek out employment before finishing my program?

In some instances, the answer is yes. Many employers will consider hiring you as long as your academic work is in-progress and you have a specific, anticipated date of completion.

How does the Practicum work?

Each program is designed to get you out into the field right away, so you can effectivly begin to apply what you are learning in and out of the classroom. HWP 257 (Health and Wellness Practicum I requires 75 hours of field observation. HWP 258 (Health and Wellness Practicum II) also requires 75 hours of field work, but at this point you should be ready to do some hands-on work under supervision. In both classes, you register and then the faculty member will contact you the first week of classes to schedule an orientation session. At this session, the practicum will be explained to you in detail and you will be informed with everything you need to get started.