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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 National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

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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 Heath & Wellness Coaching option under the associate degree program and the certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching are approved programs by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

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 NBHWC 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 Illinois Labor Market Data, employment of Personal Fitness Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors is expected to grow by 15% over the 2019-2029 decade, which is considered, much faster than average when compared to all other occupations.

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