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.
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).
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.