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Health/Fitness Technician

Two-Year Fitness Degree

The Health/Fitness Technician (HFT) degree at SFCC is a two-year program that prepares students to get started or take their health/fitness career to the next level. Students will get hands-on experience with proper technique, nutrition, personal training, building exercise programs, stress management, anatomy and physiology, first aid/CPR and more. This is the only two-year program in the region offering this kind of instruction.

Is the HFT Program for Me?

Most of our students are passionate about fitness, health and helping others succeed. Whether you're looking for a new career or interested in increasing your expertise in the fitness industry, the HFT program will give you the tools you need to succeed, and it costs much less than other exercise science/kinesiology programs in the area.

What Kind of Careers Do Graduates Enter?

  • Personal trainer
  • Strength coach
  • Fitness coach
  • Wellness director
  • Corporate fitness
  • Senior fitness specialist
  • Group exercise instructor

Why HFT at SFCC?

This program prepares students to take any of the nationally accredited certified personal training exams. The hands-on experience you get from our highly qualified and experienced instructors is something that cannot be offered through any of the online programs.

Want more Information?

Contact Travis Warner at 509-533-4105, Travis.warner@sfcc.spokane.edu

What You’ll Learn

  • Perform a variety of tasks related to health and fitness including, but not limited to, matching the appropriate exercise for each of the major muscle groups, demonstrate proper exercise technique, carry out basic health and fitness assessments, and develop exercise programs for a variety of clientele
  • Exhibit professional behaviors which include empathy, respect, communication skills, and ethics

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the requirements for the Health/Fitness Technician AAS degree. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
FMT 204
Health Appraisal and Exercise Prescription
5
FMT 209
Exercise and the Cardiovascular System
3
PE 138
Fundamentals of Resistance Training
2
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BIOL& 160
General Biology with Lab
5
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
FMT 119
Principles of Strength Training
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BIOL& 241
Human A & P 1
5
FMT 111
Physiology of Exercise
5
FMT 112
Special Considerations in Exercise
3
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
Total Credits
 
16

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
FMT 235
Biomechanics
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MMGT 125
Social Media Marketing
5
Choose 1 course from:
PE 177
Beginning Body Conditioning
1
PE 186
Fast Fitness, Beginning
1
PE 239
Advanced Weight Training
1
PE 277
Advanced Body Conditioning
1
PE 286
Fast Fitness, Advanced
1
Total Credits
 
16

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
FMT 106
Anatomical and Physiological Kinesiology
5
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
HLTH 270
Nutrition for Fitness
3
Choose 1 course from:
BUS& 101
Introduction to Business
5
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Total Credits
 
16

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
FMT 115
Leadership Dynamics
3
FMT 225
Personal Training
5
PE 266
Cooperative Education Seminar
1
PE 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
3
Total Credits
 
12

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,245
  • Non-Resident

    $
    11,459
  • International

    $
    21,146
  • Books

    $
    1,609
  • Course Fees

    $
    69
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,511

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Mapuana Carey
    Mapuana Carey
    Program Specialist 2
    Mapuana.Carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3288

I completed the HFT Program at Spokane Falls Community College, then immediately took the NSCA CPT test and passed on my first attempt. With the wide variety of exercise implementation, training styles and usage of exercise equipment, I immediately felt confident to train range of different people with my own style and exercise protocols. With that confidence, I have been able to build a clientele that supports the lifestyle of my Wife and me. She is also a personal trainer who graduated the HFT Program. I can confidently say that I am building a career in the fitness industry that can support my family and me and the foundation for that was laid in the HFT Program. – Donnie Kissick, SFCC Graduate, HFT

The HFT program was so much more than I could have ever hoped for. I started with the idea that I wanted to know everything about the body and the keys to make a perfect program for anyone. I graduated with the confidence to do that, but I also found out how much more there is to helping people, and an idea of how many different ways that can look. – Cody Denham, SFCC Graduate, HFT

I enrolled in the HFT program to increase my own knowledge on fitness and nutrition. I had no initial intent of becoming a certified personal trainer. However, before I graduated from the program I decided to take (and aced!) the NSCA-CPT. The biggest benefits have been the ability to write my own effective fitness program and to quickly evaluate the quality of other fitness/nutrition programs. As a Navy Reservist, I have also been able to use my education to improve my own physical fitness test scores as well as provide effective mentorship to my junior Sailors, allowing them to increase their own fitness scores and overall health. – Michelle Taylor, SFCC Graduate, HFT

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Travis Warner

Faculty
travis.warner@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-4105
 

Māpuana Carey

Pathways Specialist
mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3288
Building 19, Office 106