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Healthy Older Adult Fitness, Career Pathway certificate

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  • Do you want to promote the health and wellness of older adults?
  • Are you experienced in a field working with older adults or as a fitness professional, and want to enhance your skills and abilities?
  • Do you want to be part of the movement preventing injury and illness in the aging population?

As an older adult fitness leader, you will be part of the preventive health care team working in health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, public and private recreation facilities, hospitals, and/or corporate fitness centers. The EXS Healthy Older Adult Fitness Certificate may be obtained as a stand-alone certificate or in addition to the AAS degree.

In this Career Pathways certificate, you will be prepared to meet qualifications for employment as an entry-level activity or fitness leader working with healthy older adult populations and apply knowledge and skills gained in the Exercise Science and Gerontology programs when working with and for elders in the community. The Exercise Science program partners with the Gerontology program. In addition to this certificate, co-certificates and/or co-degrees between Exercise Science and Gerontology can be earned. Minimum of 30 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. All courses are contained in the Exercise Science AAS Degree.

Individualized coaching

As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.

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Award information

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Healthy Older Adult FitnessLess than 1 yearLimited entry, see how
to get into this program

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Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

FT 100Emergency Response for Fitness Professionals1
FT 110Injury Prevention & Management2
FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
FT 180Exercise Science Internship Preparation1
FT 202Fitness and Aging3
FT 280Exercise Science Internship I4
or FT 280C Exercise Science Professional Project II
HE 295
PE 295
Health and Fitness for Life
and Health and Fitness for Life Lab
PE 287Professional Activities: Aquatics2
HUS 102Mental Health First Aid: Adult1
or HUS 106 Mental Health First Aid: Youth
or HUS 107 Mental Health First Aid: Older Adult
PE 181AWeight Training I1
or PE 181B Weight Training II
or PE 181C Weight Training III
PE 281Professional Activities: Resistance Training2
PE 282BProfessional Activities: Older Adult Fitness2
SOC 223Sociology of the Life Course4
or SOC 231 Sociology of Healthy Aging
Total Credits30


The average full-time wage is $30,000 to $50,000 per year, with typical entry-level rates at $15 to $25 per hour.

Finish your degree

The Healthy Older Adult Fitness Career Pathway Certificate leads to additional certificates and degrees. Continue your education to give yourself more job opportunities and career advancement.

Is it for me?

  • Who: High school graduates (and high school equivalency). Completion of IRW 115 or (WR 115 and RD 115) and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. If you do not meet all the placement recommendations, contact us for other options.
  • Where: PCC Sylvania Campus
  • When: Three terms

Program cost

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