Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)

Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)

The health and fitness technician works in many areas of health promotion, and must be able to motivate clients, adapt exercises to client needs, and monitor the safety and progress of clients. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, foundations of exercise, health and wellness principles, emergency procedures, and basic computer skills are essential. The Health and Fitness Technology program includes includes coursework in business as well as health and wellness studies. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Cincinnati State also offers several certificates in specialized areas of health and fitness.

Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (AFIC)

The Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor certificate prepares students to design and lead comprehensive aquatic classes for clients at various fitness levels. Program graduates are prepared to take the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) national certification examination to become a Certified Aquatic Fitness Professional. Graduates may be employed by health clubs, corporate fitness centers, recreation programs, hospitals, or senior centers. Job activities may include designing safe aquatic classes, scheduling classes, and assisting clients with goal setting and motivation.

Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate (APFTC)

The Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate is designed for experienced personal trainers who want to expand their services by providing personal training for clients in an aquatic environment. Students learn about the effects of water properties on exercise programming, formats for aquatic exercise, and how to monitor exercise intensity in aquatic environments. Graduates may be employed by health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers. Job activities may include fitness testing and risk factor identification, conducting individual and group exercise programs, counseling clients on behavior modifications, and designing individualized fitness programs.

Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (GFIC)

The Group Fitness Instructor certificate prepares students for job activities such as designing safe classes for traditional and/or step aerobic exercises, scheduling classes, setting goals, and motivating participants. Graduates are prepared to take a national certification examination to become a Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Graduates may work in health clubs, corporate fitness centers, aerobic studios, or recreation programs.

Health and Fitness Special Populations Certificate (HFSPC)

The Health and Fitness Special Populations Certificate prepares students to work in the field of health and fitness with a wide range of individuals including clients with chronic diseases, youth, older adults, and clients concerned with women’s health.

Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)

The Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate prepares students to develop safe fitness programs focused on health maintenance for healthy individuals. Graduates may be employed by health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers. Job activities may include fitness testing, identifying risk factors, conducting individual and group exercise programs, counseling clients in behavior modification, and designing individualized fitness programs. Graduates are prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer exam.

Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate (PMIC)

The Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate prepares students to develop safe and effective Pilates Mat exercise classes for a variety of fitness levels. Individuals who complete this certificate will be prepared to teach Pilates Mat to people of all body types, ages, and physical conditions. Graduates may be employed by health clubs, wellness centers, and university recreation centers. Graduates are prepared to take the national certification examination to become a Certified Pilates Mat Instructor.

Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)

The Resistance Training Certificate prepares students to develop safe, effective, and efficient resistance training programs. Students evaluate biomedical, physiological, and genetic factors affecting strength and muscle tissue gain and learn proper form, technique, and spotting for resistance exercises using body weight, free weights, resistance machines, and other resistance-training disciplines. Graduates may be employed as corporate, community, or hospital-based fitness and personal resistance program trainers.

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (YIC)

The Yoga Teacher Training Certificate prepares students to design yoga sequences for healthy adults, along with an introduction to designing yoga routines for children, pregnant women, and older adults. The certificate also covers other key aspects of yoga practice. Graduates of the certificate program qualify for registration with the National Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200-hour level.

For more information, please contact the Health and Public Safety Division at (513) 569-1670.

Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
HFT 130Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs ( T) 223
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 324
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)  303
Semester 2  
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences 223
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
DT 120Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle ( T) 303
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 1 (B)  021
Semester 3  
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional ( B) 101
COMM 110Public Speaking ( B) 303
BUS 190Professional Practices ( T) 101
XXX XXX Business Elective (B)  303
Semester 4  
HFT 250Exercise Physiology ( T) 324
HFT 172Health and Fitness Training: Older Adults ( T) 303
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 1 (T)  303
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 2 (T)  303
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 2 (B)  021
Semester 5  
HFT 260Health and Fitness Program Design ( T) 324
HFT 294Internship: Health and Fitness Technology ( T) 1402
HFT 164Health and Fitness Across the Life Span I ( T) 303
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 3 (T)  303
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective 4 (T)  303
Total Credits:  565665

Electives

Art/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Electives
Any ART, CULT, LIT, MUS, PHI, THE3
or, any ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Business Elective
Any ACC, MGT, MKT 3
Physical Education Electives (2 credits required)
Any PE2
Health and Fitness Electives (12 credits required)
HFT 100Lifeguarding2
HFT 102Journal Writing2
HFT 104Herbology4
HFT 108Aromatherapy3
HFT 116Pilates Mat Instructor2
HFT 120Alternative and Complementary Medicine3
HFT 122Group Fitness Instructor4
HFT 124Resistance Training Instructor4
HFT 128Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor4
HFT 151Personal Fitness Trainer 14
HFT 152Personal Fitness Trainer 24
HFT 156Establishing a Personal Training Business3
HFT 160Aquatic Personal Trainer2
HFT 164Health and Fitness Across the Life Span I3
HFT 168Health and Fitness Across the Life Span II3
HFT 172Health and Fitness Training: Older Adults3
HFT 176Health and Fitness Training: Women's Health3
HFT 180Pilates Mat Practicum2
HFT 182Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum2
DT 105Geriatric Nutrition3
DT 110Community Nutrition3
DT 120Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle3
DT 125Nutrition Through the Lifecycle3

Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (AFIC)

Program Prerequisites: AFL 085 Applications of College Reading and Writing and AFM 090 Foundations of Basic Mathematics or appropriate placement test scores.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
HFT 128Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor 324
Total Credits:  425

Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate (APFTC)

Program Prerequisites: HFT 152 Personal Fitness Trainer 2 and HFT 182 Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum (minimum grade C for both) or hold a nationally accredited Personal Training Certificate

Semester 1LecLabCredits
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
HFT 160Aquatic Personal Trainer 122
Total Credits:  223

Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (GFIC)

Program Prerequisites: AFL 085 Applications of College Reading and Writing and AFM 090 Foundations of Basic Mathematics or appropriate placement test scores.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
HFT 122Group Fitness Instructor 324
Total Credits:  425

Health and Fitness Special Populations Certificate (HFSPC)

Program Prerequisites: BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 and ENG 101 English Composition 1 (minimum grade C for both).

Semester 1LecLabCredits
HFT 164Health and Fitness Training: Chronic Diseases and Conditions 303
HFT 168Health and Fitness Training: Youth 303
Semester 2  
HFT 172Health and Fitness Training: Older Adults 303
HFT 176Health and Fitness Training: Women's Health 303
Total Credits:  12012

Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)

Program Prerequisites: AFL 085 Applications of College Reading and Writing and AFM 090 Foundations of Basic Mathematics or appropriate placement test scores.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
HFT 151Personal Fitness Trainer 1 324
Semester 2  
HFT 152Personal Fitness Trainer 2 324
HFT 156Establishing a Personal Training Business 303
HFT 182Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum 172
Total Credits:  111114

Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate (PMIC)

Program Prerequisites: AFL 085 Applications of College Reading and Writing and AFM 090 Foundations of Basic Mathematics or appropriate placement test scores.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
HFT 116Pilates Mat Instructor 122
HFT 180Pilates Mat Practicum 172
Total Credits:  395

Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)

Program Prerequisite: Program Prerequisite: HFT 122 Group Fitness Instructor or HFT 128 Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor or HFT 151 Personal Fitness Trainer 1 (minimum grade C for all).

Semester 1LecLabCredits
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
HFT 124Resistance Training Instructor 324
Total Credits:  425

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (YIC) 

Program Prerequisites: AFL 085 Applications of College Reading and Writing and AFM 090 Foundations of Basic Mathematics or appropriate placement test scores.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
HFT 118Yoga Teacher Training 1 345
HFT 184Yoga Internship 1 122
Semester 2  
HFT 119Yoga Teacher Training 2 345
HFT 185Yoga Internship 2 122
Total Credits:  81214

Courses

HFT 100 Lifeguarding
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

A course that prepares students for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification. Topics include: recognizing and responding to aquatic emergencies, preventing drowning and injuries, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Prerequisites: Instructor consent. Must be at least 16 years old. Must pass a pre test of swimming skills during first class session
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HFT 102 Journal Writing
2 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on using journal writing to reduce stress. Topics include: journaling techniques for self reflection, self exploration, and self healing.
Prerequisites: None
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HFT 104 Herbology
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on herbal preparations and their effects on the human body. Topics include: properties of herbs, categorizing herbs, naturopathic formulas, herbal reactions, and analysis techniques for deficiencies.
Prerequisites: None
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HFT 108 Aromatherapy
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on using essential oils in clinical settings and personal life for specific conditions. Topics include: history; preparing a variety of blends; and understanding physiological, mental, and emotional effects of aromatherapy.
Prerequisites: None
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HFT 116 Pilates Mat Instructor
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

A course that prepares students for the National Pilates Mat Certification Examination. Topics include: history and principles of Pilates, levels of exercises, safety guidelines, instructional concepts, and modifications for special populations.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 or AFM 090 (minimum grade C for both) or appropriate placement test scores, and instructor consent
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HFT 118 Yoga Teacher Training 1
5 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

A course that prepares students for National Yoga Alliance Certification. Topics include: building a personal practice, instructional concepts, safety guidelines, modifications for special populations, physical anatomy, and yoga techniques/practices.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C) or appropriate placement test scores, and instructor consent
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HFT 119 Yoga Teacher Training 2
5 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

A continuation of HFT 118 that prepares students for National Yoga Alliance Certification. Topics include: guidelines, modifications for special populations, anatomy, and yoga techniques/practices.
Prerequisites: HFT 118 and HFT 184
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HFT 120 Alternative and Complementary Medicine
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on foundation concepts of alternative and complementary medicine. Topics include: mind-body techniques, movement-oriented approaches, community-based health care practices, manual healing methods, biological treatments, and diet and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C), or appropriate placement test scores
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HFT 122 Group Fitness Instructor
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course that prepares students for the National Group Fitness Instructor Examination. Topics include: communication skills, instructional concepts, effective exercise design, choreography, safety guidelines, and modifications for special populations.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C), or appropriate placement test scores
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HFT 124 Resistance Training Instructor
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on theories and guidelines for designing safe, effective, and efficient resistance training programs. Topics include: evaluation of biomechanical, physiologic, and genetic factors affecting strength and muscle tissue gain.
Prerequisites: HFT 122 or HFT 128 or HFT 152 (minimum grade C for all), and instructor consent
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HFT 128 Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on aquatic exercise principles, techniques, and group instruction skills for students pursuing aquatic group fitness instructor certification. Topics include: anatomy and physiology of aquatic exercise, effects of water on the body, movement analysis, and class formats.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C), or appropriate placement test scores, and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 130 Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on developing fitness and wellness programs for individuals and groups, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. Topics include: fitness testing for each fitness component, behavior modification, nutrition, stress management, addictions, sexually transmitted disease, and chronic disease.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C), or appropriate placement test scores
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HFT 151 Personal Fitness Trainer 1
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on techniques used in the personal training fitness field. Topics include: the body's response to exercise, screening and consultation guidelines, dietary principles, and communication and documentation.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C), or appropriate placement test scores, and instructor consent
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HFT 152 Personal Fitness Trainer 2
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A continuation of HFT 151 that prepares students for the National Certified Personal Trainer Exam. Topics include: applying exercise principles, using therapeutic exercise, working with special populations, understanding legal issues, and analyzing and evaluating fitness techniques.
Prerequisites: HFT 151 (minimum grade C)
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HFT 156 Establishing a Personal Training Business
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on strategies for promoting personal training services and establishing a client base. Topics include: using resources to build a client base, applying sales processes, networking, analyzing needs, and handling objections.
Prerequisites: HFT 151 (minimum grade C)
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HFT 160 Aquatic Personal Trainer
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

A course for experienced personal trainers who want to enter the aquatic fitness field. Topics include: effects of water properties on exercise programming, monitoring exercise intensity in aquatic environments, and aquatic exercise formats.
Prerequisites: HFT 152 and HFT 182 (minimum grade C for both), and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 164 Health and Fitness Training: Chronic Diseases and Conditions
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on how common conditions affect the exercise response. Topics include: developing an exercise plan, and effects of medications on exercise performance.
Prerequisites: BIO 152 and ENG 101 (minimum grade C for both), and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 168 Health and Fitness Training: Youth
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on current national guidelines for youth fitness and physical activity. Topics include: childhood obesity; the role of school, family, and community in youth fitness; and cultural and gender differences.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 (minimum grade C), and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 172 Health and Fitness Training: Older Adults
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the impact of exercise on quality of life for older adults. Topics include: American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for testing and exercise prescription, effects of the aging process on exercise, and program development.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 (minimum grade C), and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 176 Health and Fitness Training: Women's Health
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on exercise programming throughout a woman's life stages, including adolescence, prenatal, and menopause. Topics include: conditions that affect women and exercise, and program design.
Prerequisites: BIO 152 and ENG 101 (minimum grade C for both), and instructor consent
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HFT 180 Pilates Mat Practicum
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 7 Lab Hours.

Students apply Pilates knowledge and skills in a health and fitness setting by observing and assisting in Pilates Mat classes taught by a certified Pilates instructor.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 090 or appropriate placement test scores, and instructor consent
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HFT 182 Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 7 Lab Hours.

Students apply personal fitness training knowledge and skills in a health and fitness setting by observing and assisting with classes taught by a professional personal fitness trainer.
Prerequisites: HFT 151 (minimum grade C), and instructor consent
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HFT 184 Yoga Internship 1
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

Students apply yoga knowledge and skills in a practice setting by observing and assisting in classes taught by a certified Yoga Instructor.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C), or appropriate placement test scores
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HFT 185 Yoga Internship 2
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

Students apply yoga knowledge and skills in a practice setting by observing and assisting in classes taught by a certified Yoga Instructor.
Prerequisites: HFT 184 and HFT 118
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HFT 198 First Year Special Topics in Health and Fitness Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Health and Fitness Technology, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade C) or AFM 090 (minimum grade C), or appropriate placement test score
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HFT 199 First Year Independent Project in Health and Fitness Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Health and Fitness Technology that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Health and Fitness Technology faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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HFT 250 Exercise Physiology
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on the human body's response and adaptations to exercise and physical training. Topics include: the influence of exercise on body systems, optimal physiological adaptations for improving fitness and performance, and testing and programming related to exercise and fitness.
Prerequisites: BIO 152 and ENG 101 and HFT 130 and MAT 105 (minimum grade C for all), and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 260 Health and Fitness Program Design
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on skills for identifying, assessing, designing, promoting, implementing, and evaluating programs for health and fitness in various settings. Topics include: needs assessment, funding, marketing, and using tools for evaluating program outcomes.
Prerequisites: HFT 250 and EMS 100 and BUS 190 (minimum grade C for all), and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 294 Internship: Health and Fitness Technology
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in an unpaid field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow applicable policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: HFT 250 and EMS 100 and BUS 190 (minimum grade C for all), and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 298 Second Year Special Topics in Health and Fitness Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Health and Fitness Technology, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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HFT 299 Second Year Independent Project in Health and Fitness Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Health and Fitness Technology that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Health and Fitness Technology faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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Faculty

Program Chair/Advisor (All Health & Fitness programs)

Henry (Trey) Morgan MS-AT, ATC
henry.morgan@cincinnatistate.edu