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. 

Graduates of the Health and Fitness Technology program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, while gaining knowledge and skills in anatomy and physiology, foundations of exercise, health and wellness principles, and emergency procedures. Graduates also gain business and computer skills.

While completing requirements for the associate's degree, students complete the Personal Fitness Trainer certificate and may also complete one or more of the following certificates: Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Mat Instructor, Resistance Training, or Yoga Teacher Training.

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

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit our Admissions Page

Health and Fitness Technology (HFT)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning ( G) 223
HFT 130Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs ( B) 223
Semester 2  
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 324
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 1 (B)  021
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
Semester 3  
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional ( B) 101
COMM 110Public Speaking ( G) 303
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
HFT 151Personal Fitness Trainer 1 ( T) 223
HFT XXX Special Populations Elective (T)  303
Semester 4  
HFT 250Exercise Physiology ( T) 324
HFT 152Personal Fitness Trainer 2 ( T) 223
HFT 156Establishing a Personal Training Business ( T) 303
HFT 182Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum ( T) 172
DT 120Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle ( B) 303
Semester 5  
HFT 260Health and Fitness Program Design ( T) 223
HFT 294Internship: Health and Fitness Technology ( T) 1402
XXX XXX Health and Fitness Elective (T)  303
HFT 255 Anatomical Kinesiology (T)  303
PE 1XX Physical Education Elective 2 (B)  021
Total Credits:  506762

Electives

English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues (Health Fitness for Special Populations)3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Health and Fitness for Special Populations Elective
HFT 164Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 13
HFT 168Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 23
Physical Education Electives (2 credit hours required)
Any PE
Health and Fitness Elective (3 credit hours required)
Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (GFIC)
HFT 122Group Fitness Instructor4
Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate (PMIC)
HFT 116Pilates Mat Instructor2
HFT 180Pilates Mat Practicum2
Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)
HFT 124Resistance Training Instructor4
Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (YIC)
HFT 118Yoga Teacher Training 15
HFT 119Yoga Teacher Training 25
HFT 184Yoga Internship 12
HFT 185Yoga Internship 22
Aquatics Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (AFIC)
HFT 128Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor4
Aquatics Personal Fitness Instructor Certificate (APFTC)
HFT 160Aquatic Personal Trainer2
Dietetic Technology
DT 135Sports Nutrition3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum. 

G = General Education course in this curriculum

B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum

T = Technical course in this curriculum

Courses

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: Must be admitted to the Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate program
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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 and practices.
Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Yoga Teacher Training Certificate program
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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 and practices.
Prerequisites: HFT 118 and HFT 184
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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: Must be admitted to the Group Fitness Instructor Certificate program
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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: Must be admitted to the Resistance Training Certificate
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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: Must be admitted to the Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor Certificate program
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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 for both), or appropriate placement test scores
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HFT 151 Personal Fitness Trainer 1
3 Credits. 2 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 for both) or appropriate placement test scores, and must be admitted to the Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate program
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HFT 152 Personal Fitness Trainer 2
3 Credits. 2 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: Must be admitted to the Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate program
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HFT 164 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 1
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the impact of exercise on quality of life for older adults and those with chronic health conditions/diseases. Topics include: American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for testing and exercise prescription, and the effects of the aging process and chronic conditions on exercise performance and fitness program development.
Prerequisites: HFT 130 , and must be admitted to the Health and Fitness Special Populations Certificate program
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HFT 168 Health and Fitness Across the Life Span 2
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the national guidelines for youth fitness/physical activity and exercise programming throughout a woman's life stages. Topics include program design; childhood obesity; the role of school, family, and community in youth fitness; cultural and gender differences affecting fitness; and women's life stages (adolescence, prenatal, menopause) and conditions that affect exercise.
Prerequisites: HFT 130
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Instructor Consent Required

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: Must be admitted to the Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate program
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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)
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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: Must be admitted to the Yoga Teacher Training Certificate program
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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 118 and HFT 184
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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 151 and ENG 101 and HFT 130 and MAT 105 (minimum grade C for all)
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 251 Corrective Exercise Specialist
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

A course that prepares experienced fitness trainers/instructors to successfully prevent injuries and recondition clients of all levels, and to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist exam. Topics include: fundamentals of corrective exercise, and developing and implementing integrated strategies to improve common movement impairments.
Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in HFT 152 , or earned Cincinnati State certificate in Personal Fitness Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor, or have a comparable current national accreditation or certification
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Instructor Consent Required

HFT 255 Anatomical Kinesiology
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on principles of human anatomy and motion as they relate to physical activity and skill performance. Topics include: the function of the skeletal, muscle, and nervous systems in generation and maintenance of human movement.
Prerequisites: HFT 130
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HFT 260 Health and Fitness Program Design
3 Credits. 2 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 (minimum grade C)
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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 (minimum grade C for both), 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)

Melinda (Mindy) Piles, MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT
melinda.piles@cincinnatistate.edu