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Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Health Sciences

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 semesters

Location: Centennial

Transferability: Transferable, Guaranteed Transfer (GT)

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Pikes Peak State College offers several different types of Health and Wellness courses to help you learn more about nutrition, first aid, your body, and to enhance your physical fitness. 

The Associate of Applied Science Health, Wellness, and Fitness is a gateway for students interested in a career in a health, wellness, and fitness field. The program emphasizes the fundamentals of exercise science, nutrition, and health and wellness promotion. The Health, Wellness, and Fitness degree is the educational pathway for a career in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, specialized fitness instructor, worksite wellness coordinator, and health and wellness coaching.

What do PPSC Health & Wellness students study?

Students who pursue a health, wellness, & fitness degree will study nutrition, weight management, fitness, CPR, and more!  

Demand for Health, Wellness, & Fitness Professionals

There is an increasing need for educated and trained health, wellness, and fitness professionals.  Wellness coaches, athletic trainers, exercise trainers, group fitness instructors, occupational therapists, and physical therapy assistants are emerging as innovative health promotion intervention specialists.  Health, wellness, and fitness professionals have careers in the medical field, in the corporate world, in the school systems, and in the fitness industry. In recent years, educated and trained health and exercise professionals have emerged as the link between medical recommendations and the innovative health promotion intervention approach.  They educate the public on how to alter and improve health behaviors to prevent chronic diseases.
Class in PPSC Fitness Center


PPSC has a wide variety of classes you can take related to health  and wellness. Here are a few:

Introduces basic principles of nutrition with emphasis on personal nutrition. This course focuses on macro and micro nutrients and their effects on the functions of the human body. Special emphasis is placed on the application of wellness, disease, and lifespan as it pertains to nutrition.

Prepares the student for certification in CPR and Basic First Aid. Skills will include basic life support, airway obstruction, control of bleeding, shock, and patient care for the unconscious.

Health & Wellness

Explores the six components of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and occupational. Topics include health risks, wellness behaviors, and personal behavior change in the areas of nutrition; exercise; substance abuse; stress management; cardiovascular and cancer risk factors; the aging process; and violence, death, and dying in our society. Provides tools to complete self-assessments and develop a wellness program for a healthier lifestyle across a lifespan.

Health & Wellness

Introduces the discipline of kinesiology, including the effects of physical activity and exercise on the human physiology and human experience. The course also explores career options including expectations of professionals in the field.

Focuses on the concepts of improved performance in all fitness areas. Emphasis is placed on how carbohydrates, fat, and protein impact performance, and the relationship between metabolism and weight for all populations. Addresses unhealthy diets, eating patterns, and behavior modifications to change negative food relationships within a variety of populations.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Health, Wellness, and Fitness degree program, students should be able to:

  • Conduct health, nutrition, and fitness assessments for diverse populations.
  • Design behavioral change strategies aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles.
  • Design and implement exercise programs to all populations.
  • Explain whole person health and how it differentiates based on genetics, race, gender,
  • environment, and aging.
  • Implement basic managerial skills, including technical, conceptual, interpersonal communication, and decision-making skills

  • Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor
  • Math Requirements: Students should place into MAT 1140 or MAT 1260
  • English Requirements: Students should place into ENG 1021 or ENG 1020
  • Certificate options are also available - Program Options 

  • BIO 1004 - Biology: A Human Approach (4) OR BIO 1111 - General College Biology I w/ Lab: SC1 (5)
  • COM 1150 - Public Speaking (3) OR COM 1250 - Interpersonal Communication (3) OR COM 2300 - Intercultural Communication: SS3 (3)
  • ENG 1021 - English Composition I: CO1 (3) OR ENG 1020 - Technical Writing I: CO1 (3)
  • MAT 1140 - Career Math (3) OR MAT 1260 - Introduction to Statistics: MA1 (3)
  • SOC 2018 - Sociology of Diversity: SS3 (3)

Total: 16-17 Credit Hours

  • PSY 1001 - General Psychology I: SS3 (3)
  • MAR 1060 - Customer Service (3)
  • HWE 1050 - Human Nutrition (3)
  • HWE 1064 - Weight Management and Exercise (2)
  • HWE 1062 - Health & Wellness (3)
  • HWE 1005 - AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR & AED (.5)

Total: 14.5 Credit Hours

  • HWE 1061 - Fitness & Wellness (2) 
  • HWE 1065 - Introduction to Exercise Health Science (3)
  • HWE 1019 - Skills & Methods of Teaching Fitness Instruction (3)
  • HWE 2060 - Sports Nutrition & Body Composition (3)
  • HWE 1068 - Certified Personal Trainer Prep Course (3)

Total: 14 Credit Hours

  • HWE 2064 - Health & Wellness Coaching (3)
  • Electives (13) - Please meet with an advisor to ensure that the electives chosen will apply for the Health, Wellness, & Fitness AAS Degree

Total: 16 Credit Hours

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