School: Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept: Health, Physical Education & Human Performance
Curriculum Chair: Dr. Richard F. Gennaro, Jr.
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined
The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers. Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
The Associate in Science (AS) degree program in Health & Human Performance is an innovative program designed for students who are interested in the fields of health, fitness and wellness. Coursework is focused in the essential areas of: Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Human Performance, Nutrition and Fitness, which provide both a strong foundation and great flexibility to students interested in transferring to a four-year college with health-, fitness-, and wellness-related degree programs including: Pre-Professional Programs, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine, Athletic Training, Sports Team Coaching, Physical Education Instruction, Personal Training, Sports Studies, Kinesiology, and Movement Science (to name a few). The Health and Human Performance program also provides students the opportunity to pursue entry-level careers in the rapidly growing, and dynamic fields of health, fitness and wellness.
Included in this degree program is the opportunity to achieve several Certifications:
- Students may complete the Personal Trainer Certificate program; upon successful completion, students will obtain a Personal Training Certificate from Westchester Community College and have the option to obtain the personal training professional credential (CFT), by sitting for the national certification exam through the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF).
- Lifeguard Certification through the American Red Cross.
- CPR/First Aid/AED Certification through the American Heart Association. Students will receive a two-year certification in BLS for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver First Aid.
To maximize success in transferring to a four-year institution, a minimum grade of “C” is recommended in all courses.
- Many internship placement organizations expect a background check, and may or may not preclude a student from obtaining an internship, which is required of the program. The additional expense of the background check is the student’s responsibility. Westchester Community College uses Castle Branch to conduct the background check. After receiving acceptance to the program, students should begin the background check process by visiting http://portal.castlebranch.com/uu56 and following the instructions.
- Students will be prepared/qualified to sit for the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) credentialing exam, which is conducted at the conclusion of the program, the fee for this exam is $175 and is the student’s responsibility.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate how to conduct acceptable physical assessment to include: body composition analysis, nutritional analysis, biomechanical analysis, and baseline aerobic & anaerobic testing.
- Demonstrate business, communication and writing skills necessary to work in a variety of fitness/wellness settings.
- Demonstrate comprehension of the physiologic basis for exercise, and physical activity relating to physical fitness and athletic performance.
- Create and implement safe, effective, goal-specific exercise programs based on the needs of special populations (special, masters, youth, gender-specific).
- Compare and contrast the impact (significance) of physical activity, movement, fitness, nutrition and exercise on health, performance, quality of life and disease prevention.
- Identify & discuss ethical issues faced by professionals who work in the healthcare, fitness & wellness industries.
General Education Requirements - 30 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (6 credits)
Natural Sciences (8 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 33 Credits
Human Performance Electives
Select ONE of the following courses:
Physical Education Electives
Select from the following courses to satisfy SIX credits. Recommendations depend upon student transfer plans. Consult your Curriculum Chair.
Minimum Total Credits - 63
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
State University of New York (SUNY) Transfer Paths
This program of study is an approved SUNY Transfer Path, which guarantees SUNY two-year associate of arts and associate of science graduates a seamless transfer path from the associate’s degree level of study to the bachelor’s degree level within the SUNY system. This applies to degrees received in the same discipline at both institutions in a designated SUNY Transfer Path. Students will have junior status upon transfer, which allows for the completion of a bachelor’s degree within two additional years of full-time study. Visit SUNY Transfer Paths for more information about how to advance your academic career within the State University of New York.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.