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Course Descriptions

Principles of Movement

PFS125

Exploration of human movement science from a prospective of how the body functions as a single, integrated unit incorporating three systems: the neural, articular, and muscular systems. Topics covered include functional movement anatomy, integrated movement principles, integrated movement training, and performance enhancement training. Active participation in a learning environment that provides cognitive, effective, and psychomotor experiences. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Group Exercise Program Survey

PFS150

Exploration of alternative exercise-fitness methodologies beyond those offered in the PFS curriculum. Active participation in a learning environment that provides cognitive, effective, and psychomotor experiences. Course work includes group exercise components such as, Pilates, group cycling, massage, yoga, Tai Chi, and Active-Isolated Stretching. 1 Credit ( .50 Lecture - 1.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PFS175. Fall Only.

Specialist Resistance Training

PFS170

Study designed to provide the background needed by students who will be involved in the prescription and direction of resistance training programs. Focus is on resistance training systems, basic principles of resistance training, and benefit of resistance training. Course includes one hour of lecture per week, one hour of personal resistance workout lab per week and two hours of weight training classes a week. Open to Physical Fitness Specialist majors, or by permission of instructor or department head. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Group Fitness Leader Training

PFS175

Preparation of fitness specialists as instructors in a variety of group exercise formats, including low impact aerobics, step aerobics, muscle conditioning, stretching, and plyometrics. Applied skills include the use of equipment relevant to instruction in group exercise classes. Course work includes designing routines that incorporate music selection, warm up/cool down, exercise patterns, linking, cueing, intensity changes, modifications, and safety considerations. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and PFS125 and PFS170. Spring Only.

Fitness and Wellness: Behavior Self Management

PFS210

Study designed to demonstrate how lives can be enhanced by a Fitness and Wellness Lifestyle. Discussion includes accurate, up-to-date information about nutrition, weight management, stress, cardiovascular health, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, substance-use abuse, and aging/death/dying. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BIO103. Fall Only.

Introduction to Chiropractic Exercise Rehabilitation

PFS212

Introduction to philosophies, practices, and the role of exercise intervention in modern chiropractic treatment. Applied skills include integrated movement in chiropractic rehabilitation and development of a variety of exercise prescriptions used in chiropractic treatment. Discussion includes the role of the fitness specialist in chiropractic care. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PFS125 and PFS214 and PFS225. Spring Only.

Behavior Modification Strategies

PFS213

Methods and strategies for lifestyle behavior modifications related to the health and fitness field of exercise participants. A variety of techniques and media is covered with theoretical and practical applications. (Formerly PFS211) 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and PFS210.

Fitness Testing and Interpretation

PFS214

Theory and application of primary health/fitness assessment protocols administered to healthy and special fitness populations. Emphasis on the five core aspects of fitness assessments: body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility. Development of a broad knowledge base for various assessment procedures allows for informed decisions concerning tests to be administered and application of testing information in the development of exercise prescription plans. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and PFS210. Spring Only.

Cardiovascular Programming

PFS217

Analysis of the body's energy systems and practical application of that knowledge in the design and implementation of a progressive program of cardiovascular exercise. Emphasis on cardiovascular fitness assessment, goal setting, training mode and equipment selection, workout intensity, workload determinations, training volume, and program demonstration and modification. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103. Corequisite(s): PFS214. Spring Only.

Organization and Leadership of Fitness Programs

PFS220

General principles of an exercise prescription. The essential components of a systematic, individualized exercise prescription include the appropriate modes of intensity, duration, frequency, progression, and safety. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PFS175 and PFS214 and PFS217 and PFS225. Corequisite(s): PFS150 and PFS213 and PFS232 and PFS235 and SPN224. Fall Only.

Fundamentals of Human Performance

PFS225

Analysis of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, which provides the basis for understanding human movement as it relates to locomotion, basic skills, and athletic performance. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and PFS210. Corequisite(s): PFS214. Spring Only.

Introduction to Personal Training

PFS226

Preparation of PFS graduates entering the personal training profession. Topics include basic exercise science, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, special populations, and safety/legal issues. Course work enables PFS students to sit for the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer exam. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and PFS213 and PFS214 and PFS220 and PFS225 and PFS235. Corequisite(s): PFS212 and PFS234 and PFS250 and SPN228. Spring Only.

Fitness Management: Theory and Application

PFS232

Preparation for those assuming management roles in commercial, clinical, corporate, and community settings of the fitness industry. Conventional business management principles and operational guidelines are applied directly to health and fitness. Industry data and trends are addressed. Emphasis on "front of the house" management topics: management theory, marketing and sales, member/employee management, program development, profit centers, and organizational development. "Back of the house" management topics include, health and safety, facility management, legal and insurance considerations, financial processes, and payroll. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PFS175 and PFS217 and PFS225. Corequisite(s): PFS213 and PFS220 and PFS235. Fall Only.

Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

PFS234

Study of basic exercise science and principles of exercise when working with an at-risk population for lifestyle diseases. Emphasis on exercise prescriptions for the lifestyle disease categories, in addition to Type II diabetes, stress, osteoporosis and cancer. Applied skills include record keeping, health history intake, medical referral, fitness assessments, and exercise prescription modification. Compliance with the legal statutes of the fitness field will be addressed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PFS213 and PFS214. Spring Only.

Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Movement and Exercise

PFS235

Study of the skeletal and muscular systems as they apply to exercise. Emphasis on origin, insertion, action, and appropriate exercises for all superficial muscles. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and PFS210 and PFS225.

Professional Fieldwork

PFS250

Individualized practical experience in a health/fitness center environment. Each student is assigned to an approved site for a minimum of 215 hours of actual hands-on participation in the industry and 10 hours of practicum. Requirements include a detailed report on the experience and participation in practicum meetings. As the culmination of the education and training process, the fieldwork must be completed in the last semester and/or with department approval once appropriate course work has been completed. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): PFS210 and PFS214 and PFS220 and PFS225.

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