Sep 29, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health, Fitness, and Nutrition, A.S.

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Patti Mantia, 413.552.2449,


The Associate of Science Degree in Health, Fitness and Nutrition provides a sound academic foundation for the student who wants to pursue a career in health and fitness and/or transfer to a 4-year program in exercise science.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of the exercise leader
  • Identify and discuss the components of fitness and explain how they relate to wellness
  • Describe and discuss human movement from physiological and biomechanical perspectives
  • Define and discuss ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) guidelines for fitness programs
  • Discuss exercise programming considerations for populations with medical concerns and explain basic emergency medical care
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical skills related to exercise science and/or nutrition
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal communication skills
  • Meet objectives required for successful completion of national certification exams when appropriate
  • Meet minimum criteria for transfer to four-year program and/or gain employment in the field of Health, Fitness, and Nutrition.


  • HFN Elective Credit(s): 32
  • HFN Elective Credit(s): 32
  • HFN Elective Credit(s): 12
  • HFN Elective Credit(s): 12
  • HFN Elective Credit(s): 12



1HFN 290  should be taken at the end of the program.

2Students wishing to select non-HFN elective options should seek approval from the Department Chair.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online. Go to Online Learning for more information.


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