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Wellness & Health Promotion Program Code 105461

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The focus of the Wellness and Health Promotion associate degree is to prepare graduates to work as prevention and interventional wellness professionals. Wellness professionals will reduce the occurrence and recidivism of illness, injury and disease by helping others implement lifestyle changes through the effective application of wellness education and coaching in the home or workplace. Wellness is the dynamic process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more positive balanced and healthy lifestyle. Health Promotion progressively generates interest for the accomplishment and advancement of health. Health and wellness professionals facilitate a partnership and change process that enables clients to change their mindsets, and develop and sustain behaviors proven to improve health and well-being, going beyond what they have been able to do alone. This program will meet the emerging demand for health and wellness professionals in Northeast Wisconsin.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the Wellness and Health Promotion program will have the potential for employment in a corporate, community, fitness, or healthcare setting as a:

. Wellness/Health Coach

. Health and Fitness Specialist

. Wellness and Health Promotion Coordinator

. Personal Trainer

. Customer Care Specialist

. Community Health Educator

Program Outcomes

. Utilize the dimensions of wellness to coordinate health and wellness events.
. Perform health and wellness assessments including fitness testing, body composition assessment, blood pressure screening, diet analysis, and health risk assessments.
. Explain the causes of chronic disease and how to prevent and manage chronic disease through lifestyle and behavior modification.
. Plan, implement, and evaluate corporate, community, or individual wellness plans.
. Employ holistic wellness coaching strategies to implement behavior modification and lifestyle change in clients.
. Assess personal fitness levels and prescribe exercise intervention plans.
. Lead and evaluate personal and group exercise sessions.
. Develop, deliver, and evaluate health and wellness educational sessions to small and large groups.
. Analyze key behaviors and implement social marketing campaigns designed promote healthy lifestyles.
. Create a culture of wellness among key customer groups.

Requirements for Program Entry

. The Wellness and Health Promotion program incorporates an emphasis in either Wellness Coaching or Exercise Science. Students will need to declare their emphasis of choice during the 2nd semester.

Clinical Experience

. Students will be required to purchase a uniform, pay for liability insurance, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances and participate in weekend rotations.
. Students are required to complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
. Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
. Students may be required to complete drug testing and/or finger printing by clinical agencies.

Requirements for Program Application

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Admissions Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment taken with the last five years. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
. Two semesters High School, or one semester in College of: Algebra and Chemistry (with a lab component). All required course grades must be completed with a "C" or better.

Requirements for Program Entry

. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 90; Reading Comprehension, 90; Sentence Skills, 95. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 21; English, 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required
to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Attend mandatory program orientation.
. Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Complete a Functional Abilities Inventory.

Suggested Skills for Success

Students are expected to have entry-level computer skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer skills coursework if deficient in this area.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Wellness & Health Promotion associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

* 10-546-101 Personal Wellness & Fitness
3
* 10-546-102 Chronic Diseases/Health Issues
3
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
++10-806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
10-809-188 Developmental Psychology
3
** 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER

* 10-546-103 Health & Nutrition
3
* 10-546-104 Intro to Wellness Coaching
3
* 10-546-105 Wellness Kinesiology
4
* 10-546-108 Wellness Practicum I
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

EXERCISE SCIENCE TRACK
* 10-546-107 Stress Management Techniques
2
* 10-546-106 Wellness Programming/Design
3
* 10-546-109 Exercise Physiology
3
* 10-546-110 Exercise/Performance Nutrition
3
10-804-123 Math w Business Apps
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
COACHING TRACK
* 10-546-107 Stress Management Techniques
2
* 10-546-106 Wellness Programming/Design
3
* 10-546-111 Coaching & Interviewing Tech
3
* 10-546-112 Wellness Coaching Psychology
3
10-804-123 Math w Business Apps
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
FOURTH SEMESTER

EXERCISE SCIENCE TRACK
* 10-546-113 Wellness Marketing/Technology
3
* 10-546-114 Wellness Practicum 2
3
* 10-546-115 Exercise Testing/Prescription
3
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
COACHING TRACK
* 10-546-113 Wellness Marketing/Technology
3
* 10-546-114 Wellness Practicum 2
3
* 10-546-116 Coaching for Behavior Change
3
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
15

TOTAL CREDITS
62

Curriculum Note
* No final grade lower than a "C" is acceptable in any of the courses marked with an asterisk. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
++No final grade lower than a "B" is acceptable in General Anatomy & Physiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "B" in this course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-546-101 PERSONAL WELLNESS & FITNESS ...this course introduces the seven-dimension model of wellness. Learners will apply the seven dimensions of wellness to develop and implement a personal wellness plan. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Wellness & Health Promotion program)

10-546-102 CHRONIC DISEASES & OTHER HEALTH ISSUES ...this course addresses the incidence and cost of chronic disease and other modern health issues. Study the four major causes of chronic disease (lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption). Emphasis is placed on the prevention and management of these health issues through behavior change and lifestyle wellness. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Wellness & Health Promotion program)

10-546-103 HEALTH & NUTRITION ...this course introduces the relationship and impact of nutrition and health. Learners will understand dietary guidelines and create and monitor nutrition plans.

10-546-104 INTRODUCTION TO WELLNESS COACHING ...this course will introduce the concept of wellness coaching utilizing the seven dimensions of wellness model. Learners will apply wellness coaching principles to facilitate behavior and lifestyle change.

10-546-105 WELLNESS KINESIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY ...this course studies the musculoskeletal system and major muscle groups and their response to movement and exercise. Also introduces disorders that can occur in major body systems with signs, symptoms and associated pharmacology. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology with a "B" or better)

10-546-106 WELLNESS PROGRAMMING & DESIGN ...learners will design, develop, and deliver corporate and community wellness initiatives such as health risk assessments, wellness incentive programs, or health educational sessions. Learners will develop needs assessments, goals, objectives and evaluation measures with an emphasis on writing and presentation skills.

10-546-107 STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES ...understand the effects of stress on personal well-being. Learn, assess, and apply stress management techniques (relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing techniques, and other holistic methods) for personal and client utilization.

10-546-108 WELLNESS PRACTICUM 1 ...provides students with a structured practicum experience applying wellness coaching and programming skills. (Prerequisite: 10-546-101, Personal Wellness & Fitness)

10-546-109 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY ...develops an understanding of the functionality and responses of cardiovascular and strength training exercise on the human body. (Prerequisite: 10-546-105, Wellness Kinesiology & Pathology)

10-546-110 EXERCISE & PERFORMANCE NUTRITION ...develops knowledge of how nutrition impacts performance and exercise. The course will examine nutritional and dietary fads, programs, and supplements. (Prerequisite: 10-546-103, Health & Nutrition)

10-546-111 COACHING & INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES ...apply listening and interviewing techniques to assess wellness levels and to facilitate health-related information exchange between the wellness practitioner and client. (Prerequisite: 10-546-104, Introduction to Wellness Coaching)

10-546-112 WELLNESS COACHING PSYCHOLOGY ...develops an understanding of various psychological factors in the causes and treatment of chronic disease. Emphasis will be placed on factors leading to poor health choices and resistance to lifestyle change. (Prerequisite: 10-546-104, Introduction to Wellness Coaching)

10-546-113 WELLNESS MARKETING & TECHNOLOGY ...create and develop wellness marketing and promotion strategies to enhance customer and client participation in individual and group related wellness programming opportunities. Utilize technology and social media to promote wellness initiatives.

10-546-114 WELLNESS PRACTICUM 2 ...provides students with an advanced practicum experience applying wellness coaching and programming skills. (Prerequisite: 10-546-108, Wellness Practicum 1)

10-546-115 EXERCISE TESTING & PRESCRIPTION ...apply exercise theory to assess and develop interventional wellness-related exercise programs for individuals and groups. Assess exercise risk factors and implement safety measure to assure client safety. (Corequisites: 10-546-109, Exercise Physiology; 10-546-110, Exercise and Performance Nutrition)

10-546-116 COACHING FOR BEHAVIOR CHANGE ...utilize wellness coaching techniques to identify lifestyle issues or problems, set goals, motivate clients, track progress, and implement life-long behavior change. (Corequisites: 10-546-111, Coaching & Interviewing Techniques; 10-546-112, Wellness Coaching Psychology)

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.