Wellness & Health Promotion Associate Degree

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Program Code: 105461

For you, wellness is a way of life. What if you could motivate others to make healthy choices and improve their well-being? And earn a living doing what you love? With this associate degree program, you’ll get ready for a career as a wellness coach, exercise trainer, or health promotion specialist. You’ll prepare for employment in health care organizations, insurance companies, corporate environments, fitness facilities, and other health, home, and community settings. Plus, you’ll learn to inspire people to implement positive lifestyle changes.


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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory program orientation and welcome week.
• Complete caregiver background check and required immunizations. 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Wellness & Health Promotion associate of applied science degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
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 & HEALTH ISSUES ...addresses the incidence and cost of chronic diseases 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 signs, symptoms, prevention and management of these disorders and health issues through behavior change and lifestyle wellness.
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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-524-122 WELLNESS INSURANCE/BENEFITS ...this course introduces learners to the basics of health insurance and benefit plans. Learners will identify legal standards for the development of wellness programs. Students will analyze a multitude of wellness and benefit plans and propose strategies to contain costs and increase well-being of individuals and organizations. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Wellness & Health Promotion program)
10-546-123 NUTRITIONAL HEALTH ...this course provides fundamental knowledge of nutrition science and relates relevant concepts to chronic disease prevention methods and athletic/fitness performance strategies. Topics covered include: an overview of the macro- and micronutrients, digestion, absorption and elimination processes, weight management, chronic disease states, and sport-specific nutrition strategies. Students will examine dietary assessment and intervention strategies to provide a holistic approach to modern-day barriers of healthy nutrition.
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. (Prerequisite: 10-546-101, Personal Wellness & Fitness)
10-546-105 WELLNESS KINESIOLOGY ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of the musculoskeletal system and major muscle groups and their response to movement and exercise. Also introduces biomechanics, in regard to human movement, to gain a greater understanding of athletic performance and reduction of sport injuries. This course will help the learner understand the movements of action in the human body. (Prerequisite: 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy with a "B" or better)
10-546-124 WELLNESS PRACTICUM 1 ...provides students with a structured practicum experience applying wellness coaching and programming skills. (Prerequisite: 10-546-101, Personal Wellness & Fitness)
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 50; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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. (Prerequisite: 10-546-104, Introduction to Wellness Coaching)
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. (Prerequisite: 10-546-104, Introduction to Wellness Coaching; 10-546-222, Insurance and Benefits for the Wellness Professional)
10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
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)
10-546-111 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. (Prerequisite: 10-546-106, Wellness Programming & Design)
10-546-114 WELLNESS PRACTICUM 2 ...provides students with an advanced practicum experience applying wellness coaching and programming skills. (Prerequisite: 10-546-124, Wellness Practicum 1)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
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. (Prerequisite: 10-546-109, Exercise Physiology)
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. (Prerequisites: 10-546-111, Coaching & Interviewing Techniques; 10-546-112, Wellness Coaching Psychology)
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-546-XXX courses. 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 Basic Anatomy. 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.

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.


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Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase a uniform, 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 BLS Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain certification 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.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit