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Transforming a fit, healthy lifestyle into a high-demand career is easier than ever with the Diagnostic Health and Fitness Technician/Instructor program at Pierce College. Combining classroom and cutting edge laboratory experiences, this one-year program is specifically designed for men and women wishing to pass national fitness trainer certification exams or go on to further fields in healthcare.

Enroll today
Enrollment is open throughout the year.

Prerequisites
Students are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.

Program length
Requirements for the certificate in Diagnostic Health and Fitness Technician/Instructor can be completed in one year.

Core curriculum
The core curriculum in this program includes courses in:

  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Essentials of weight management
  • Essentials of fitness training
  • Client care and marketing
  • Health assessment and fitness testing
  • Athletic training and acute injury management
  • Wellness
  • Anatomy and physiology

Special program features
Using Pierce College Fort Steilacoom's new $9 million Health Education Center, the Diagnostic Health and Fitness Technician/Instructor program melds classroom instruction with the most technologically advanced laboratory equipment available. In the Health Assessment Laboratory, students gain critical, hands-on experience performing diagnostic tests and assessments, including hydrostatic weighing to test body composition and Max VO2 assessment with a metabolic cart. Knowing how and when to perform these critical tests gives students a competitive edge in various athletic and healthcare careers.

Employment possibilities
A certificate in Diagnostic Health and Fitness Technician/Instructor from Pierce College can help you become a personal fitness trainer, athletic trainer, or health educator.

Lisa Murray
DHFT Program Coordinator PTA Program Advisory
253-964-6482
(FS)

Steve Crain
HealthSci, Wellness and PhysEd Department Coordinator
253-964-6664
(FS)