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Health & Fitness Program

Health & Fitness ImageThe Health & Fitness curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and competencies for the field of exercise science. Graduates of this program will have a wide variety of entry level career opportunities in such areas as athletic trainer assistant, rehabilitation specialist assistant, sport/fitness program director, personal fitness trainer, aerobics instructor, coach, health club specialist, and other fields of interest.

The health care industry is about a 3 trillion dollar industry per year in the United States. (According to Becker’s financial report) The fitness center and health clubs industry is about a 25 billion dollar industry per year in the United States. (According to statistic portal)

After successful completion of ES109: Conditioning and Strength in Training course, the student will be ready to take the National Strength and Conditioning Assocation (NSCA) – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification.

Available certifications:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • Certified Personal Trainer
  • American College of Sports Medicine
    • Personal trainer
    • Exercise physiologist

And much more….

Degree Program - Health & Fitness Associate

Degree Audit Form - Health & Fitness Associate (Coming Soon)

Curriculum Map - Health & Fitness (Coming Soon)

Curriculum Map - General Education Health & Fitness

The health and fitness field is an ever growing and evolving field. The proof of this would be the statistic, from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, which states that the health and fitness field is up 8% in employment. This makes the health and fitness field one of the fastest growing fields. With the continuing struggle to find cures for diseases and ailments, there is a precedent being put on Health Specialists to help find ways to get the population to healthier lifestyles. So, if you have a passion for healthy living, helping others, and having a rewarding career, then the Health and Fitness program at Bay Mills Community College is the program for YOU!

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, May 2016 and 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, the following are the national median salaries.  Starting salaries will generally be less than median salaries.  Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.

Personal Trainer and Aerobic Instructor (2014) $36,900
Coaching (2014) $36,680
Recreational Worker (2014) $25,430
Dietitian or Nutritionist’s Assistant (2014)  $30,640
Massage Therapist  $44,480
Athletic Trainer Assistant  $34,260
Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant $48,410

Matt Romatz HeadshotTo learn more about the Health & Fitness Program, contact, Matt Romatz, Department Chair:

     Email: mromatz@bmcc.edu
     Office Phone: (906) 248-9009/9010 Ext 3

Mukwa Fitness Center“The Health & Fitness Program is great for any one who is interested in a career in the health industry. I love being able to use my degree to help people in the community reach their fitness goals”  
-- Brooke Mazur, 2017 BMCC Graduate, transferred to Central Michigan University, Employed at the Mukwa Health & Fitness Center since 2013


“Learning hands on at Bay Mills Community College and working at the Mukwa fitness center has been invaluable to my future and the career path I am seeking. Using my knowledge that I gained in the classroom and being able to help out the community members at the Mukwa Fitness Center was my favorite part of my experience at BMCC.”   
-- Mikayla Student, 2017 BMCC Graduate, Sault Tribal Health Center