Fitness Specialist


School: Nursing, Health and Wellness

Dean: Kathleen Hopkins,

Program Director: Patricia Zodda,

Support Staff: Erin Rooney,

Location: Technology Center, Room 8210, Phone: 845-574-4451


Degrees Offered:

Program Goals:

The certificate will provide students the opportunity to start a new career or as a springboard toward a degree in the fitness industry. The program will provide students with an effective and dynamic education that focuses on resistance training, exercise science, fitness counseling exercise program design, nutrition, communication skills and management.

Program Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate proper program design for a variety of individuals seeking an exercise program
  • Develop a variety of skills related to learning core concepts in resistance training
  • Evaluate the health and fitness status of prospective clients seeking a personal trainer
  • Demonstrate proper communication skills when dealing with clients
  • Understand how nutrition has an impact on exercise performance
  • Integrate management skills into training sessions