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Classes for Online Certificates in Fitness, Wellness, Nutrition Begin March 14

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will be offering online classes beginning March 14 that will be used to fulfill requirements for professional certificates in personal fitness, wellness and nutrition.

According to recent U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for fitness workers is expected to increase 29 percent over the 2008-2018 decade, which is much faster than the average for most occupations.

“These Web-based certificate programs provide an interactive educational experience that will allow students to learn from anywhere at any time,” said Michelle Pittman, program coordinator for the Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach. “Students can complete a certificate in three to five months, depending on the certificate program, or up to two years if necessary.”

Each certificate program consists of a set of individual courses that focus on main themes throughout personal fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Courses do not have to be taken in any specific order.

The following are certificate program scheduled to begin in March:

  • Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training
  • Professional Certificate in Fitness Business Management
  • Professional Certificate in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness and Sports
  • Professional Certificate in Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults
  • Professional Certificate in Women’s Exercise Training and Wellness

These certificates are designed for individuals seeking new career opportunities in community wellness centers, YMCAs, college/university centers, corporate fitness centers, or interest in business ownership. They also serve as certification examination preparation courses for individuals seeking certification.

The American Council on Exercise, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) – the accrediting agency for the American Dietetic Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Federation of Professional Trainers and the National Council on Strength and Fitness recognize these programs for continuing education credits for recertification. CEU’s will also be available for health and physical education teachers.

For more information or to register, call the Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach at 601.266.4186 or visit online at www.usm.efslibrary.net/10html