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Inclusive Fitness Minor

The 12-credit Inclusive Fitness Minor is designed for students who are seeking to become a fitness professional involved in developing exercise programs for people with physical, cognitive or sensory disability.

Students will learn how to screen clients, conduct exercise tests and demonstrate safe & effective adapted methods of exercise. Students will apply knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies specific to fitness facilities and reasonable accommodations. Students will learn how to use positive behavioral and motivational techniques with appropriate instruction to help people with disabilities live active and healthy lifestyles.

The completion of the minor prepares students to sit for the Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) exam offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD). To be eligible to take the ACSM/NCHPAD examination, the following requirements must be met:

  • Current NCCA-accredited health/fitness related certification
    (e.g., NASM, ACSM, NSCA, ACE, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Therapy, Adapted Physical Education
    or related field
  • Current Adult CPR/AED certification

Students will be eligible for employment in community centers, fitness centers, health clubs, clinics as well as working with private clientele.

Course # Course Name Credits
SPS 104 Exercise Prescription II 3
SPS 149 Exercise & the Older Adult 3
SPS 193 Exercise Training for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease 3
SPS 502 Inclusive Fitness Certification 3

Students must have completed all prerequisites prior to registering for the required courses. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all minor courses. In addition, students must have current CPR/AED certification prior to sitting for the exam.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with an Advisor, please contact the Division of ATHES at 718-488-1026