The Wellness industry is growing rapidly worldwide and Fitness Instructors are integral for the proper functioning of any wellness programme. In Jamaica, there are many gymnasiums and fitness programmes for health conscious individuals, however, there are no formal training programmes to provide personnel to work at these gymnasiums. The Ministry of Health is presently embarking on Wellness at the community level. The Fitness Instructors will be the driving force for these community programmes.

Fitness Instructors or trained personnel who work in these areas must have the knowledge and skills to demonstrate exercises and to plan and implement programmes for individuals and sports participants at all levels.

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Develop and implement a fitness plan for the low-risk population of all ages.
  2. Review exercise programmes for any member of the low-risk population.
  3. Develop and implement basic fitness programmes for individuals or groups.
  4. Plan and instruct group exercise classes.
  5. Plan and implement sporting activities to enhance the fitness level of the low-risk population.
  6. Identify clients with health risks and administer first-hand treatment.
  7. Develop exercises for clients with chronic conditions in health clinics under the guidance of the medical practitioner.

Entry Requirements
4 CXCs inclusive of English Language and one of the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • A Biological Science subject

Mature Entry

  • Persons with training approved by the relevant professional body or with 2 years working experience in a related field. 

Duration & Certification:  This is a two-year programme however, participants may choose to pursue one year for which a Certificate will be awarded.

 

Programme Map

Course Name Year Semester
Anatomy & Physiology Year 1 Semester 1
Client Services and Documentation Year 1 Semester 1
Foundations of English Grammar Year 1 Semester 1
Introduction to Information Communication Technologies Year 1 Semester 1
Mathematics Year 1 Semester 1
Swedish Massage Year 1 Semester 1
Aerobics Year 1 Semester 2
Communication Skills 1 Year 1 Semester 2
Exercise Therapy Year 1 Semester 2
Fitness Methods 1 Year 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Fitness Equipment Year 1 Semester 2
Manual and Pain Therapies Year 1 Semester 2
MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CONDITIONS Year 1 Semester 2
Psychology Year 1 Semester 2
Sports Massage 1 Practical Year 1 Semester 2
Sports Massage 1 Theory Year 1 Semester 2
Hydro Fitness Year 1 Semester 3
Kinesiology Year 1 Semester 3
Occupational Health and Safety Standards Year 1 Semester 3
Public Speaking Year 1 Semester 3
Sports Medicine Year 1 Semester 3
ADVANCED FITNESS METHODS Year 2 Semester 1
BASIC SPORTS TAPING Year 2 Semester 1
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH Year 2 Semester 1
Sports Massage Level 2 (Practical) Year 2 Semester 1
Sports Massage Level 2 (Theory) Year 2 Semester 1
SPORTS NUTRITION Year 2 Semester 1
Sports Psychology Year 2 Semester 1
Entrepreneurial Strategies Year 2 Semester 2
Exercise for the Elderly Year 2 Semester 2
Research Methods Year 2 Semester 2
Sports Massage Level 3 (Practical) Year 2 Semester 2
Sports Massage Level 3 (Practicum) Year 2 Semester 2
Sports Massage Level 3 (Theory) Year 2 Semester 2
Adapted Fitness Methods Year 2 Semester 3
First Aid Year 2 Semester 3
Wellness Marketing and Planning Year 2 Semester 3

Fees Paid in Full:

   2018-2019 Academic Year Amount: $210,000.00

   2019-2020 academic Year Amount: $215,250.00

NB: All fees are subject to change.