Henry Ford College

Fitness and Sports Center Management

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Business

Assists students in gaining the necessary knowledge and competencies to manage the specialized business functions of an athletic club, fitness center, health club or sports facility. Covers concepts in accounting, customer service, human resources, marketing, management and effective oral and written communication skills. Successful students learn nutrition, current and future trends in exercise, operation of a fitness facility, equipment purchase and maintenance and exercise prescriptions for clients from various demographic populations. Students may also earn a Fitness Leadership Certificate in addition to this degree by successfully completing two Anatomy and Physiology classes and performing an internship.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Interpret basic financial statements.
  • Apply management theory to effectively supervise the human resources of an organization.
  • Evaluate management decisions given an organization’s relationship to the external business environment.
  • Creatively solve common problems in managing an organization.
  • Demonstrate effective non-verbal and verbal communication skills for a business environment.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication for a business environment.
  • Employ computer applications to perform business activities.
  • Devise the appropriate exercise prescription for a variety of populations (e.g. obese, athlete, diabetic) following the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines.
  • Diagram the facility requirements for a wellness center as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Perform the appropriate response to the injury situations that are likely to happen in an exercise setting.
  • Demonstrate procedures for assessing skill and health-related components of physical fitness based on guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Outline the physiological changes that occur to the systems of the body as a result of exercise.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Business degrees require at least 15 credits total including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

2. Communication: Complete the following:

3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 15

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

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Business and Computer Technology Division • (313) 845-9804 • business@hfcc.edu • Technology Bldg • Room: E-211
Corinne Asher • (313) 845-9867 • casher@hfcc.edu • Liberal Arts Bldg • Room: K-325

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as: