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Women's Exercise Training & Wellness

Certificate Program

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The Online Professional Certificate in Women’s Exercise Training and Wellness is an interactive Web-based Certificate program designed to ensure the development of safe and effective exercise programs for women by personal trainers, allied health/medical and fitness professionals, and the general public.  The program prepares graduating students for a career working with women of all ages at medically-based fitness facilities, YMCA/JCC’s, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, health promotion sites, corporate sites, and private and commercial health clubs.  Students will learn how to apply their client’s health history, goals, and abilities integrating exercise science curriculum and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through various phases of a woman’s life.  In addition, female health and exercise enthusiasts of all ages seeking to stay current with information to design personalized exercise programs specific to a women’s needs and concerns would benefit from this program as well.  The program is offered in partnership with the Women’s Health Foundation, Healthy Moms® Fitness, and the National Posture Institute (NPI), allowing graduating certificate students a preferred discount on the Women’s Health Foundation Total Control™, Healthy Moms® Perinatal Fitness Instructor, and NPI’s Certified Posture Specialist Certification Exams and study materials.

Who Should Attend

The Certificate Program is for (1) current allied health/medical and fitness professionals and personal trainers interested in developing safe and effective exercise programs for women, (2) current fitness managers and directors wishing to manage and market new programs to women, (3) education directors of multi-site facilities or chains training fitness professionals to work with women, (4) companies that require the certificate program as a professional development program for employees to achieve key business goals, career objectives, and skills to advance beyond entry-level positions and (5) individual female exercise enthusiasts interested in seeking to stay current in exercise program design, health, and wellness would benefit from this program as well. 

Program Requirements

To earn the certificate you are required to complete all four core courses.  The four core courses are offered in an OPEN ENROLLMENT FORMAT, meaning you can register AT ANY TIME, and once logged in, you are provided 8 full weeks of unlimited access for each individual course you registered for with no penalty for finishing early.  Typically the program can be completed in as little as 10 weeks, but you must complete the requirements within two-years.

Workplace Advantages and Benefits

  • On-going guidance, instruction, and interaction from instructors that hold either a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in public health, health promotion, biomechanics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy, athletic training, nutrition or an exercise science-related degree.  Our instructors will support their students and become valuable resources and mentors well after they graduate.
  • A professional certificate from an accredited institution.
  • College courses provide CECs or CEUs for personal trainers and allied health/medical professionals seeking re-certification, re-licensure, or career advancement.
  • Networking opportunities with industry experts.

Award of the Certificate:

  • Complete all certificate courses within three months or have up to two-years if necessary
  • Complete and receive a passing grade of (C- or above) in all courses:  which includes quizzes, exams, written/research projects, and class assignments

Why Online Learning?

  • Learning occurs in a user-friendly environment and is accessible to participants with little or no computer experience.
  • Online courses give you the knowledge and tools you need to stay ahead in today’s rapidly changing professional marketplace.
  • Online education allows students to access their courses from anywhere there is an Internet connection even if you are traveling for business or on vacation.
  • Flexibility: Students can attend class in the comfort and convenience of their own home, office, library, or internet café and complete assignments after breakfast, during lunch, late at night, while on vacation, or any time that is convenient for the student.  
  • Cost-effective: expenses related to facilities, travel, and non-productive time is reduced.

Continuing Education Credits

For a complete list of the organizations and associations that have approved this program for continuing education, CLICK HERE


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For program information contact:
Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT
Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, is the Program Coordinator and an instructor for the Professional Certificate in Women’s Personal Exercise Training and Wellness.  She has a diverse fitness background with over ten years of industry experience in campus recreation, corporate wellness, and the commercial health club setting.  She has presented on a wide range of health and fitness topics for the community, at major corporations, and at national and international conferences.  She also advocates bringing the fitness and medical community together through wellness and preventative programming.  Jasmine specializes in Women’s Health and Wellness focusing on pre and postnatal fitness and is a Master Trainer for Healthy Moms® Fitness and Resist-a-ball®.  If you have questions about the certificate program and courses, you may contact the Program Coordinator at

Certificate Course Descriptions

Course 1: Female Anatomy and Physiology...... $249
Instructor: Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT
This course is designed for students to gain an understanding of the musculoskeletal and functional anatomy of the female pelvis, including the reproductive system, the hormonal/endocrine system and key muscles of the Pelvic Pyramid™.  Emphasis is placed on joint range of motion (ROM), bone density, hip stability, mobility and the pelvic floor muscles (PFM). 

Course 2: Designing Women’s Exercise Programs...... $249
Instructor: Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT
This course teaches students how to establish exercise programs/prescriptions, exercise-related goals and objectives, appropriate training modifications, and program evaluation strategies.  Additional topics include specifically designing exercise programs based on ACSM guidelines implementing resistance/weight training techniques, flexibility/stretching training, and cardiovascular/aerobic/weight loss plans incorporating the use of walking, running, and commercial cardiovascular machine (treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary/recumbent bikes, etc.) programs. 


Course 3: Women’s Health and Wellness for Special Populations...... $249
Instructor:  Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT
This course teaches students a more in depth look at different health considerations women face at different stages of their lives and how to appropriately adapt exercise and wellness programs to meet their needs.  Topics of interest include the “Female Athlete Triad”, pre and postpartum fitness, women with pelvic floor dysfunctions, osteoporosis, menopause, autoimmune disorders, and breast, ovary, and uterine cancers.  Students will gain an understanding of how to design exercise programs for these special populations.


Course 4: Medically-Based Fitness Management and Administration...... $249
Instructor: Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT
This course provides the health/medical and fitness professionals a solid background in understanding key terminology in medicine, health promotion, and fitness.  Topics include understanding the roles of medical and fitness professionals, developing a medically-based fitness model, key terms in healthcare administration, interacting with medical professionals, and privacy issues and authorization forms for health and fitness professionals.

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