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ACE Advanced Health + Fitness Specialist University Curriculum Course

Spokane Falls Community College

3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr.
Spokane, WA USA 99224

Ph: (509) 344-6923

Spokane Falls Community College

Course Description

The Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (AHFS) Exam Review Course is a college course designed to help students prepare for the ACE AHFS Certification Exam. Based on the ACE AHFS Manual, this course will help students master the necessary information and theories of exercise programming for working with special population groups. The following objectives will be covered:


  • Learn the role of the ACE-AHFS within allied healthcare, including scope of practice and standards of care.
  • Gain knowledge of psychological issues related to working with client with health challenges.
  • Learn different behavior-change models and techniques to improve exercise adherence and motivation.
  • Understand federal dietary recommendations, strategies for optimal nutrient and fluid intake, and warning signs for several eating and exercise disorders.
  • Learn appropriate health and fitness assessments applicable to various special population groups.

Program Design, Implementation, and Management

  • Gain a basic understanding of the principle diagnostic tests and treatment procedures for CAD, as well as essential exercise recommendations for training the stable CAD client.
  • Learn the diagnostic testing and criteria for asthma, the management of asthma exacerbation, and important exercise programming guidelines for clients with asthma.
  • Learn the definitions of overweight and obesity as well as the diagnostic testing, treatment options, hormonal milieu, exercise programming, and biomechanical considerations for both conditions.
  • Gain knowledge of the diagnostic criteria, clinical implications, role of exercise in the treatment and prevention of, and exercise programming and progression guidelines for the metabolic syndrome.
  • Learn important concepts related to diabetes management, such as glucose regulation, guidelines for exercise programming and progression, and the risks of exercise in clients with type 1 diabetes and with type 2 diabetes who require insulin.
  • Gain knowledge of techniques used in postural assessments and movement screens to help in the development of restorative exercise programs for clients with postural and mobility problems.
  • Learn the epidemiology of bone disorders (i.e., arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteopenia) and their treatment options, including pharmacological treatments and the role of exercise in the treatment and prevention of these conditions.
  • Gain an understanding of the principles of post-orthopedic rehabilitation, including rehabilitation protocols, concepts of healing, and the systematic progression of exercise programming.
  • Learn the principles of restorative exercise related to musculoskeletal injuries of the upper and lower extremities.
  • Understand the factors contributing to low-back pain as well as the diagnostic testing, treatment, and role of exercise in managing this condition.
  • Comprehend the unique biomechanical, nutritional, and psychological concerns related to exercise programming guidelines for older adults, youth, and pre- and postnatal women.

Professional Responsibility

  • Understand strategies for promoting business relationships, including medical referrals, self-promotion, and communication with clients as well as healthcare professionals.
  • Learn the importance of adhering to applicable law, regulations, industry guidelines, and sound business practices to protect the interests of clients and minimize risk.
  • Understand the importance of enhancing competence through ongoing education in current research and exercise modalities to optimize professional services when working with special population groups.