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Certificate of Achievement
Kinesiology - Community Health Worker

The Community Health Worker Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students for employment as a health professional in the medical, education, and health and wellness career field. It is possible to complete this certificate in one calendar year. The curriculum has been designed to equip the student with the background, both theoretical and practical to pursue a job promoting community health and education. Courses in nutrition, special populations, psychology/sociology, first aid, and lifelong physical activity will prepare the student for responsibilities in the field of health. The program will also expose students to other areas such as health education, healthcare services, gerontology, wellness promotion, pre-allied health, nutritional science, counseling/social advocacy services, public health, and medical fields.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
KIN 122 - Nutrition for Sport and FitnessM3.0
KIN 122 - Nutrition for Sport and Fitness (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC,CSU

This course provides an overview of the role of nutrition to increase energy and enhance performance. Nutrients such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water will be introduced. The digestive system and metabolic systems will be discussed. Sport and exercise nutrient needs before, during, and after exercise are evaluated for their effect on optimal health and performance. Carbohydrate loading, popular diets, and supplementation are discussed. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry; certificates in Fitness Specialist, Coaching of Sport, Sport and Performance Coach, and Community Health Worker; and/or the A.A. in Dance and the A.S in Sports Medicine, as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of nutrition on the mind and body.

Select one: KIN 191 / KIN 192 / KIN 196 M3.0
KIN 191 - Health: Personal Issues (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 8 units credit for PE Theory courses. Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: KIN 191, KIN 192, or KIN 196)

This course is designed for all students who are physically active and interested in learning how to improve and maintain their personal health. Topics covered include general health principles, nutrition and diet, physical fitness, stress management, sexuality and reproduction, drug/alcohol use and abuse, consumer and safety issues and the process of death. Students learn how to develop sound health principles through readings, lectures, assignments/labs, and guest speakers.

KIN 192 - Health: Women's Personal Health (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 8 units credit for PE Theory courses. Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: KIN 191, KIN 192, or KIN 196))

This course is designed for students interested in expanding their knowledge about health problems and social issues that affect women uniquely. Physiological and psychological aspects of nutrition, hygiene, sexuality and reproduction, drugs and chemicals, and common diseases are among the many topics covered. Guest speakers, videos, current events, and web-based as well as text readings help students develop sound health principles for use in everyday life.

KIN 196 - Health Fitness and Wellness (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, (*credit limit), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 8 units credit for PE Theory courses. Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: KIN 191, KIN 192, or KIN 196)

This course is designed for all students who are interested in learning the value of lifelong, healthy lifestyles. Students will be given the tools to assist them in making positive life-style changes based on a personal health/fitness profile. Topics covered include: basic anatomy and physiology, nutrition, weight control, tobacco and alcohol, muscle fitness, flexibility, stress reduction, cardiovascular functioning, health topics, disease entities, and preventive health care measures.

Select one: KINA 120 / KINA 130 / KINA 132 / KINA 136 / KINA 139 / KINA 140 / KINA 158 M1.0
KINA 120 - Swim for Fitness (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement; KINA 117
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This is a swimming/fitness course designed to provide the individual who has beginning swimming skills an opportunity to master the fundamentals of physical fitness as they relate to swimming as an aerobic activity. Emphasis will be placed on aerobic training with some training at the anaerobic threshold and anaerobic levels. This class is suitable for all students interested in swimming as a fitness activity.

KINA 130 - Fitness and Wellness Laboratory (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is a self-paced physical fitness laboratory designed to develop and encourage positive health and wellness attitudes and habits. Topics include cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, body composition, muscular strength, and endurance. Students are assessed in each of these areas, and an individual fitness profile is established. Fitness activities primarily utilize exercises organized into an aerobic super circuit with additional activities prescribed to increase strength and flexibility.

KINA 132 - Aqua Aerobics (1.0 units)

Advisory:READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfer to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is designed to utilize the resistance properties of water to improve muscle tone, flexibility, and cardiovascular health and endurance using various exercise movements. Because water buoyancy will help support joints and muscles, students of all levels of fitness and abilities will be able to participate in the activity. Students will have the opportunity to improve overall body strength and conditioning through a sequence of exercises done in the water. Students who are overweight, pregnant, elderly, diabetic, or recovering from injuries—or who have been inactive—will find this class appropriate, therapeutic, and beneficial to their health.

KINA 136 - Pilates Mat I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course introduces students to the basic Pilates floor exercises, which are designed to increase strength in the abdominal and spinal musculature. Students will engage in activities and exercises designed to increase awareness of body alignment, increase strength in the torso, spine and limbs, increase endurance, learn breathing techniques to utilize in strength training exercises, increase coordination, improve balance, and will learn about the muscle groups and their actions being utilized during traditional Pilates mat work. This course is suitable for students interested in conditioning, dance, Hatha Yoga, athletics, and individuals seeking to increase strength to better support the spine in everyday activities.

KINA 139 - Cross Training for Fitness (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This cross-training course is designed for the beginning through advanced student who wishes to increase their cardiovascular fitness level through a variety of aerobic and anaerobic activities. It is designed to present the following skills to the student: running, cycling, swimming, interval training and introduction to weight training. Additionally, the student will learn basic definitions and terminology of the current fitness arena, assisting them with fitness as a life-long process using a variety of cardiovascular mediums.

KINA 140 - Walking for Fitness (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is designed to meet the needs of daily physical exercise for life long fitness and health. Walking is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise to improve health, and develop and maintain physical fitness. The course provides cardiovascular conditioning through the activity of walking. Instruction in proper diet, heart rate monitoring, skill proficiency and fitness program planning will be provided to each student. This class is designed for students who are interested in starting an exercise program, or developing an active lifestyle.

KINA 158 - Yoga I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfer to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is designed for the beginning student who would like to learn the fundamental physical Asanas (poses) of Hatha Yoga as well as Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Dhyana (meditation techniques). The goal of the course is to integrate the mind, body, and spirit and to give the student tools to better manage stress, alleviate physical tensions, and encourage optimum fitness. In this introductory course, students learn proper physical alignment in the standing poses (Sun Salutation Series A-C, Warrior 1-2, Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Cobra, Triangle, Crescent), the floor poses (Staff, Lotus, Cobbler, Twists, Backbends), and in elementary inversions (Inverted Leg Rest, Headstand Preparation, WallDog Preparation).

Select one: KINA 120 / KINA 130 / KINA 132 / KINA 136 / KINA 139 / KINA 140 / KINA 158 M1.0
KINA 120 - Swim for Fitness (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement; KINA 117
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This is a swimming/fitness course designed to provide the individual who has beginning swimming skills an opportunity to master the fundamentals of physical fitness as they relate to swimming as an aerobic activity. Emphasis will be placed on aerobic training with some training at the anaerobic threshold and anaerobic levels. This class is suitable for all students interested in swimming as a fitness activity.

KINA 130 - Fitness and Wellness Laboratory (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is a self-paced physical fitness laboratory designed to develop and encourage positive health and wellness attitudes and habits. Topics include cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, body composition, muscular strength, and endurance. Students are assessed in each of these areas, and an individual fitness profile is established. Fitness activities primarily utilize exercises organized into an aerobic super circuit with additional activities prescribed to increase strength and flexibility.

KINA 132 - Aqua Aerobics (1.0 units)

Advisory:READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfer to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is designed to utilize the resistance properties of water to improve muscle tone, flexibility, and cardiovascular health and endurance using various exercise movements. Because water buoyancy will help support joints and muscles, students of all levels of fitness and abilities will be able to participate in the activity. Students will have the opportunity to improve overall body strength and conditioning through a sequence of exercises done in the water. Students who are overweight, pregnant, elderly, diabetic, or recovering from injuries—or who have been inactive—will find this class appropriate, therapeutic, and beneficial to their health.

KINA 136 - Pilates Mat I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course introduces students to the basic Pilates floor exercises, which are designed to increase strength in the abdominal and spinal musculature. Students will engage in activities and exercises designed to increase awareness of body alignment, increase strength in the torso, spine and limbs, increase endurance, learn breathing techniques to utilize in strength training exercises, increase coordination, improve balance, and will learn about the muscle groups and their actions being utilized during traditional Pilates mat work. This course is suitable for students interested in conditioning, dance, Hatha Yoga, athletics, and individuals seeking to increase strength to better support the spine in everyday activities.

KINA 139 - Cross Training for Fitness (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This cross-training course is designed for the beginning through advanced student who wishes to increase their cardiovascular fitness level through a variety of aerobic and anaerobic activities. It is designed to present the following skills to the student: running, cycling, swimming, interval training and introduction to weight training. Additionally, the student will learn basic definitions and terminology of the current fitness arena, assisting them with fitness as a life-long process using a variety of cardiovascular mediums.

KINA 140 - Walking for Fitness (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is designed to meet the needs of daily physical exercise for life long fitness and health. Walking is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise to improve health, and develop and maintain physical fitness. The course provides cardiovascular conditioning through the activity of walking. Instruction in proper diet, heart rate monitoring, skill proficiency and fitness program planning will be provided to each student. This class is designed for students who are interested in starting an exercise program, or developing an active lifestyle.

KINA 158 - Yoga I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfer to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is designed for the beginning student who would like to learn the fundamental physical Asanas (poses) of Hatha Yoga as well as Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Dhyana (meditation techniques). The goal of the course is to integrate the mind, body, and spirit and to give the student tools to better manage stress, alleviate physical tensions, and encourage optimum fitness. In this introductory course, students learn proper physical alignment in the standing poses (Sun Salutation Series A-C, Warrior 1-2, Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Cobra, Triangle, Crescent), the floor poses (Staff, Lotus, Cobbler, Twists, Backbends), and in elementary inversions (Inverted Leg Rest, Headstand Preparation, WallDog Preparation).

Total Semester Units:8.0 
2nd Semester
KIN 193 - Standard First Aid and CPRM3.0
KIN 193 - Standard First Aid and CPR (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU(*The UC will grant a maximum of 8 units credit for PE Theory courses.

This course is designed for students pursuing a career working with the public and for those who want to further their understanding of handling emergency situations. The student will learn how to give immediate care to the suddenly injured or ill person. In addition, students will learn techniques for control of bleeding, splinting, transporting victims, emergency procedures, one person C.P.R. and the use of an AED. Students will have the opportunity to apply these technical procedures in class. This course fulfills the requirements for American Red Cross certifications in both Standard First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) and Automatic Defibrillation (AED).

KIN 197 - Prevention and Treatment of Athletic InjuriesM3.0
KIN 197 - Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries (3.0 units)

Prerequisite/Corequisite:KIN 290
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC (*credit limit), CSU (*The UC will grant a maximum of 8 units credit for PE Theory courses)

This course introduces the most salient concepts of athletic training, including the instruction for prevention, recognition, management and treatment of common injuries in a physically active population. The skills of basic strapping, bracing, padding and taping for the prevention and management of injuries will be presented and practiced. This class is recommended for those interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer, physical therapist or occupational therapist.

Select one: PSY 180 / SOC 102 M3.0
PSY 180 - Positive Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course focuses on the research, theories, and ideas surrounding, promoting, and maintaining well-being, good health, and happiness. Students explore topics in the field of positive psychology including but not limited to wellness, optimism, flow, happiness, and positive thinking. The course is beneficial for students majoring in psychology, or looking to transfer as a psychology major.

SOC 102 - Major Social Problems (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the definition, development, reduction and elimination of major social problems in contemporary society. Topics addressed include problems of mental and physical health including addictions, crime and violence, social inequality, terrorism and war, as well as technology and the environment. Various social theories and relevant empirical research are critically examined throughout the course.

CWEG 290 - Cooperative Work Experience Education - GeneralM1.0
CWEG 290 - Cooperative Work Experience Education - General (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in an actual work environment under the supervision of a college instructor and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a professional environment and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment.

Student Paid Internship
1 unit/75 hours;
2 units/150 hours;
3 units/225 hours

KIN 146 - Training Principles for Special PopulationsM2.0
KIN 146 - Training Principles for Special Populations (2.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the exercise implications for special populations related to age, medical condition, and level of fitness. Emphasis is placed on cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, exercise-induced asthma, metabolic disorders, diabetes, obesity, orthopedic injuries, physical disabilities, auto-immune issues, sensory impairments, mental challenges, geriatrics/seniors, children, pregnant and post-partum women, and the issues and challenges of exercise. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry; a certificate in Fitness Specialist, Yoga Teacher Training, and Community Health Worker Program; as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of exercise on the mind and body.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Kinesiology - Community Health Worker COA program 20.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

In a health education lecture, articulate the application of health and wellness principles to health conditions and special populations.


2

Value individual differences in needs and goals in developing health and wellness plans.


3

As a role model for health, be able to develop a personal vision and philosophy towards lifelong wellness.


4

For professional development, Seek opportunities for lifelong learning, enhancement of the six dimensions of wellness.


5

Using technology for video creating, demonstrate knowledge by educating community members in principles of health and wellness.


6

In an emergency, understand basic procedures and situational awareness.


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