Personal Wellness

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers periodic classes and programs that focus on health and healthy living for personal enrichment or professional skill enhancement.

Our classes and programs cover topics including meditation and mindfulness, memory skills, nutrition, first aid, and emergency first-responder skills.

Our Personal Wellness classes and programs seek to extend the values and resources of a liberal arts education into health and wellness categories, for both personal enrichment and professional growth.

The selections listed in the tabs below represent a portion of what we have to offer. Additional listings are available and include a wide range of classes.

  • Our Think Again catalog lists Personal Wellness classes available from SPCS (generally face-to-face) and from the Learning Resource Network (LERN, all online) for registration.
  • Our online partner portals list classes in a variety of areas offered through our online partners.

Registration

In the tabs below, classes and programs include a registration link. For specific information on how to register for online classes, review the information in the Online Partner Registration page. Procedures differ slightly by partner, but may all be completed online.

Programming Levels

In our Professional Education & Enrichment areas of study, we seek to provide a selection of coursework and programs that meet different enrichment and workforce levels of study. Each is described below:

  • Career-curious and enrichment: Designed to explore a career or expand an interest
  • Career-level: Designed to build skills or shift to a new career
  • Professional-level: Designed to deepen or widen knowledge and experience
  • Career-Curious & Enrichment Programs

    Meditation for Wellness

    Online. We offer meditation classes remotely during the pandemic, led by Richmond’s own Marc McGahee. These virtual classes are designed for those who may be new to meditation or those who would like to enhance their overall meditation skills. Participants learn to better manage stresses of everyday life and move beyond old patterns of thinking and behavior. Instructor-led (start dates vary) through SPCS.

    Nutrition for Good Health

    Online. The course looks at the relationship between nutrition and human development. Lessons emphasize nutrients, balanced diet, weight control, and the nutritional needs of an individual. Self-paced weekend course through SPCS.

  • Career-Level Programs
    AASDN Nutrition Specialist Certificate

    On-campus: Become a certified Nutrition Specialist through the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists. This course is designed to educate individuals in the science of nutrition and its role in health and weight management and to provide the necessary tools to build a solid foundation for sound nutrition practice. This certification is a great addition to the portfolio of any current or aspiring health and wellness professional. Instructor-led (start dates vary) through SPCS.

    Nutrition and Health Bundle

    Online: This bundle consistes of three accredited certificate programs: the Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health and the Certificate in Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion. Provided in partnership with ALLEGRA Learning Solutions. Instructor-led (start dates vary) through ed2go.

    Global Health and Healing Bundle

    Online: This bundles consists of three accredited certificate programs: the Certificate in Global Healing Systems; the Certificate in Healing Environments for Body, Mind, and Spirit; and the Certificate in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control. Provided in partnership with ALLEGRA Learning Solutions. Instructor-led (start dates vary) through ed2go.

    Personal Fitness Trainer Certification

    Online: In collaboration with the World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), a Personal Trainer certification program designed to help you start a successful career as a trainer. Program covers key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. Instructor-led (start dates vary) through SPCS.

Certificate Programs In partnership with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), we offer several fitness certification programs, including Personal Fitness Trainer, Goup Fitness Trainer, Lifestyle Wellness & Senior Fitness Specialist. Fitness Certifications