GCU students can now apply for emergency cash grants made possible by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act). The application and eligibility requirements are available at Virtual instruction and events remain ongoing. A live Commencement ceremony will be held on campus in the fall, most likely on an October weekend. Admissions events and select student activities have moved online, while all other public and campus events, activities, and athletics have been canceled for the semester. Always check GCU e-mails and for the most up-to-date information.

Fitness & Recreation

Enhance your skills, hobbies, interests or personal life. Classes are offered online and in person days, evenings, weekends and online!

Click on the course titles below to view schedule and information.

This 10-week course is ideal for individuals who are interested in managing body weight and improving body composition through exercise and nutrition with science-based methods.

Overweight and obesity have been a worldwide epidemic, and weight loss has become an American obsession and multi-billion-dollar industry. Poor nutrition and physical inactivity have been identified as the preventable cause of death second to tobacco use. On the other hand, excessive weight loss has also been a severe problem. Healthy body composition can be achieved effectively through physical activity and nutrition interventions. This course will examine the causes of obesity and the health risks associated with being overweight
or obese as well as improving body composition through proper exercise and nutrition. We will discuss current scientific theories about the best ways to maintain a healthy weight throughout one’s life.

Jan. 27–April 6 (10 Sessions)
M 6:30–8:30 pm (No class 3/2)

Tuition: $165
Instructor: Vincent Chen

In this course, you’ll learn about the most common Japanese calligraphy styles as you grow to appreciate the benefits of mindfulness in your daily life. Participants will enjoy a short, silent meditation before practicing the quiet art of mixing ink, handling a brush, and painting characters.

Ink, tools, and paper will be provided.

Jan. 29–Feb. 26 (5 Sessions)
W 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $125
Instructor: Sachiko Komagata, PT, PhD

This class is designed for those who are looking to stress less and experience the healing abilities of dance and somatic body awareness at a deeper level. The mind-body connection is imperative to overall health, and it will be explored through somatic approaches to dance and movement. No dance experience required.

Feb. 5–March 11 (6 Sessions)
W 9:30–10:30 am

Tuition: $95
Instructor: Krista Morton, SomaSonder Dance Project LLC

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) course provides the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. Updated to reflect 2015 science, BLS teaches the concepts of high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high- performing team dynamics.

BLS from AHA offers the advantages of content representing the latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes; realistic scenarios, simulations, and animations depicting rescuers, teams, and patients; and course and content flexibility for AHA instructors and students, including adaptability to local protocols.

Jan. 18 (1 Session)
Sat 9:00 am–1:30 pm

Tuition: $85
Instructor: LifeForce USA

May 14 (1 Session)
Th 6:00–10:30 pm

Tuition: $85
Instructor: LifeForce USA

The American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) CPR and AED course is designed specifically for individuals, and is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting. This extremely flexible program will help prepare individuals to respond to a cardiac arrest and choking. This program conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC.

Certification is valid for two years from course completion date.

March 23 (1 Session)
M 6:30–9:00 pm

Tuition: $75
Instructor: LifeForce USA

The Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program from the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) gives teenagers and young adults everything they need to know for safe and successful babysitting. From getting started with their business, to dealing with parents and children, to key safety, care giving, and first aid tips. This program is not intended to meet any regulatory requirements for child care providers.

There are no prerequisites for taking the CABS program, but additional training in CPR, AED, and first aid is highly recommended.

March 14 (1 Session)
Sat Time

Tuition: $99
Instructor: LifeForce USA

April 26 (1 Session)
Sun Time

Tuition: $99
Instructor: LifeForce USA

The American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) Basic First Aid helps students develop basic first aid knowledge and skills and the confidence to respond. The program is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting, and conforms to the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid. The course covers various sudden injuries, sudden illness, and environmental emergencies.

Certification is valid for two years from course completion date.

March 25 (1 Session)
W 6:30–9:00 pm

Tuition: $60
Instructor: LifeForce USA

Whether you are a health or medical professional, a registered dietitian, a fitness professional, or just someone who’s concerned about their own health, the Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports program will teach you about developing individualized nutritional programs. You’ll explore topics such as energy and nutrient needs for daily living, with emphasis on particular physical activities, common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance, and appropriate behavioral modifications and dietary approaches for different ages and populations.

The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc., who works with us to bring you this course, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status (Providership #672784). This course is approved for 80 Continuing Education Credits through ACSM.

Continuing Education Credits

The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has approved this program for 120 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs), or 40 CPEUs per each individual program taken separately for both registered dietitians and dietetic technician, registered.

The following national organizations and associations have approved the Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Online program for Continuing Education Credits/ Units (CECs/CEUs):

  • American Senior Fitness Association: 2.0 CEUs per program
  • Health and Fitness Professionals Association: 30 CECs per program
  • National Council on Strength and Fitness: 10 CEUs per program
  • National Federation of Professional Trainers: 1 CEC per program, equivalent to an entire six-month CEC requirement
  • National Strength Professional Association: 2 CEUs per program

ONLINE: Self-Paced (200 Hours)

Tuition: $1,995
For more information or to register, visit

How to Register

  • Online
  • Via Phone at 732-987-2255
  • In Person at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
  • Mail to: Center for Professional Studies,
    900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Registrations will close 48 hours prior to the course start date. No late registrations will be accepted.

Payment Options

The university accepts cash, checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks. Checks must be made out to Georgian Court University.

Cash: Cash is accepted in person only at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Checks: Checks should be made payable to Georgian Court University and include your name and student ID (if available). A $55 fee will apply for all returned checks.

Online: Payments by electronic check and debit/credit card are done online through Self- Service. All debit/credit card payments will be charged a convenience fee of 2.75%. There is no fee for an electronic check. We do not accept debit/credit card payments on site.

Employer Sponsorship: Employers may send us a purchase order or voucher stating their intent to pay for the student’s course along with a completed Employer Sponsorship form, which is available online at or in this book.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations: The Center for Professional Studies at GCU reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or combine program events that are below the minimum participant requirement. Should a cancellation occur, staff will contact the participant about the cancellation or about any alternative program event(s). You may elect to transfer your registration to a combined or alternate program. If you are unavailable to attend the alternate program or the program is cancelled, all tuition and fees will be refunded via check.

Refunds: Refund and withdrawal requests must be received 10 or more days before the beginning of a class to receive a 100% refund. With less notice, no refund will be provided. Please note that some courses do incur a nonrefundable registration fee as noted in the course details.

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closings

Please check, official Georgian Court social media channels, or local news sources to check for cancellations due to inclement weather. Cancelled classes are made up by adding on an additional session after the last scheduled class, based on instructor and classroom availability.

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