Hospitality: Spa and Wellness Center Management

Spa and Wellness Center Management - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Hospitality: Spa and Wellness Center Management is designed to prepare graduates for management careers in the spa and wellness industry. The curriculum provides an overview of healthful living, such as meditation, wellness, and massage therapy. Graduates attain skills in guest services, accounting, information systems, marketing, human resources, and hospitality law. The curriculum also fulfills the general education requirements for an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Hospitality: Spa and Wellness Center Management is fully embedded within this AAS.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

At Scottsdale...

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

How long will it take?

It takes a minimum of 2 years as a full-time student including summer school. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).


The estimated cost of the program is $5,185 (61 credit hours) to $5,610 (66 credit hours) ($85 per credit hour) for Maricopa County residents. *(see below for details) Individual course fees vary depending on the course from $5 and up.

Please click here for a list of out-of-county and other fees.


Some classes use low or no-cost textbooks. General Education courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Program Curriculum

First Semester Courses

  • ENG101 First-Year Composition 3 credits
  • MAT112 or higher Mathematical Concepts 3-5 credits
  • HRM110 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management 3 credits
  • HES100 Healthful Living 3 credits
  • COM100 or COM110 or COM230 Oral Communication 3 credits

Second Semester Courses

  • ENG102 First-Year Composition 3 credits
  • CRE101 College Critical Reading & Critical Thinking OR “exempt” on placement test 0-3 credits
  • ACC211  Financial Accounting OR
    • HRM265 Financial Management for Hospitality and Tourism 3 credits
  • HRM130 Guest Services Management 3 credits
  • HRM150 Hospitality/Tourism Information Systems I 3 credits

Third Semester Courses

  • ECN211, ECN212, PSY101, or
    • REC120 Social-Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
  • HES154 First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 3 credits
  • HRM220 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 3 credits
  • Natural Science 4 credits
    • Any approved G.E. Natural Science course
  • WED162 Meditation and Wellness 1 credit
  • HRM280 Hospitality and Tourism Law credits 3 credits

Fourth Semester Courses

  • Humanities, Arts and Design 3 credits
    • Any approved G.E. Humanities, Arts and Design course
  • HRM270 Hospitality Marketing 3 credits
  • WED165 Overview of Massage Therapy 2 credits
  • HRM260 Hospitality Human Resource Management 3 credits
  • Restricted Electives 6 credits
    • See Checksheet for Restricted Elective courses.

Some courses are offered only one semester per year.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC211Financial Accounting (3) OR
HRM265Financial Management for Hospitality and Tourism (3)3
HES100Healthful Living3
HES154First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation3
HRM110Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management3
HRM130Guest Services Management3
HRM150Hospitality and Tourism Information Systems I3
HRM220Hospitality Managerial Accounting3
HRM260Hospitality Human Resource Management3
HRM270Hospitality Marketing3
HRM280Hospitality and Tourism Law3
WED162Meditation and Wellness1
WED165Overview of Massage Therapy2
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
EXS112Professional Applications of Fitness Principles3
EXS130Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques3
HRM145Events Management3
HRM235Club Management3
HRM250Hospitality and Tourism Information Systems II3
HRM295AAHospitality Internship (1) OR
HRM295ABHospitality Internship (2) OR
HRM295ACHospitality Internship (3)1-3
PED101TCTai Chi (1) OR
PED102TCTai Chi - Intermediate (1) OR
PED103TCTai Chi (0.50) OR
PED201TCTai Chi - Advanced (1)1
PED101YOYoga (1) OR
PED102YOYoga - Intermediate (1) OR
PED103YOYoga (0.50) OR
PED201YOYoga - Advanced (1)1
WED151Introduction to Alternative Medicine3
WED172Overview of Herbal Remedies1
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics [MA] area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area.
  • Promote the basic components of health and wellness, including stress management, nutrition, fitness and environmental health, in a spa and wellness center setting. (EXS112, EXS130, HES100, HRM270, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC, PED101TC, PED102TC, PED103TC, PED201TC, PED101YO, PED102YO, PED103YO, PED201YO, WED151, WED162, WED165, WED172, WED218, PSY101, REC120, (COM))
  • Utilize safety procedures and equipment within a spa and wellness center setting. (HES154)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and current trends that comprise the hospitality industry. (HRM110, HRM130, HRM145, HRM150, HRM235, HRM250, HRM260, HRM270, HRM290, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC, ECN211, ECN212, REC120)
  • Create favorable guest experiences by using professional service management techniques in a hospitality environment. (HRM110, HRM130, HRM145, HRM150, HRM235, HRM250, HRM270, HRM280, HRM290, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC, PSY101, REC120, (COM))
  • Demonstrate the essential functions of hospitality industry management, including human resources, guest services, marketing, as well as hospitality and tourism law. (HRM130, HRM260, HRM270, HRM280, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC)
  • Employ industry specific and current business technologies to inform and enhance individual and organizational performance. (ACC211, HRM265, HRM150, HRM220, HRM250, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC)
  • Integrate professional, ethical, and legal standards into hospitality business practice. (ACC211, HRM110, HRM130, HRM150, HRM145, HRM220, HRM235, HRM260, HRM265, HRM270, HRM280, HRM290, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC, REC120, WED162, WED165, (COM), [HU])
  • Communicate in an effective manner, consistent with the professional standards of the hospitality industry. (HRM110, HRM260, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Critically analyze a wide range of problems in the hospitality industry to generate applicable solutions. (ACC211, HRM150, HRM220, HRM235, HRM250, HRM260, HRM270, HRM280, HRM290, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC, ECN211, ECN212, PSY101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Apply the principles and practices of financial and managerial accounting to analyze hospitality management financial statements. (ACC211, HRM220, HRM265, HRM295AA, HRM295AB, HRM295AC, [MA])

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.