Curriculum & Outcomes

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

96 credits

The Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer AAS degree prepares students for entrepreneurial pursuit or employment as fitness instructors or personal trainers in entry-level to mid-management positions in health and fitness clubs, athletic clubs, strength training gyms, retirement centers, corporate fitness centers, and nonprofit and recreation organizations.

The curriculum is designed to help students prepare for the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer certification exams. One hundred fifty-four hours of industry-based internship or cooperative work experience is required for program completion.

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer AAS degree graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level to mid-management position in their field
  • Demonstrate ability to instruct a variety of clientele on proper exercise form and technique
  • Demonstrate proficiency at basic fitness assessment and program design
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate appropriately with and develop programming for special populations
  • Assess and program for advanced athletes
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab 5
FTNS 112 Principles of Sport & Exercise 3
FTNS 118 Health Promotions & Wellness 5
FTNS 121 Kinesiology 5
FTNS 124 Functional Assessment & Corrective Exercise 4
FTNS 137 Professional Skills in Fitness 5
FTNS 152 Exercise Physiology 5
FTNS 153 Clinical Fitness Assessment 4
FTNS 154 Exercise for Special Populations 5
FTNS 191 Fitness Internship I 3
FTNS 210 Fitness Internship II 3
FTNS 215 Business & Risk Management 5
FTNS 218 Human Performance I Cardio & Respiratory Systems 4
FTNS 219 Human Performance II Strength Training 4
FTNS 220 Human Performance III Adv Training Strategies 4
FTNS 230 Fitness Externship 2
NUTR& 101 Nutrition 5

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits

Written Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Humanities 5
Social Science 5

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Technical Electives - 5 credits

(See faculty adviser/instructor for pre-approval)

FTNS 120 Responding to Emergencies 3
FTNS 126 Sport & Exercise Psychology 3
FTNS 128 Intro to Athletic Training 3
FTNS 142 Certification Review 2
FTNS 144 Nutrition for Sports Performance 3
FTNS 170 Group Exercise Instructor 4
FTNS 199 Special Projects 1-5
FTNS 299 Special Projects 1-5
Total Program Credits96
 

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer 

Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree

103 credits

The Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer AAS-T degree program prepares students for entrepreneurial pursuit or employment as fitness instructors or personal trainers in entry-level to mid-management positions in health and fitness clubs, athletic clubs, strength training gyms, retirement centers, corporate fitness centers, and nonprofit and recreation organizations. In addition, it prepares students interested in pursuing a degree at the baccalaureate level.

The curriculum is designed to help students prepare for the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer certification exams. One hundred fifty-four hours of industry-based internship or cooperative work experience is required for program completion.

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer AAS-T degree graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • Demonstrate proficiency at fitness assessment and program design
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 6
BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 6
FTNS 112 Principles of Sport & Exercise 3
FTNS 118 Health Promotions & Wellness 5
FTNS 121 Kinesiology 5
FTNS 124 Functional Assessment & Corrective Exercise 4
FTNS 137 Professional Skills in Fitness 5
FTNS 152 Exercise Physiology 5
FTNS 153 Clinical Fitness Assessment 4
FTNS 154 Exercise for Special Populations 5
FTNS 191 Fitness Internship I 3
FTNS 210 Fitness Internship II 3
FTNS 215 Business & Risk Management 5
FTNS 218 Human Performance I Cardio & Respiratory Systems 4
FTNS 219 Human Performance II Strength Training 4
FTNS 220 Human Performance III Adv Training Strategies 4
FTNS 230 Fitness Externship 2
NUTR& 101 Nutrition 5

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits

Quantitative Reasoning 5
Humanities 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Technical Electives - 5 credits

(See faculty adviser/instructor for pre-approval)

FTNS 120 Responding to Emergencies 3
FTNS 126 Sport & Exercise Psychology 3
FTNS 128 Intro to Athletic Training 3
FTNS 142 Certification Review 2
FTNS 144 Nutrition for Sports Performance 3
FTNS 170 Group Exercise Instructor 4
FTNS 199 Special Projects 1-5
FTNS 299 Special Projects 1-5
Total Program Credits103

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer

Certificate of Proficiency

56 Credits

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer certificate prepares students for employment as fitness instructors or personal trainers in entry-level positions in health and fitness clubs, athletic clubs, strength training gyms, retirement communities, and nonprofit and recreation organizations.

The curriculum is designed to help students prepare for the basic certified personal trainer certifications offered through the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Eighty-eight hours of industry-based internship or cooperative work experience is required for program completion.

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer certificate graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • Demonstrate ability to instruct clientele on basic, proper exercise form and technique
  • Demonstrate proficiency at basic fitness assessment and program design
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab 5
FTNS 112 Principles of Sport &Exercise 3
FTNS 121 Kinesiology 5
FTNS 137 Professional Skills in Fitness 5
FTNS 152 Exercise Physiology 5
FTNS 153 Clinical Fitness Assessment 4
FTNS 191 Fitness Internship I 3
FTNS 210 Fitness Internship II 3
FTNS 218 Human Performance I Cardio & Respiratory Systems 4
FTNS 219 Human Performance II Strength Training 4

Academic Core Requirements - 15 Credits

Written Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits56

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.