The I-BEST Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer Certificate prepares students for successful employment as group fitness instructors or personal trainers in entry-level to mid-management positions. Fitness professionals train and motivate others to improve and maintain their overall health, fitness, and wellness. Students in the I-BEST Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer certificate program prepares students to pass personal trainer certification exams offered by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). All students must complete a 208-hour industry-based internship or cooperative work experience to earn their certificate.
FTNS 112 Principles of Sports and Exercise
FTNS 121 Kinesiology
BIOL&160 General Biology with Lab
ABED 087 Communication Skills Fitness I
FTNS 152 Exercise Physiology
FTNS 218 Human Performance I Cardio & Respiratory Systems
ABED 088 Communication Skills Fitness II
MATH 087 (or placement into any higher level MATH/MATH& course)
FTNS 137 Professional Skills in Fitness
FTNS 191 Fitness Internship I
FTNS 219 Human Performance II Strength Training
ABED 089 Communication Skills Fitness III
Student enrolls in one term of Academic I-BEST
ENGL 093/099 Written Communication Academic Core Requirement
PSYC&100/PSYC&200 Social Science Academic Core Requirement
ABED 080 Support Class
FTNS 210 Fitness Internship II - Personal Training
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