Associate's Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training

What You'll Become

The purpose of an Associate's Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training is to prepare students for entry-level positions as personal trainers with the ability to pursue a Bachelor's or Advanced Degree in Exercise Science, Medical Exercise, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Physical Education, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, or Chiropractic.

Our program is designed specifically for students who seek to acquire a comprehensive framework in personal training concepts and skills in order to contribute and create solutions for the widest variety of clients. Many students also find these skills essential to improving their own health.

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to apply exercise science, business, management, communication, and psychology to meet the needs of their clients as well as support their own professional and entrepreneurial efforts.

Skills and Knowledge You'll Acquire

  1. Analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world situations.
  2. The foundation of exercise science knowledge and technical skills to support and facilitate lifelong professional development.
  3. The ability to use critical thinking, creativity, logic, and analysis to meet client needs.
  4. The competence to implement and apply current exercise and nutrition strategies to allow clients to effectively meet their goals.
  5. The aptitude to apply sound scientific and communication principles to the functions of assessment, program design, motivation, and coaching.
  6. An academic foundation to pursue a Bachelor's or other Advanced Degree.

The Strategy to Get You There

Course # Course Name Credits
Quarter 1
PD102 Personal Development 2
HIT135 Medical Terminology 3
Quarter 1 Credits 5
Quarter 2
PTR251 Certified Fitness Trainer 5
BIO105 Anatomy and Physiology 5
Quarter 2 Credits 10
Quarter 3
PTR259 Specialist in Fitness Nutrition 5
ENG110 English Composition 5
Quarter 3 Credits 10
Quarter 4
PTR-ELE Certification course elective:
Choose from strength and conditioning, youth fitness, exercise therapy, senior fitness, or group fitness
5
MATH102 College Math 5
Quarter 4 Credits 10
Quarter 5
PTR-ELE Certification course elective:
Choose from strength and conditioning, youth fitness, exercise therapy, senior fitness, or group fitness
5
PSY102 General Psychology 5
Quarter 5 Credits 10
Quarter 6
PTR-ELE Certification course elective:
Choose from strength and conditioning, youth fitness, exercise therapy, senior fitness, or group fitness
5
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 5
HIST102 US History 5
Quarter 6 Credits 15
Quarter 7
PTR-ELE Certification course elective:
Choose from strength and conditioning, youth fitness, exercise therapy, senior fitness, or group fitness
5
BUS204 Business and Management Principles 4
Quarter 7 Credits 9
Quarter 8
COMM102 Effective Communication 5
BUS117 Motivating for Performance 5
Quarter 8 Credits 10
Quarter 9
PTR-ELE Certification course elective:
Choose from strength and conditioning, youth fitness, exercise therapy, senior fitness, or group fitness
5
BUS207 Entrepreneurship 4
PD103 Professional and Career Development 2
Quarter 9 Credits 11

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