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Major Code: 3059
Award: AAS
CIPS Code: 31.0501
Total Credits: 64-69.5

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science and Personal Training program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience required to be eligible for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) personal trainer certification, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) personal trainer certification, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certification and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certification. The curriculum is designed to strengthen students' educational background in fitness and nutrition potentially increasing their marketability in these fields. This degree may also meet the needs of individuals with existing degrees in such fields as Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Athletic Training and other health related disciplines. Registered dietitians, clinical exercise physiologists, personal trainers, exercise specialists, strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, athletes and others interested in acquiring knowledge in exercise, nutrition and health may also find this program appropriate.

Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: CG, GC, MC, PV, SC, SM

Program Notes

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

Program Prerequisites


Required Courses

Credits: 36-36.5
EMT101Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers (0.50) OR
HES106Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (0.50) OR
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification 0-0.50
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science 3
EXS112Professional Applications of Fitness Principles 3
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
EXS130Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3
EXS132Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3
EXS145Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
EXS214Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises 2
EXS216Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2
EXS218Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2
EXS239Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (3) OR
EXS239AAPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (1) AND
EXS239ABPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (2) 3
FON100Introductory Nutrition (3) OR
FON105Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals (3) OR
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3) 3
FON210Sports Nutrition and Supplements for Physical Activity 3
FON247Weight Management Science 3

Restricted Electives

Credits: 6
Choose a total of six (6) credits from EXS, FON, HES, PED and/or WED courses except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. Maximum of three (3) credits of PED courses may be counted toward the Restricted Electives.
EXS+++++ Any EXS Exercise Science courses
FON+++++ Any FON Food and Nutrition courses
HES+++++ Any HES Health Science courses
PED+++++ Any PED Physical Education courses (maximum of 3 credits)
WED+++++ Any WED Wellness Education courses

General Education Requirements

General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
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
COM225Public Speaking 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 area except MAT112.
The following courses or higher are recommended:
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) 3-5
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
HES100Healthful Living (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) 3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) 4

Program Competencies

  • 1. Compare and contrast the disciplines, professions and research areas that are encompassed by the fields of exercise science/kinesiology, exercise and wellness, and physical education. (EXS101)

  • 2. Assess and interpret body composition using skin fold and girth measurement techniques, and recommend ideal weight according to body fat percentage. (EXS112)

  • 3. Describe the functions of bone, muscle, nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the body. (EXS125)

  • 4. Demonstrate proper lifting techniques using weight machines and free weights. (EXS130)

  • 5. Describe the physiological mechanisms underlying improvement in aerobic capacity. (EXS132)

  • 6. Perform exercise tests, including pretest evaluation, physical fitness testing, and clinical exercise testing. (EXS145)

  • 7. Demonstrate the proper technique for a variety of generally safe and effective exercises to enhance range-of-motion (ROM) in the general population. (EXS214)

  • 8. Demonstrate the proper technique for a variety of generally safe and effective exercises to enhance muscular strength, power, and endurance in the general population. (EXS216)

  • 9. Develop programs that will enhance cardiorespiratory fitness and help to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. (EXS218)

  • 10. Demonstrate proper protocol for guiding clients in determining their individual fitness goals and assessing the goals to ensure that they are safe and effective in maintaining or increasing the client?s fitness status. (EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB)

  • 11. Apply current nutrition guidelines to maintain optimal health and nutritional status for specific stages of the lifecycle and/or for specific lifestyle factors. (FON100, FON105, FON241)

  • 12. List guidelines for maintaining water and electrolyte balance. (FON210)

  • 13. Differentiate between anabolic, catabolic, and energy producing supplements. (FON210)

  • 14. Identify and explain genetic, physiological, psychological, metabolic, and environmental influences on body weight. (FON247)

  • 15. Assess patient/victim following appropriate steps and demonstrating standard/personal safety techniques including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, opening airway obstructions and the use of an Autonomic External Defibrillator (AED). (EMT101, HES106)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change.

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