Exercise Science Associate Degree

Professional Fitness Trainer

Associate Program

Health and Fitness Trainer Degree
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Quick Facts

Total Program Credits:
92 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
6 quarters full time
18 months with year-round classes

Employment Rate:
46% for 2012 - 2013

Salary Range:
No data available

The Associate in Applied Science in exercise science degree program provides students with industry knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions in the health, fitness and wellness industry.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment as personal trainers and consultants who work in public, private and government settings including health clubs, commercial fitness centers, corporate fitness/wellness centers, university wellness/adult fitness centers, municipal/city recreation/family centers and worksite health promotion organizations.

Students will also fulfill general education requirements in the areas of communication, social science, natural science and humanities provide analytical and communication skills as well as a global perspective of diverse cultures.

Through our associate in exercise science program, you will be able to develop skills important to the career field, including:
  • Nutrition
  • Medical terminology
  • Kinesiology (the study of human movement)

Additionally, students in the exercise science program learn business skills, such as professional communications and marketing, which play an important role in success once in their career.

In our associate of exercise science degree program, you can expect:

  • Small class sizes
  • Available tutors
  • Flexibility of day and evening courses
  • Financial aid staff with knowledge of scholarships and grants
  • Hands-on experience through applied- and service-learning projects

  • Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

    This course introduces students to exercise prescription guidelines for programs in specific environments and for special populations.

    Exercise Physiology

    This course introduces the fundamental principles of human physiology and responses (both acute and chronic) to exercise.

    Fitness Analysis

    This course introduces students to professional standards for exercise evaluation, testing and prescription.

  • Here are a few examples of companies that have employed our graduates.

    A.A.S. Health Fitness Specialist Graduates July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013

    1. Anytime Fitness-Hudson
    2. Brookdale Senior Living
    3. Kosama-Total Body Transformation
    4. The Grove Aquatic & Fitness Center

    In January 2015, the health fitness specialist program was renamed exercise science. The program objectives were not changed.