Students in this program will be trained to be group exercise leaders and personal trainers. Students will learn the principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques of leading individual and group exercise classes, appropriate methods to establishing healthy behavior and the designing of personalized exercise prescriptions. They will be able to develop safe, effective exercise plans for a variety of clients.

Program Emphasis

The Fitness Specialist certificate program trains students for positions, entry-level or higher, in the growing fitness industry.

Career Options

Graduates will be qualified to be exercise testing technicians, fitness instructors, strength training instructors, aerobic instructors, and personal fitness trainers.
The fitness industry continued to experience growth and has an ongoing need for trained instructors and trainers in health clubs, fitness centers, and sports medicine clinics.
Please note that students enrolled in an occupational program must earn a grade of “C” or better in courses required for the major.

Student Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion the student/athlete will be able to:

  • Create an Educational Plan with the Athletic Counselor
  • Develop a greater skill level in their sport
  • Exhibit the qualities of teamwork as it relates to their sport
  • Develop a player profile to be used as a recruiting tool for four year institutions
  • Increase their levels of physical fitness


Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

  • Learn that life is a balancing act and identify how the following components of wellness will aid in successfully navigating one's life.
    • Physical
    • Spiritual
    • Emotional
    • Cognitive
    • Social
    • Environmental

EXERCISE SCIENCE (formerly Physical Education)

Upon successful completion the student will improve in one or more of the following fitness components:

  • Cardio-respiratory endurance
  • Muscular endurance
  • Muscular strength
  • Flexibility
  • Body composition


Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prescribe safe and effective exercise
  • Develop and implement group and individual exercise programs
  • Possess an applied understanding of human anatomy, physiology and nutrition as it applies to physical fitness
  • Develop specialized fitness programs to meet the needs of the targeted individual.

Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate (New - Fall 2018)

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