Fitness Professional


The Fitness Professional program is designed to prepare students to become certified personal trainers in the community. They will be prepared to set up personal training programs, give basic nutritional guidance, and market themselves.


CPR certification is required before graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in Standard American English, and interpret,
    and/or express themselves in, some other form of communication at a basic level, whether from
    knowledge of a second language or through artistic or symbolic expression.
  2. Make and express critical judgments about issues and ideas after accessing, analyzing, and
    synthesizing relevant information, using technology where appropriate; use creative and critical
    thinking skills to weigh the relative merits of opposing positions; and apply knowledge of formal
    systems of reasoning and logical fallacies in arriving at informed opinions.
  3. Apply quantitative methods appropriately; analyze real-life situations using numeric, graphical,
    and symbolic models, and verbally explain these models; and recognize the impact of
    mathematics on the sciences, society, and everyday life.
  4. Analyze the behavior of people from psychological, sociological, philosophical, and
    anthropological perspectives, and knowledgeably consider the social, political, and economic
    implications of human interactions in order to make informed personal and social choices.
  5. Support opinions and make decisions based upon a scientific understanding of the physical and
    natural world, and appropriately apply the scientific method to test ideas, measure and evaluate
    results, develop models, solve problems, and generate new ideas.
  6. Demonstrate a sympathetic awareness of the values and beliefs of their own and other cultures;
    explain the historical dimensions of contemporary affairs and issues; analyze the interactive roles
    that social, religious, artistic, political, economic, scientific, and technological forces play in
    society; and engage responsibly in their roles as citizens with issues affecting themselves, their
    families, their communities, and the world.
  7. Demonstrate an aesthetic appreciation of creative and original expression and, making use of
    natural gifts, acquired knowledge, and the intense discipline of art, engage in creative activities
    which enrich their quality of life.
  8. Make informed decisions based on an understanding of the qualities of a healthful lifestyle,
    explain the connection between a healthy body and a thoughtful mind, perform group activities
    cooperatively, and engage in healthful physical activity.


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Fitness Professional Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 20-22 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • ENG 100 - Composition I (3 credits)
  • HPER 100 - Health, Wellness, Fitness (2 credits)
  • HPER 270 - Personal Trainer Certification Prep (3 credits)
  • SP 151 - Personal and Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • Choose one of following: HPER 152, HPER 160, or HPER 170 (2-4 credits)
  • Recommended option: HPER 160
Spring Semester 2
  • ENT 130 - Marketing for the Small Business (3 credits)
  • HLTH 285 - Human Nutrition (3 credits)
  • HPER 199V - Special Studies (1 credit)
  • HPER 152, HPER 160, or HPER 170 (1-2 credits)


  1. HPER 152, HPER 160, or HPER 170: Choose at least two courses (HPER 160 is recommended to be taken in Semester 1 and HPER 152 is recommended to be taken in Semester 2).

Total credits: 20-22

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