Exercise Science and Personal Training (AAS)
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.
You must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within this program.
You must complete six (6) credits of Restricted Electives (RE). You cannot select courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area. A maximum of three (3) credits of PED courses may be selected.
Some RE courses may have prerequisites/corequisites that are not included in the total program credits. If you are interested in taking courses with additional requisites you will need to adjust your academic plan to include these courses OR obtain permission from your instructor to waive these requirements.
If you are planning to transfer to a university for your Bachelor’s degree, this program may not be the best choice for you as some of these courses may not transfer. You should meet with an Academic Advisor or the Program Director to discuss your academic and/or professional goals, and decide the best curriculum path for you.
Apply for graduation when enrolling for your final semester.