Exercise Science and Personal Training (AAS)

Program Information

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.

Program Notes

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

This program has two embedded certificates:  CCL in Personal Trainer and CCL in Personal Training Specialist that you can receive before your finish your degree.   However, this AAS degree may not be the best choice if your long term goal is to transfer to a university for a bachelors degree.  It is very important for you to consult with the Program Director so that you get started on the optimum curriculum path for your academic and professional goals.

EXS 239 can be divided between two semesters as EXS239 AA (1 credit) plus EXS239 AB (2 credits).  Taking EXS239AA in Semester III would enable you to apply for your Personal Trainer certificate (CCL) at the end of that term. 

Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 
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Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 15-17 Credits Grade Sem/Year
MA ANY Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.


The following MAT courses (or higher) are recommended:

MAT120 Intermediate Algebra OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3-5 credits)

(Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area except MAT112)

EXS 101 Introduction to Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Physical Education 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

(Select 3 credits of Restricted Electives from list of course options below)

HES 100 Healthful Living OR 3    
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3    
ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
Semester II 13-16 Credits Grade Sem/Year

If you tested exempt from CRE101, you should consider moving a course from Semester III or IV to this semester to lighten your load in that later term.

EXS 125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3    
EXS 130 Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3    
COM 225 Public Speaking 3    
BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology OR 4    
BIO 156 Introductory Biology for Allied Health OR 4    
BIO 181 General Biology (Majors) I 4    
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0-3 credits)

Semester III 15 Credits Grade Sem/Year

As described in Program Notes, if you wish to receive your Personal Trainer certificate (CCL) this semester, you will need to complete 1 credit of your internship now (EXS239AA).  See the Program Director to discuss whether this option is right for you and, if so, to set up an appropriate placement and submit your application for the CCL.

RE ANY Restricted Electives

(Select 3 credits of Restricted Electives from the list of course options below)

EXS 132 Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3    
EXS 112 Professional Applications of Fitness Principles 3    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
FON 100 Introductory Nutrition OR 3    
FON 105 Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals OR 3    
FON 241 Principles of Human Nutrition

(FON241 is the best choice if you are considering transfer to a university in the future.  If not, FON105 is recommended.)

Semester IV 15-15.5 Credits Grade Sem/Year

See the Program Director or an Academic Advisor during the first few weeks of this semester to apply for graduation with your AAS degree and your CCL in Personal Training Specialist (contingent on completion of your Term V coursework).

EXS 145 Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 3    
EXS 214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind- Body Exercises 2    
EXS 216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2    
EXS 218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2    
FON 210 Sports Nutrition and Supplements for Physical Activity 3    
EMT 101 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Cardiac Life Support OR .5    
HES 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED)


Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification (0-0.50 credits)

ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
Semester V 6 Credits Grade Sem/Year
FON 247 Weight Management Theory 3    
EXS 239 Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship 3    
Restricted Electives 6 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Choose a total of six (6) credits EXS, FON, HES, SPM, and/or WED courses except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.


EXS ANY Any Exercise Science (EXS) course *    
FON ANY Any Food and Nutrition (FON) course *    
HES ANY Any Health Science (HES) course *    
SPM ANY Any Sports Management (SPM) course *    
WED ANY Any Wellness Education (WED) course *    

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