Personal Training Specialist (CCL)

Program Information

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Training Specialist program is designed to help prepare students for employment in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer. This curriculum provides students with a fundamental knowledge of human physiology and anatomy, introduction into career options in the field of Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education/Coaching, emergency response readiness, health appraisals and assessments; application of exercise fitness principles and strength and cardiorespiratory training techniques; a fundamental knowledge of nutrition, exercise physiology, and biomechanics; skills in exercise testing and fitness measures as well as writing exercise prescriptions and program designs for diverse populations.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required within this program.

A total of 4-6 credits of Restricted Electives are required for this program. Some restricted electives may have prerequisites and/or corequisites that are not included in the total program credits. If you are interested in taking restricted electives that had additional requisites, you will need to adjust your academic plan to incorporate these courses, or obtain permission from your instructor to waive these requirements based on prior experience and/or training.

This program includes an embedded CCL in Personal Trainer. You will need to apply for this certificate before graduation.

If you are interested in continuing your education, courses in this CCL program may be applied towards the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science and Personal Training and/or a second certificate in Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness.

For more information, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

Name: SID:
Advisor: Catalog Year:


Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 12 Credits Grade Sem/Year
EXS 101 Introduction to Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Physical Education 3    
EXS 125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3    
EXS 130 Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3    
FON 100 Introductory Nutrition OR 3    
FON 105 Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals OR 3    
FON 241 Principles of Human Nutrition 3    
Semester II 12-13.5 Credits Grade Sem/Year
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

(BIO156 or BIO181 are recommended for university transfer; otherwise BIO160 is recommended.)

EMT 101 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Cardiac Life Support OR .5    
HES 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR


Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification. (0-0.5 credits)

EXS 112 Professional Applications of Fitness Principles 3    
EXS 132 Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select 2-3 credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Semester III 8-9 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You should apply for graduation this semester. See an Academic Advisor for help, if needed.

EXS 145 Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 3    
EXS 239 Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select 2-3 credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Restricted Electives 4-6 Credits Grade Sem/Year

The following restricted electives are offered at GCC. Choose any combination from the list of options below to complete a total of 4-6 credits. Courses used to meet other required areas may not be used to satisfy this program requirement unless otherwise stated. For assistance with course selection, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

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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