This program provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills required of fitness professionals. Successful completion of course work prepares students to take national-level certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Council on Exercise (ACE). If students wish to transfer, they must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure smooth transitions to four-year schools. Students need to show current proof of American Heart Association or American Red Cross Adult CPR/-AED certification
NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Apply the basic principles of exercise science, behavior modification, nutrition, and weight management to help clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.
- Describe and apply basic elements of anatomy, applied kinesiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.
- Administer and interpret health screenings and fitness assessments to design safe exercise programs for a diverse range of individuals.
- Explain and employ the scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a certified fitness professional.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)
Communications (6 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 112 Composition and Literature (3)
ENGL 216 Technical Writing (3)
Any SPCH course (3)
Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)
MATH 119 Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3)
MATH 121 College Algebra (4)
Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)
BIOL 136 Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology (3)
BIOL 136L Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)
Humanities and Fine Arts (3 hrs.)
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.
Health and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (28 HRS.)
EXSC 200 Exercise Physiology (3)
EXSC 201 Human Movement (4)
EXSC 202 Instruction in Lifestyle Change (3)
EXSC 210 Prevention and Care of Exercise
EXSC 220 Fitness and Exercise Testing (3) ♥
EXSC 230 Physical Fitness Theory and
EXSC 293L Practicum (1) [Must be taken twice to fulfill degree requirements.]
EXSC 298 Internship (1)
NUTR 200 Nutrition (3) S ♥
NUTR 230 Nutrition for Fitness and Sports (3)
APPROVED ELECTIVES: (13 HRS.)
Choose from the following:
BIOL 123 Biology for Health Sciences (3)
BIOL 123L Biology for Health Sciences Lab (1)
EXSC 120 Instructional Methods: Pilates (.5)
EXSC 122 Instructional Methods: Youth Fitness (.5)
EXSC 123 Instructional Methods: Fitness
EXSC 124 Instructional Methods: Senior Fitness (.5)
EXSC 126 Instructional Methods: Personal
EXSC 129 Instructional Methods: Group
EXSC 132 Instructional Methods: Alternative Strength Training (.5)
EXSC 133 Instructional Methods: Training Techniques Review (.5)
EXSC 134 Instructional Methods: Outdoor
EXSC 150 Fitness Instructor Training I (4)
EXSC 151 Fitness Instructor Training II (4)
HLED 112 Weight Management and Exercise (2) ♥
HLED 113 Stress Management (3)
NUTR 121 Dietary Guidelines (1)
NUTR 205 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3)
NUTR 206 Community Nutrition (3)
NUTR 221 Diabetes Management (3)
Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.
- Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
- Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)
TOTAL 64 CREDITS MIN.