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College Catalog 2018-2019

Career Studies Certificate
Offered through AL, AN, LO, MA, WO
CIP Code: 31.0301

Purpose: This program is based on the standards of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and prepares students to become knowledgeable fitness professionals in health clubs, recreation departments, and fitness facilities in private, commercial, corporate, or government settings. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to sit for a nationally recognized certification exam in Personal Training.

Admission Requirements: 

The following must be met to obtain the Fitness Career Studies Certificate:

  1. Achieve a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in all certificate courses.
  2. Score 80% or higher on the exit exam.
  3. Hold a current CPR certification.

Recommended Preparation: Students are expected to attain high levels of fitness during this program and, consequently, should be in good health to participate in vigorous workouts.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
1BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
2CST 110 Intro to Communication or 3
3HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or a current CPR card 1
PED 111 Weight Training I 1
4PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness or 2-3
  HLT  110  Concepts of Personal & Community Health  
5 BUS, FIN, or MKT elective 3
Total   14-15
2nd Semester
DIT 121 Nutrition I 3
HLT 206 Exercise Science 3
PED 168 Basic Personal Trainer Preparation 3
6PED 220 Adult Health and Development 2-3
7PED ___ Elective 1
Total   12-13
Total credits for the Personal Training Career Studies Certificate=26-28

1 BIO 142 is recommended in addition to BIO 141 for transfer into a 4-year program and for students interested in a more thorough understanding of the systems of the human body.

2 May substitute CST 126, or CST 229.

3HLT 105 requirement may be met with proof of current certification in CPR through a recognized organization such as the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

4 HLT 110 is recommended for transfer to Mason.

5 Approved Courses: BUS 100, BUS 116, BUS 165, BUS 201, FIN 107, MKT 215.

6 PED 190 Coordinated Internship (2 cr.) may be substituted with approval of a fitness advisor.

7 Approved PED Electives: PED 100, PED 103, PED 109.