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Fitness Professional

Certificate

Learn exercise and fitness theories and the skills to teach people how to safely exercise. The program may include work-related experiences at the Fitness and Conditioning Center and in local fitness clubs and agencies. 

Program/Major Codes: CRTFITNESS/FSP

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:  Work as a personal trainer and/or group fitness instructor in your own business or within a fitness club or agency.  Take exams for certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM), the American Council of Exercise (ACE), or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Academic Options:  Pursue a physical education degree or a degree in Exercise Science (ASU or NAU); or transfer in Exercise and Wellness (ASU-East).  Pursue a Coaching Certificate.

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Program Requirements
  

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
FSN 154 Nutrition 3
 or FSS 241    Nutrition for Exercise and Sport   
FSS 208 Professional Activities: Aerobics and Group Fitness 2
FSS 218 Professional Activities: Weight Training 2
FSS 234 Fundamentals of Exercise Science 4
FSS 236 Communication and Exercise Adherence 2
FSS 276 Personal Trainer: Muscular Strength, Endurance, Flexibility
3
FSS 277 Personal Trainer: Cardiovascular Endurance/Body Composition 3
FSS 281 Personal Trainer Exam Preparation 1
Subtotal 20

Required Support/Elective Courses:

Select 6 credits from the following list

Course # Course Title Credits
FSS 238 Introduction to Sports Injury Management 3
FSS 260 Business Practices for the Personal Trainer 3
FSS 262 Personal Trainer: Special Populations 2
FSS 270 Advanced Principles for Athletic Conditioning 1
FSS 271 Sport Psychology 3
FSS 273 Sport Physiology 3
FSS 280 Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant 1
FSS 291 Fitness Professional Internship 3
Subtotal 6
Total 26