Personal Trainer Certificate

Curriculum HSE.PTR.CERT (C336A)

(Total Program Credits: 30)

Provides the educational background specific to individuals pursuing job opportunities within the Sport and Fitness industry. The curriculum provides a basic foundation needed to analyze human body functions and the means to train the body to achieve the highest level of performance. Prepares the individual with the knowledge and skills for certification testing and accreditation by certifying boards (i.e., American College of Exercise). Job opportunities include personal trainer and/or positions available at fitness locations (i.e., health clubs, hospital fitness centers, corporate fitness centers, etc.).

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Personal Trainer Certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • identify leadership and professional skills within the field of personal training in order to build rapport;
  • design health and fitness assessments to monitor progress and guide decision making relative to performance outcomes;
  • prepare nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle behavioral plans to safely lose, gain, and maintain normal body composition;
  • design exercise programs to improve strength, endurance, power, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness; and
  • describe the dimensions of health that impact personal wellness.

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

(Fall 2021)

Program prerequisite: Students must have current CPR certification or must have completed HTH 281◊ prior to enrolling in this program.

Semester One

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 101Human Biology

4 credits

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2 credits

HTH 120Nutrition Science

3 credits

PED 153Foundations of Exercise

3 credits

PED 195Introduction to Sport Management

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
PED 168Theory and Practice of Weight Training

2 credits

PED 200Introduction to Biomechanics

3 credits

PED 210Exercise Testing and Prescription

3 credits

PED 230Techniques in Sport & Exercise Science #

1 credit

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Electives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Program Electives (3):

Course NumberTitleCredits
HTH 175Drug & Alcohol Education

3 credits

HTH 202Culture and Food

3 credits

HTH 216Wellness and Exercise for Special Populations #

3 credits

HTH 220Athletic Training Techniques

3 credits

HTH 221Sport Specific Training and Rehabilitation

3 credits

PED Activity courses (numbered 150 and below)

1-3 credits

PED 116Group Fitness

1 credit

PED 159Selected Sport and Recreational Activities

1 credit

PED 172Group Fitness Instructor

2 credits

PED 180Strength Conditioning and Performance

3 credits

PED 189Water Safety Instructor #

2 credits

PED 194Principles of Coaching

3 credits

PED 196Sport and Exercise Psychology

3 credits

PED 197Sociology of Sport

3 credits

PED 198Lifeguarding

1 credit

PED 206Athletic Fitness #

1 credit

PED 275Facilities Management

3 credits

PED 296Special Topics in Physical Education

0.5 - 4 credits

PSY 207Health Psychology #

3 credits

Activity courses: A maximum of three credit hours will be granted towards the certificate.

See PED course descriptions.

Chairperson: Julianne Murphy, Ext. 3087