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    Oct 06, 2022  

Fitness Trainer/Instructor Certificate ∞

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The Fitness Trainer/ Instructor certificate provides students with a cross-disciplinary foundation in the fields of exercise science, sports nutrition, wellness and first aid as applied to personal training and group fitness programming and instruction. It is an ideal path for students needing ACE exam review preparation, for those planning to pursue a bachelor's degree in a similar area of study, or for current professionals seeking to update and enhance their knowledge and skills.

Credit Hours Required: 16

Note: This program can be completed entirely online

Program Requirements

Note:  Beginning in 2020-21, the following PHE courses are listed under Exercise and Wellness (EXW).

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fitness Trainer/Instructor Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Use F.I.T.T. and strength training principles to develop and evaluate effectiveness of programs for individuals and/or groups that will enhance the five components of fitness. (PHE 152, PHE 157, PHE 251, PHE 252) 
  2. Explain the acute and chronic effects and adaptations of exercise on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. (PHE 251, PHE 252)
  3. Describe how behavior modification strategies apply to the relationship between diet and exercise within the scope of practice of a personal trainer. (PHE 130H, PHE 152, PHE 157, PHE 251, PHE 252)
  4. Explain emergency medical procedures as they relate to exercise. (PHE 252)
  5. Integrate mind-body exercise components into the design of personal training sessions. (PHE 100M, 252)

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