Students complete courses in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise testing, measurement and evaluation, exercise prescription and program design, CPR/AED, first aid, sport injury care, exercise training techniques, fitness and wellness coaching, sport management, nutrition, health, English, mathematics, speech, and psychology. Students will also complete a practicum experience in their desired profession.
Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Sport and Exercise Studies can choose to study on a full- or part-time basis. Courses are available on campus, in Blended Learning format or online at the following Tri-C campuses: Eastern, Metropolitan, Western.
The program is designed to prepare students for the following entry-level roles:
- Health Fitness Specialist
- Personal Trainer
- Fitness Coordinator
- Group Exercise Coordinator
- Group Fitness Instructor
- Specialty Instructor
- Sport Coach
The program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following program
outcomes upon graduation from the Sport and Exercise Studies program:
1. Demonstrate proficiency interpreting health status and risk stratification data and performing industry-standard fitness assessments and exercise tests.
2. Effectively demonstrate a variety of exercises and teach safe and correct use of exercise equipment and other exercise apparatus.
3. Effectively design, implement, supervise, and evaluate exercise prescriptions and exercise programs using assessment-based data and in accordance with client's needs, goals, and interests.
4. Effectively educate, motivate and communicate healthy lifestyle behavior modifications.
5. Perform safe, ethical, and legal practices in a variety of health and fitness-related settings within the scope of practice.
6. Demonstrate organizational and administrative leadership by establishing program, business, risk management, budgetary and financial plans.
7. Demonstrate skill in designing, planning, marketing and administering effective fitness, recreational, sport, and wellness activites and programs.
8. Model principles of professional conduct and ethics according to industry standards.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to take accredited certifications in personal training and/or group fitness instructor from organizations such as:
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
- National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- Resistance Training Specialist (RTS)