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:
• Accurately interpret health status and risk stratification data and perform industry-standard fitness assessments and exercise tests for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.
• Effectively demonstrate a variety of exercises and teach safe and correct use of exercise equipment and other exercise apparatus to individuals of all ages and fitness levels.
• Effectively design, implement supervise, and evaluate exercise prescriptions and exercise programs in accordance with individual needs, goals, and assessment date results.
• Effectively educate, motivate, and/or communicate with individuals to influence healthy lifestyle behavior modifications.
• Perform safe, ethical, and legal practices in a variety of health and fitness-related settings within the scope of practice.
• Demonstrate organizational and administrative leadership by establishing program directions, risk management, budgetary and financial plans.
• Graduates of the program will be prepared to take a variety of accredited and nationally recognized personal training and/or group fitness instructor certifications.
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)