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Fitness Trainer Technician

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree with 65 total credit hours
    • 20 credits of general education
  • Offered at Online with some courses available on campus
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

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Program Description 

The Fitness Trainer Technician program at Lake Region State College includes both theory and practical application and is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and training required to work as a personal trainer. The program is available online to  maximize access and flexibility for students. It also offers marketable skills for employment opportunities and foundation courses and general education course work for transfer into baccalaureate degree.

 The program is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Promote recreational fitness and health activities in the community.
  • Assess fitness levels through evaluating, recommending and monitoring client exercise programs.
  • Ability to instruct clients in variety of activities.
  • Provide leadership by example, establish program direction and maintain professional ethics.
  • Stay on the leading edge of current nutrition and physical fitness research.
  • Be skilled in assisting clients.
  • Incorporate nutrition education effectively into physical fitness plans.

Course Overview

Associate in Applied Science Degree

BIOL 150 General Biology I 4
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
FTT 220 Exercise Prescription 3
FTT 240 Techniques of Fitness Assessment 3
FTT 297 Fitness Trainer Internship 1
HPER 100 Concepts of Fitness and Wellness 3
HPER 108 Beginning Fitness Conditioning 1
HPER 170 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
HPER 207 Prevention and Care of Injuries 3
HPER 210 First Aid 2
HPER 218 Personal Training Preparation 3
HPER 225 Fitness Leadership 2
MATH 103 College Algebra 3
NUTR 240 Principles of Nutrition 3
NUTR 260 Nutrition Promotion Strategies 2
NUTR 270 Nutrition for the Fitness Specialist I 3
NUTR 271 Nutrition for the Fitness Specialist II 3
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
TOTAL CREDITS 65

Admission Process

1. Application for Admission:

  • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
  • A one time application fee of $35 is required

2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
3. ACTorCompass Testing
4. College Transcripts, if applicable:

  • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
  • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

Career Opportunities

Many career avenues exist in the industry. Graduates can work as a group trainer, personal trainer, or work with a specific set of individuals or be an independent consultant or work for a center or health care facility. Job opportunities and salaries have a broad range.

Courses include both theory and practical application and are designed to provide the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary for working as a personal trainer. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine certification exam.

Advance Your Education

An advanced degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, or related area, in addition to experience, is required to advance to management positions in a health club or fitness center according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you plan to pursue a bachelors degree in the future, you may want to complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree along with your AAS in FTT degree. Students should work closely with their advisor to select the appropriate courses.

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