Fitness Trainer Technician

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 coursework for transfer into a baccalaureate degree.

Lake Region State College’s Fitness Training Technician (FiTT) Program is accredited under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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 a 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.

Program Curriculum

BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CSCI 101 (elective) 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 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


Students in the Fitness Trainer Technician program have the best of both worlds. With faculty in the profession, students enjoy a program that blends both classroom theory and real-world experience. The last semester of the program is spent in the community putting their knowledge to work. Students also learn how to create business and marketing plans should they decide to start his/her own business in the fitness industry. 

The Fitness Trainer Technician lab is equipped with top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment.  Students who complete the Fitness Trainer Technician program enter the workforce or transfer to a university to continue studies in fields of athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy, or other related fields. 

"It's my life. It's my passion." -- Tammy Riggin, Director, Fitness Trainer Technician Program


Tammy Riggin, Associate Professor
Director, Fitness Trainer Technician Program