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Fitness Specialist (ND)

The Fitness Specialist Certificate is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to become Personal Trainers and/or Group Fitness Instructors. It is primarily geared toward preparing students to successfully obtain certifications from NASM, NSCA (for personal training) or ACE (for group fitness instruction), and to develop comprehensive knowledge of scientific evidence, tools and protocols specific to the fitness industry. Practical experience is integrated into curriculum for the development of skill mastery. Students are recommended to have basic knowledge of human biology, basic English writing and speaking skills, and the ability to perform moderate physical activity before beginning this program. Students must complete all required core courses for a total of 24.5 - 25.5 units. Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the NASM-CPT and NSCA-CPT exams; demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the ACE – GFI exam; demonstrate understanding of the fundamental science of kinesiology and apply its principles to assess, design, implement and lead fitness programs for individuals and groups in a diverse population; and utilize universal risk management strategies.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree, should meet with an academic and/or transfer counselor to discuss transfer requirements.

This certificate does not satisfy the major requirements for the Associate in Science degree.
 
PREREQUISITE COURSES REQUIRED COURSES FOR CERTIFICATE UNITS
  Required Core Courses
   HLTH 102
Standard First Aid and CPR 3

KIN 151 Applied Exercise Science 4

KIN 155 Foundations for Group Exercise Instruction 3

KIN 156 Foundations for Personal Training 4

KIN 167 Weight Training and Conditioning I
1.5
KIN 167 or equivalent
KIN 168
Weight Training and Conditioning II
1.5
  Select at least 3 units from the following
  BUSAD 158
Small Business Development
3
  HLTH 128
Nutrition for Physical Fitness and Disease Prevention 3
  KIN 157
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
3
  KIN 158
Fitness Training for Special Populations
4
   ENTRE 101
Concepts of Entrepreneurship
2
  ENTRE 102
 The Entrepreneurial Mindset
3
  Selecttwo classes from the following

DANCE 101 Introduction to Dance 1.5

DANCE 190 Beginning Yoga 1.5

DANCE 194 Pilates 1.5

PE 108 Group Exercise I
1

PE 110 Indoor Cycling I
1

PE 111 Intermediate Indoor Cycling for Fitness
1

PE 180 Running Aerobics I
1
  PE 220
Kickboxing I
1
  PE 221
Kickboxing II
1
Corequisite: Enrollment in appropriate discipline-specific theory or lab at GCC
KIN 50
Internship in Kinesiology
2
Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in 7 units, including Cooperative Education.   COED 101
General Work Experience
 
  Recommended Courses

 

ENGL 191 or Placement test

 

ESL 141 or Placement test

BIOL 115
and
ENGL 120
or
BIOL 115
and
ESL 151

Human Biology

Composition and Reading

Human Form and Function

Reading and Composition V

4
and
4
or
3
and
4

 

  TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 24.5-25.5
NOTE: ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK MIGHT BE REQUIRED IF PREREQUISITES ARE NOT MET.  SEE A COUNSELOR TO PREPARE A STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PLAN.
August 2019 GCC CATALOG 2019-2020
Important Notice: In the event of a discrepancy between the information presented above and the online and/or print versions of the GCC Catalog, please contact a counselor or the office of Admissions and Records. For previous years requirements please see the catalog from that year.