Sports Fitness and Exercise Science

The Sports Fitness and Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in any of the four health-fitness settings: clinical, commercial, community or corporate. This program includes everything from the study of the body’s responses to physical exercise to treating bodily injuries and diseases.  Students will learn scientifically based content and apply learned material in hands on experiences This program prepares students to take the certification exams offered by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Medical Certification Association to become certified as a personal trainer and a certified physical therapy aide.

Completion of the Sports fitness and Exercise Science program may act as a stepping stone to prepare students for an undergraduate education in exercise physiology/science, physical therapy, sports nutrition, sports medicine, biomechanics and other allied health disciplines.

Skills Learned:

  • Athletic Injury Prevention
  • CPR/First Aid/AED
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Fitness Safety
  • Sports Specific Training
  • Fitness Screening & Evaluation
  • Health and Fitness Trends
  • Nutrition/Weight Management
  • Wellness Program Design
  • Personal Training
  • Concepts in Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Injury
  • Physical Therapy Skills


Potential Careers:

  • Personal Trainer/Coach
  • Fitness and Wellness Sales
  • Physical Therapy Aid

With additional education:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist
  • Strength Conditioning Specialist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Chiropractic
  • Public Health

Certifications and credentials:
PTAC – 12 points


Sports Fitness and Exercise Science