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Fitness Professional


Learn exercise and fitness theories and the skills to teach people how to safely exercise. The program may include work-related experiences at the Fitness and Conditioning Center and in local fitness clubs and agencies. 

Program/Major Codes: CRTFITNESS/FSP1

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:  Work as a personal trainer and/or group fitness instructor in your own business or within a fitness club or agency.  Take exams for certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM), the American Council of Exercise (ACE), or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Academic Options:  Pursue a physical education degree or a degree in Exercise Science (ASU or NAU); or transfer in Exercise and Wellness (ASU-East).  Pursue a Coaching Certificate.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Program Requirements 2018-2019

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
FSN 154 Nutrition 3  
 or FSS 241    Nutrition for Exercise and Sport
FSS 208 Professional Activities: Group Fitness 2
FSS 218 Professional Activities: Weight Training 3
FSS 234 (or FSS 234A and 234B) Fundamentals of Exercise Science 4
FSS 236 Communication and Exercise Adherence 2
FSS 276 Personal Trainer: Muscular Strength, Endurance, Flexibility 3
FSS 277 Personal Trainer: Cardiovascular Endurance/Body Composition 3
FSS 281 Capstone: Certified Personal Trainer 1
Subtotal 21

Required Support/Elective Courses:

Select 6 credits from the following list. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
FAW 182 Healthy Living and Wellness 3
FAW 183 Lifestyle Wellness Coaching 2
FAW 184 Health, Wellness, and Physical Activity 3
FSS 238 Introduction to Sports Injury Management 3
FSS 260 Business Practices for the Personal Trainer 2
FSS 262 Personal Trainer: Special Populations 2
FSS 271 Sport Psychology 3
FSS 273 Sport Physiology 3
FSS 280 Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant 1
FSS 291 Fitness and Sport Sciences Internship 3
Subtotal 6
Total 27