Degrees & Certificates

We offer two different education pathways.  For the student who is looking to work as a Personal Trainer and/or Group Fitness Instructor, the Certificate of Fitness Leadership is set up to be completed in one year and prepare the student with the knowledge and skill set to successfully pass the nationally recognized ACE Personal Trainer and/or Group Fitness certifications. 

For those students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to continue to their education in an Exercise Science related field, the Associate of Exercise Science is set up specifically with those students planning to further their education in Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology related degrees. 

This program will provide the foundation to transfer to various four-year programs in exercise science and related fields. For students who already have a four-year degree, this two-year program provides an area of concentration in exercise science that enhances your marketability in various fitness and wellness occupations and prepares you to take national fitness certification exams. All PEPR and HLED courses required for this program must be passed with a grade of C or better.

 
Degree Requirements 
Freshman Year - Fall Semester
BIOL 1010 GENERAL BIOLOGY 4
CMAP 1530 EXCEL BASICS 1
PEAC 2005 PERSONALIZED FITNESS I 2
PEPR 2005 TEACHING INDIVIDUAL/GROUP FITNESS 3
PEPR 2130 FUNDAMENTALS OF EXERCISE SCIENCE 4
PEPR 2470 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM I .5
HMVD 1005 FYE 1
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:  15.5
Freshman Year - Spring Semester
ENGL 1010 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3
HLED 1140 NUTRITION 3
MATH 1400 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
HLED 1003
OR PEPR 2037
WELLNESS OR SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY 3
PEPR 2230 APPLIED EXERCISE SCIENCE 4
PEPR 2470 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM I .5
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 16.5
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester
ENGL 2005
OR ENGL 1020
TECHNICAL WRITING OR ENGLISH COMPOSITION 3
BIO 2010 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 4
CHEM 1000*
OR CHEM 1020
INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY OR GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4
PSYC 1000    GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 4
PEAC **** PHSYICAL ACTIVITY ELECTIVE 1
PEPR 2471 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM II .5
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 16.5
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester
BIOL 2015 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 4
POLS 1000 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3
COMM 1030
OR COMM 2010
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION OR INTRO TO SPEECH 3
PEPR 2120 INTRO TO EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 4
PEAC **** PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ELECTIVE 1
PEPR 2471 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM II .5
  ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT 0
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 15.5
HLED 1225 or current CPR/First Aid Certification required to take ACE Personal Trainer Exam.
PHYS 1110 General Physics and STAT 2050 Statistics are also requirements at most transfer institutions.
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 64

In this program students will learn the necessary skills to become a certified fitness leader and to take national certification exams, such as those offered by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The ACE exam is offered at the Western Wyoming Community College in Green River, while exams are offered regularly in Salt Lake City and Denver. Students will also enjoy the personal benefits of this program. Through courses in nutrition, wellness, and various exercise classes, personal diet and fitness levels will improve. In addition to classroom instruction, the program gives hands-on experience in fitness centers, schools, hospitals, or clinics. This is an exciting and friendly program where students will be applying the knowledge they learn in the classroom in the real world, with real people.


Certificate Requirements

BIOL 1010 GENERAL BIOLOGY 4
BIOL 2010 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 4
BIOL 2015 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 4
HLED 1003 WELLNESS  3
HLED 1140 NUTRITION 3
PEAC 2005 PERSONALIZED FITNESS I 2
PEPR 1130 TEACHING INDIVIDUAL/GROUP FITNESS 3
PEPR 2120 INTRO TO EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 4
PEPR 2130 FUNDAMENTALS OF EXERCISE SCIENCE 3
PEPR 2230 APPLIED EXERCISE SCIENCE 3
PEPR 2470 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM I 1
PEPR 2471 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM II 1
MKT 2100
OR BADM 2195
BUSINESS COURSE 3
COMM 1030
OR COMM 1020
COMMUNICATION 3
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 41

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