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 KIN 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
KIN 1009 APPLIED FITNESS 2
KIN 1130 TEACHING INDIVIDUAL/GROUP FITNESS 3
ENGL 1010 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3
KIN 2470 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM I .5
HMVD 1005 FYE 1
PEAC**** PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ELECTIVE 1
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:  15.5
Freshman Year - Spring Semester
ENGL 2005 OR ENGL 1020 TECHNICAL WRITING OR ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3
HLED 1140 NUTRITION 3
MATH 1400 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
HLED 1003
OR KIN 2230
WELLNESS OR SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY 3
KIN 2130 FUNDAMENTALS OF  EXERCISE SCIENCE 4
KIN 2470 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM I .5
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 16.5
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester
KIN 2235 APPLIED EXERCISE SCIENCE 4
BIO 2010 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 4
CHEM 1000*
OR CHEM 1020
INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY OR GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4
PSYC 1000    GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
PEAC **** PHSYICAL ACTIVITY ELECTIVE 1
KIN 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
KIN 2400 INTRO TO EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 4
KIN 2135 OR PEAC **** ACE PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATIONS OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ELECTIVE 1
KIN 2471 EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM II .5
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 15.5
HLED 1225 or current CPR/First Aid Certification required to take ACE Certification Exams.
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 available through Western Wyoming Community College Testing centers as well as their own online Testing software allowing you to complete the exam anywhere.. This is an exciting and friendly program where students will be applying the knowledge they learn in the classroom through classes, community projects and workplace fitness testing. 


Certificate Requirements

KIN 1130 TEACHING INDIVIDUAL/GROUP FITNESS 3
KIN 1009
APPLIED FITNESS
3
KIN 2235
APPLIED EXERCISE SCIENCE
4
HLED 1003 WELLNESS  3
HLED 1140 NUTRITION 3
KIN 2470
EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM I
.5-1
KIN 2130
FUNDAMENTALS OF EXERCISE SCIENCE 3
KIN 2135
PERSONAL TRAINER EDUCATION
1
MKT 2100
OR BADM 2195
BUSINESS COURSE 3
COMM 1030
OR COMM 1020
COMMUNICATION 3
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 27-28

 

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