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Fitness Specialist: Health Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer, Associate in Science Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AS_PEPT
Control Number: 03970

This program provides students with theory necessary to be effective in the health fitness industry (health clubs, corporate fitness, etc.). Students in this program will learn scientific principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques for the measurement of human performance, and methods for establishing healthy nutritional patterns.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will have the knowledge, skills & experience necessary to assess an individual’s level of physical fitness and design appropriate exercise programming to improve physical fitness.
  2. Students will be qualified for careers as fitness instructors, exercise testing technicians, strength coaches, or personal fitness trainers.
  3. Develops a strong understanding of the business aspects of personal training, including effective practices, professional ethics, marketing, record keeping, and communication.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
KIN A270 Fitness and Health 3
KIN A280 Strength Conditioning/Theory 3
KIN A297 Fitness Specialist Practicum 2
KIN A282 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
KIN A296 Personal Trainer 3
KIN A298 Fitness Specialist Internship 2-3
 Total Units16-17

Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
Select a minimum of three (3) units from the following in either semester:3-5
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Nutrition, Fitness and Performance
Introduction to Kinesiology
Drugs & Sports
Movement Analysis
Sports Medicine
Sports Management
Any Kinesiology active participation course KIN A105-A156, A205-256
Total Units3-5

Total Units - 19-22

Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 19-22
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60