Fitness Specialist (Certificate of Achievement)
Students in this program will be trained to be group exercise leaders and personal trainers. Students in this program will learn the principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques of leading exercise classes, appropriate methods of establishing healthy behavior and the designing of personalized exercise prescriptions. They will be able to develop safe, effective exercise plans for a variety of clients.
The Fitness Specialist certificate program trains students for positions, entry-level or higher, in the growing fitness industry.
Graduates will be qualified to be exercise testing technicians, fitness instructors, strength training instructors, aerobic instructors, and personal fitness trainers.
The fitness industry continued to experience growth and has an ongoing need for trained instructors and trainers in health clubs, fitness centers, and sports medicine clinics.
Please note that students enrolled in an occupational program must earn a grade of "C" or better in courses required for the major.
Academic Requirements (Certificate of Achievement).
This program prepares candidates for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or American Council of Exercise (ACE) certification exams.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See the Mesa College catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foriegn language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.