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Strength, Nutrition, and Personal Training - AAS

Major: 3059
Effective Term: 2014 Spring Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 64-72
Description:

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science and Personal Training program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience required to be eligible for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Specialist Certification, ACSM personal trainer certification, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) personal trainer certification, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certification and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certification. The curriculum is designed to strengthen students' educational background in fitness and nutrition potentially increasing their marketability in these fields. This degree may also meet the needs of individuals with existing degrees in such fields as Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Athletic Training and other health related disciplines. Registered dietitians, clinical exercise physiologists, personal trainers, exercise specialists, strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, athletes and others interested in acquiring knowledge in exercise, nutrition and health may also find this program appropriate.

Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester

Program Notes:

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better required for all courses within the program.

++ indicates any module/suffixed courses.

Admission Criteria: None
Program Prerequisites: None
Required Courses
Credits:36-39
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Physical Education3
EXS112Professional Applications of Fitness Principles3
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS130Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques3
EXS132Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques3
EXS145Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription3
EXS214Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises2
EXS216Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning2
EXS218Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities2
 
EXS239Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (3) OR
EXS239AAPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (1) AND
EXS239ABPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (2)3
 
FON100Introductory Nutrition (3) OR
FON105Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals (3) OR
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3)3
 
FON210Sports Nutrition and Supplements for Physical Activity3
FON247Weight Management Theory3
 
HES154First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (3) OR
BLS Health Care Provider and First Aid Certification 0-3
Restricted Electives
Credits:6
Choose a total of six (6) credits from EXS, FON, HES, SPM, and/or WED courses except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.
 
EXS+++++ Any EXS Exercise Science courses
FON+++++ Any FON Food and Nutrition courses
HES+++++ Any HES Health Science courses
SPM+++++ Any SPM Sports Management
WED+++++ Any WED Wellness Education courses
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-27
 
General Education CoreCredits 12-17
 
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
COM225Public Speaking3
 
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
 
MathematicsCredits 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area except MAT102.
The following courses are recommended:
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3)3-5
 
General Education DistributionCredits 10
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
HES100Healthful Living (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3)3
 
Natural SciencesCredits 4
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4)4

Program Competencies

  1. Compare and contrast the disciplines, professions and research areas that are encompassed by the fields of exercise science/kinesiology, exercise and wellness, and physical education. (EXS101)
  2. Assess and interpret body composition using skin fold and girth measurement techniques, and recommend ideal weight according to body fat percentage. (EXS112)
  3. Describe the functions of bone, muscle, nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the body. (EXS125)
  4. Demonstrate proper lifting techniques using weight machines and free weights. (EXS130)
  5. Describe the physiological mechanisms underlying improvement in aerobic capacity. (EXS132)
  6. Perform exercise tests, including pretest evaluation, physical fitness testing, and clinical exercise testing. (EXS145)
  7. Demonstrate the proper technique for a variety of generally safe and effective exercises to enhance range-of-motion (ROM) in the general population. (EXS214)
  8. Demonstrate the proper technique for a variety of generally safe and effective exercises to enhance muscular strength, power, and endurance in the general population. (EXS216)
  9. Develop programs that will enhance cardiorespiratory fitness and help to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. (EXS218)
  10. Demonstrate proper protocol for guiding clients in determining their individual fitness goals and assessing the goals to ensure that they are safe and effective in maintaining or increasing the client’s fitness status. (EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB)
  11. Apply current nutrition guidelines to maintain optimal health and nutritional status for specific stages of the lifecycle and/or for specific lifestyle factors. (FON100, FON105, FON241)
  12. List guidelines for maintaining water and electrolyte balance. (FON210)
  13. Differentiate between anabolic, catabolic, and energy producing supplements. (FON210)
  14. Identify and explain genetic, physiological, psychological, metabolic, and environmental influences on body weight. (FON247)
  15. Demonstrate techniques for treating various wounds, injuries, shock, poisoning, burns, sudden illness, and emergency rescue. (HES154)

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