Exercise Science

Certificate Information

Academic Plan Code




Career Pathway

Associated Programs

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Training Specialist program is designed to help prepare students for employment in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer. This curriculum provides students with a fundamental knowledge of human physiology and anatomy, introduction into career options in the field of Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education/Coaching, emergency response readiness, health appraisals and assessments; application of exercise fitness principles and strength and cardiorespiratory training techniques; a fundamental knowledge of nutrition, exercise physiology, and biomechanics; skills in exercise testing and fitness measures as well as writing exercise prescriptions and program designs for diverse populations.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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

Term 1

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RC BIO160 or
BIO156 or
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or
General Biology (Majors) I
RC EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Physical Education 3
RC EXS112 Professional Applications of Fitness Principles 3
RC EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3

Term 2

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RC EXS130 Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3
RC EXS132 Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3
RC EXS145 Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
RC HES154 or
proof of First Aid & CPR Cert
First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or
proof of First Aid & CPR Certification

Term 3

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RC EXS239 or
EXS239AA or
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship 1–3
RC FON100 or
FON105 or
Introductory Nutrition or
Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals or
Principles of Human Nutrition
RE Restricted Elective 4–6

Program Electives

Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Electives requirement.

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RE EXS+++++ Any EXS course
RE FON+++++ Any FON course
RE HES+++++ Any HES course
RE SPM+++++ Any SPM course
RE WED+++++ Any WED course

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD's program website for the Certificate of Completion in Personal Training Specialist (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm?id=81267).

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