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++ indicates any module/suffixed courses. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

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.

Required Courses Credits: 28-28.5

BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4)4
EMT101Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers (0.50) OR
HES106Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (0.50) OR
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification 0-0.50
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science3
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
FON100Introductory Nutrition (3) OR
FON105Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals (3) OR
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3)3
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

Restricted Electives

Choose a total of 4-6 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 courses
WED+++++ Any WED Wellness Education courses

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Major: 5445
First Term: 2016 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: CCL
Total Credits: 32-34.5
CIPS code: 31.0501
Initiating College: Glendale Community College
Program Availability: - CGC GCC MCC PVC SCC SMC
Occupational Area: Human Services
Instructional Council: Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness (32)
GPA: 2.00