Certificate of Completion in Personal Training

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology Critical course 3
EXS146 Introduction to Exercise Testing 1
EXS215 Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques 3
EXS217 Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training 3
EMT101 or
HES106
Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR Current CPR/AED 0–0.5
PED101ST Strength Training 1
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition or SG 3
RE Restricted Electives 1

Restricted Electives

Complete one (1) credit from one of the following course options not already selected in the Required Courses area. Choose a course that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor as needed.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS+++++ Any EXS Exercise Science course 1
FON+++++ Any FON Food and Nutrition course 1
HES+++++ Any HES Health Science course 1
PED+++++ Any PED Physical Education course 1
IFS110 Critical Research for College Success 1

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology Critical course 3
PED101ST Strength Training 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS146 Introduction to Exercise Testing 1
EXS215 Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques 3
EXS217 Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition or SG 3
EMT101 or
HES106
Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR Current CPR/AED 0–0.5
RE Restricted Electives 1

Restricted Electives

Complete one (1) credit from one of the following course options not already selected in the Required Courses area. Choose a course that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor as needed.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS+++++ Any EXS Exercise Science course 1
FON+++++ Any FON Food and Nutrition course 1
HES+++++ Any HES Health Science course 1
PED+++++ Any PED Physical Education course 1
IFS110 Critical Research for College Success 1

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.