Associate in Applied Science in Exercise Science and Personal Training

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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) 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: CG, GC, MC, PV, SC, SM

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Exercise Science and Personal Training (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3059
Total Credits Required
64–72
Catalog Year

Career Opportunities

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors $40,870
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
12-14
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science RC 3
HES100 or
PSY101
Healthful Living or Introduction to Psychology SB 3
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra May receive credit for only one of the following: MAT120, MAT121, or MAT122 Mathematics 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
BIO160 or
BIO156 or
BIO181
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I NS 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Critical Rdg 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
EXS112 Professional Applications of Fitness Principles RC 3
FON100 or
FON105 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals or Principles of Human Nutrition RC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14
COM225 Public Speaking Oral Comm 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology RC 3
EXS130 Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques RC 3
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning RC 2
FON210 Sports Nutrition and Supplements for Physical Activity RC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13
EXS132 Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques RC 3
EXS145 Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription RC 3
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises RC 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities RC 2
HES154 or
proof of First Aid & CPR Cert
First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or proof of First Aid & CPR Certification OR BLS Health Care Provider and First Aid Certification RC 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) RC 3
FON247 Weight Management Science RC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 3
Restricted Elective RE 6

Program Electives

 Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS+++++ Any EXS course RE
FON+++++ Any FON course RE
HES+++++ Any HES course RE
SPM+++++ Any SPM course RE
WED+++++ Any WED course RE

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Program Area Key

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

Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

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 Associate in Applied Science in Exercise Science and Personal Training (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=104262).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.