New: Personal Training Certificate (PTC)

The Personal Training Certificate prepares students to complete a certification as a personal trainer. Students study anatomy and kinesiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics of exercise, personal safety (including CPR), organizational and legal consideration of the fitness industry and practical application of individual and group fitness instruction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.  Students have the option to begin a career after program completion or continue on to an Associate’s degree.


Suggested Course Order





 ENG101 English Composition


ENG098, RDG098, FYE101, or placement
BIO115 Human Biology


ENG098, RDG098, MAT096, FYE 101 or placement
EXS102 Principles of Anatomy and Kinesiology


ENG098,  RDG098, FYE101, MAT092, oror placement
EXS201 Exercise Science and Nutrition


BIO115 or BIO199 or co-enrollment
PER130 Health, Fitness and Wellness


RDG098, FYE101, MAT092, or placement
BIO101 Introduction to Nutrition


ENG098, RDG098, MAT092, FYE101, or placement
HEA119 Rehabilitation Aide Training


EXS203 Exercise Testing and Program Design


EXS102 or PTA104; EXS201
EXS210 Exercise Science Externship


EXS102 and EXS201
                                                  Total:   credits 29













*Pending Department of Education Approval – Contact Admissions with questions.

Campus/format: A majority of this program ca be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus. Some courses may be available in the evenings or at satellite campuses.

Helpful hints: This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry level employment in the healthcare field prior to applying to the PTA program.

Transfer options: Some courses may be applied to a selective admission healthcare program. Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Earning potential: Varies according to industry.

Special requirements: Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance, and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see page 22 of the college catalog). Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations. Due to the limited availability of practicum sites, students may be assigned a location that requires a special fee.

Technical Standards* for PTC

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68

       Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze and, draw conclusions from data.
  4. Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  5. Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  6. Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  7. Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  8. Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  9. Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  10. Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  11. Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  12. Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  13. Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  14. Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.

Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

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