Fitness Leadership: Associate in Applied Science
Provides knowledge necesary for careers as certified exercise instructors and personal trainers in national fitness clubs, corporate fitness centers, recreation facilities, and hospitals. Explores areas relative to exercise science such as nutrition, exercise physiology, methods of teaching exercise, and first aid. Students may seek certification upon completion of program.
- Devise the appropriate exercise prescription for a variety of populations (e.g. obese, athlete, diabetic) following the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines
- Demonstrate communication skills necessary to lead one-on-one and group exercise
- Demonstrate procedures for assessing skill and health-related components of physical fitness based on guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine
- Diagram the facility requirements for a wellness center as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine
- Describe the physiological changes that occur to the systems of the body as a result of exercise
- Perform the appropriate response to the injury situations that are likely to happen in an exercise setting
There are no special admission requirements to the program. Simply declare Fitness Leadership as your program of study when you apply to the college or register for classes. Early in the program you should contact the director of the program to understand the sequence of classes in the program.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
Complete 15 credits from:
American Society, Events, Institutions and Cultures Outcome: Complete at least one course:
- ENG-235: American Literature Before 1900
- ENG-236: American Autobiography
- ENG-237: American Literature Since 1900
- CRJ-131: Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
- HIST-151: American History I
- HIST-152: American History II
- POLS-131: Introduction to American Government and Political Science
- SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology
- SSC-131: A Survey of the Social Sciences
Computer Literacy Outcome: Complete at least one course:
- ART-275: Advanced Projects
- BCA-140: Software Applications
- CIS-100: Introduction to Information Technology
- CIS-221: Instructional Technology for Elementary Teachers
- CIS-223: Instructional Technology for Secondary Teachers
- HCS-131: Computers in Health Care
- MFMT-103: Industrial Computer Application
- TAFD-115: Computer Applications for Skilled Trades
- CLT-100: Computer Literacy Test
Critical Thinking Outcome: Complete at least one non-activity based course numbered 100 or higher
Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcome: Take either English sequence:
Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.
Requirements are Subject to Change
Students interested in taking industry certification exams such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE) or American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) may elect to do so at the completion of the program. Two courses in the program, HPE 150-Exercise Physiology and HPE 151-Methods for Teaching Exercise, are designed to help students be successful with certification.
- Eastern Michigan University
- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
- Michigan State University
- Central Michigan University
A third party independent study funded by the American Council on Exercise completed a study of salaries on people working as personal trainers and group exercise leaders in 2013. The study reported a 12% increase in salaries since 2010, the time of the last study. Currently, the average national salary for personal trainers and group exercise leaders working full-time is $52,537 and for those working part-time in north central United States, exercise instructors are averaging an hourly rate of $26. The survey can be accessed at http://www.acefitness.org/salary/docs/ACE_SalarySurvey.pdf.
A future exercise leader who can work one-on-one with people wanting to improve their health as well as teach classes in aerobics, yoga, or water exercise can find an exciting career path with the Fitness Leadership program. This program provides the student with the credentials and experience to become a leader in the fitness industry.