Fitness Professional

Kinesiology, Health & Athletics

The program prepares students to serve as personal trainers, fitness instructors, and/or strength-training instructors. Those who complete the certificate will be educated in the principles of exercise science that apply to fitness evaluation, exercise recommendation, and application of appropriate exercise methods.

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The demand for well-trained specialists is expected to increase well into the next decade. This positive industry trend will offer a host of opportunities for certified fitness specialists and other qualified health experts. The Fitness Professional program is unique in its design because it offers students an opportunity to learn in both a conventional classroom setting, and gain practical experience through an internship process. Interns fulfill a 50-hour assignment at the Life Fitness Center, a campus fitness facility. Here they have an opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience while working in a fitness environment. Classes for the certificate program meet during evening hours to provide access to working adults and other fitness enthusiasts. Students can earn the Fitness Specialist certificate in as little as one year, while maintaining current employment and income.

Program Length

The Fitness Professional program can be completed in two part-time semesters. Students should work with an IVC Counselor on building their Individual Education Plan, but sample schedules can be found in the Kinesiology Major’s Handbook.

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Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
KNES 93Movement Anatomy3
KNES 106Exercise Testing and Prescription3
NUT 2Sport Nutrition3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
KNES 94Exercise Physiology3
KNES 95Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
KNES 215Fitness Professional Internship3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
KNES 85Introduction to Athletic Training (Fall Only)3
KNES 86Theory of Coaching 3
KNES MajorKinesiology Major Course from Strength and Fitness1
KNES MajorKinesiology Major Course from Individual or Team Sports1
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
KNES 10Introduction to Sport Psychology (Spring Only)3
KNES MajorKinesiology Major Course from Individual or Team Sports1
HLTH 2First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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