Personal/Fitness Trainer

This program of study is intended for students planning on pursuing a career as a certified personal trainer.  Students will gain knowledge in individual and group exercise programs, and will work with populations of varying ability levels. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to work as personal trainers in health clubs, fitness centers, and recreational programs.  Graduates will be eligible to test and become certified in their choice of organizations that certify personal trainers.

Admission to the Program:

Students entering this program should have a strong understanding of science and math concepts, and be able to physically perform exercises they intend to teach.

Accreditation:

Upon successful completion, student will be able to sit for the ACE or NCF personal trainer examination.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 61

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
COMM 110
or
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY 
or
3
COMM 120 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATH 110 CONCEPTS OF MATHEMATICS  3
CHEM 115 FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMISTRY  4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 140 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY  4
FCS 120 PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION  3
HLTH 120 FIRST AID  2
HLTH 150 FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH  3
PHYED 116
or
INTRODUCTION TO RECREATION 
or
2
PHYED 236 SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT  3
PHYED 136 FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT  3
PHYED 175 PRINCIPLES OF TRAINING  3
PHYED 176 EXERCISE TESTING, PRESCRIPTION, AND DESIGN  3
PHYED 205 FITNESS AND WELLNESS  2
PHYED 276 PERSONAL TRAINING FIELD EXPERIENCE  3
PHYED 277 PHYSICAL EDUCATION TOPICS  1 to 3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
APPROVED ELECTIVES ** 13

* See specific requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** ACCTG 105, PHYED 116, 140, 145, 149, 162, 168, 169, 180, 181, 182, 183, 236.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1 ENGL 110; MATH 110; PHYED 136; FCS 120; PHYED 205; Humanities
Spring Semester 1HLTH 150; PHYED 175; BIOL 140; COMM 110 or 120; Social Science
Summer Semester PHYED 176
Fall Semester 2 HLTH 120; CHEM 115; PHYED 116 or PHYED 236
Spring Semester 2 Approved Electives; PHYED 276; PHYED 277
Summer Semester

Program Contact Information

Physical Education Coordinator

Fitness Center/Gymnasium  (309) 694-5502

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training