Academics

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.

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

Required Program Courses

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

Health Careers Department
Peoria Campus, Cedar 105
(309) 690-7530

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training


Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Education & Training
Pathway: Teaching/Training
ICC Pathway: Personal Fitness Trainer

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Concepts of Mathematics (MATH 110) | First Aid (HLTH 120) | Foundations of Chemistry (CHEM 115) | Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Humanities | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Social Science

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Paying for College | Career Information: Fitness Trainers and Instructors | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Personal/Fitness Trainer Certificate (30 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

ACE,NCF

Employment Information

Fitness trainer, fitness instructor, athletic trainer, aerobic instructors $15-20/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Personal/Fitness Trainer(61 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

ACE,NCF

Employment Information

Fitness trainer, fitness instructor, athletic trainer, aerobic instructors$15-20/hr

OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs at this time.

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs at this time.

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

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