Exercise Science and Wellness


The Exercise Science and Wellness combines a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with technical courses in Exercise Science. Earn an Associate of Applied Science or certificate and pursue work as a Recreation Worker, Trainer, Physical Therapist Aide, and more.

Degrees & Certificates

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Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

The US Department of Labor expects the employment of fitness trainers and instructors to grow 39% from 2020 to 2030; this growth rate is much faster than the average for all occupations.

*Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fitness Trainers & Instructors

Program Information

The Exercise Science and Wellness program of study is designed for you if you are seeking a high-level education as a personal trainer and/or plan to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, and Health & Wellness. The program combines a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with technical courses in the emerging and expanding field of Exercise Science.


The Fitness certificate is a demanding two-consecutive term program starting in the fall term with most students graduating after the following spring term.

The major goals of the program:

  • You will be prepared to successfully sit for exams to earn nationally-recognized certification as a personal fitness trainer and/or group exercise instructor.
  • You will be prepared for gainful employment as a personal fitness trainer or group exercise instructor in the Health and Wellness and Fitness industries.

Health Status Requirements

To enroll in any physical activity course you are required to fully and accurately fill out the PAR-Q and Pre-participation Screening Questionnaire. If you who fail to do so you will not be able to participate in the course until that time all paperwork has been filled out completely and to the instructor’s satisfaction.

You are are required to have a signed medical release in order to participate in these classes if you are:

  1. A female over 55 years of age,
  2. A male over 45 years of age,
  3. Other individuals as required by the instructor.