May 2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Personal Fitness Training (ASPFT/AASPFT)

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(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This program prepares students for entry level jobs in the personal training industry. The program provides a solid background in the basic science and theory related to the development and discipline of personal training, nutrition, and client support, with the general education component of an associate’s degree to become a well-rounded graduate. After passing the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification exam, the graduate will be qualified for entry-level work in health clubs, gyms, and wellness centers, or they may become self-employed by going into private practice.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Articulate biological and physiological components of the human body
  2. Perform all components of an initial client consultation and assessment.
  3. Develop and implement safe and appropriate exercise programming for a client informed by client data analysis
  4. Design effective educational approaches necessary to teach, engage, instruct, and motivate clients.
  5. Apply ethical business and marketing strategies within a personal fitness training context.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, personal fitness trainer and exercise instructor.

Program Content

A minimum of 67.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Courses

All courses, 41.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this associate’s degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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