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The Physical Education Department offers a diverse curriculum which includes lower division theory courses designed for those who want to complete their Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education and transfer to an institution of higher learning. The Curriculum includes a basic instruction program which provides students a wide variety of movement experiences for the development of physical activity skills, knowledge, and fitness necessary for lifetime wellness; an adapted activities curriculum for students with disabilities; and an intercollegiate athletic program, which offers performance oriented students opportunities for competition.
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*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.
- Personal Trainer
- Group Exercise Leader
- Fitness Management
- Fitness Equipment Sales
Fitness Specialist Certificate Program*
Students in this program are trained to be group exercise leaders and personal trainers. Students in this program learn the principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques of leading exercise classes, appropriate methods of establishing healthy behavior and the designing of personalized exercise prescriptions. Students develop safe, effective exercise plans for a variety of clients.
The Personal Trainer certificate program trains students for positions, entry-level or higher, in the growing fitness industry.
Graduates are qualified to be exercise testing technicians, fitness instructors, strength training instructors, aerobic instructors, and personal fitness trainers.
The fitness industry continued to experience growth and has an ongoing need for trained instructors and trainers in health clubs, fitness centers, and sports medicine clinics.
Please note that students enrolled in an occupational program must earn a grade of “C” or better in courses required for the major.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.