Personal Training

Associate of Arts Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in personal training. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 31 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HLTH 1060 Comprehensive Medical Terminology
This course establishes a solid foundation of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, abbreviations, medical terms and symbols. It emphasizes understanding the medical vocabulary as it applies to the anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic procedures of the human body.
3
HPER 1240 Circuit Training
A fitness class designed to give the student knowledge of physical training utilizing a prescribed exercise circuit and-or stations.
1
HPER 1245 Weight Management
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles for weight management. The course will focus on ways to improve the student's ability to lose weight and inches and maintain those losses. The importance of exercise, daily calorie goals, food guide pyramid, and food portions are topics that will be covered.
1
HPER 1270 Aerobic Fitness
An assortment of various aerobic activities designed primarily for cardiovascular health. Includes aerobic dance, aerobic circuit training, walking and jogging workouts, Tae-Bo and Pilates.
1
HPER 1325 Introduction to Yoga
An introduction to all types of yoga including: Hatha, Jnana, Karma, and Bakti with an emphasis on Raja. The student will gain physical flexibility, respiration control and control of the mind functions. Anatomy and physiology will be covered in respect to function of the nervous system as it affects all of the bodily functions. Students may register twice for this class.
1
HPER 1326 Introduction to Pilates
A study of the eight principles of Pilates including body awareness, posture, and muscle imbalances. Students may register twice for this class.
1
HPER 1510 Introduction to Physical Education
Designed for the physical education student. Orientation to physical education, history, principles, objectives, careers, and a survey of the scope of activities in the physical education curriculum.
3
HPER 2200 First Aid and CPR for the Healthcare Provider
Study and application of the principles and techniques involved in the administration of first aid and basic life support for healthcare providers. This course focuses on the students who provide healthcare to patients in a wide variety of settings including in-hospital and out of hospital settings. The course deals with prevention of accidents, emergency first aid care and treatment including CPR and AED for the healthcare provider that can be given until the services of emergency personnel are available. This course meets all standards for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and the BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR and AED training courses.
3
PRTR 2210 Introduction to Personal Training
Introductory course designed to develop an understanding of the principals necessary for providing personal training. Topics include components of fitness, general nutrition principles including weight management, functional anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and pre-exercise screening.
4
HPER 2300 Stress Management
Course designed to combine theory with practical applications necessary to manage stress and promote wellness. Topics include but are not limited to, communicating, thinking, feeling, playing and working, self-responsibility, breathing, sensing, eating, moving, and finding meaning.
3
HPER 2400 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Survey of common athletic injuries, including prevention, evaluation, care, rehabilitation, training methods, taping methods, reconditioning, and other therapeutic modalities.
3
PRTR 2410 Advanced Personal Training
Advanced course designed to apply the principles necessary for providing personal training. Topics include assessment of physical fitness, exercise programming components, flexibility assessment and programming, cardiovascular fitness programming, anaerobic training, resistance training technique, functional training concepts, creating an exercise program, working with special populations, and ethics and professionalism.
4

Core Option Courses

Health, Phys Ed & Rec 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HOEC 1050 Nutrition
Study of the basic principles of nutrition in health and disease throughout the human life cycle.
3
HPER 1520 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport
The purpose of this course is to investigate and clarify the relationship between nutrition and human performance. The focus will include a study of the following areas: nutrition, energy value of food, metabolic rates, calorimetry, body composition, aerobic and anaerobic power, physiological conditioning and nutritional requirements.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the forms and functions of the dramatic arts within a historical perspective. Includes an introduction to basic theatre skills as well as an introduction to a range of dramatic literature.
3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2070 Technical Communications
Covers both written and oral technical communications including, but not limited to, technical library research and semi technical or technical explanations of scientific and engineering topics.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3
ENGL 2110 Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to mainly, but not limited to, American poetry from hearing and reading aloud and experiencing poetry as an art to be enjoyed. Course includes a wide variety of reading: traditional poets in American canon, avant-garde poetry, Midwest poetry as well as women's poetry.
3
THEA 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2150 American Literature to 1865
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3
ENGL 2200 British Literature to 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2720 Introduction to Literature of the Great Plains and the American West
The study, through written literature of fiction, nonfiction and poetry of the territory west of the Missouri River, especially that expanse called the Great Plains. Study would include both the early people and those who attempted to displace them.
3
ENGL 2730 The Novel and the Movie
Readings in fiction and viewing of films based on or elaborating on that fiction with class discussions on the relationships between the fiction and the film. Written response to reading and viewing is expected.
3

Fine Arts & Language 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the 14th Century. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the 14th Century to the present. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

select from list or any other higher level of college math
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3

Natural Science 4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 2110 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Introduction to the form and function of the human body. Including: organization, basic chemistry, cells, tissues, skin, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. Lab exercises will use demonstration and inquiry techniques.
4

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1000 American Government
A study of the functioning of the American political system through an analysis and application of its underlying theories.
3
GEOG 1020 World Regional Geography
Regional survey of world's political units and theoretical framework for understanding geographical phenomena and problems with emphasis on relationship of human activities and physical environment.
3
POLS 1600 International Relations
A survey of the actors, institutions, processes, and theories of international relations including a study of contemporary global issues.
3
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

ENGL 1010 required - must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

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