Feb 28, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Fitness Technician: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 65 credits minimum

Health and Lifetime Activities Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
LAC 201, (801) 957-5055
General Information (801) 957-7522
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Program Advisor LAC 221, (801) 957-5013

Program Faculty
Associate Professors: Paul Roberts, Chad Harbaugh, Julia Wylie, L.Nate Thomas
Assistant Professors:  Juan Aponte Berrios

Program Description
The Fitness Technician Program is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand in the fitness profession for personal trainers and Exercise Is Medicine clinicians. Core course content includes nutrition, kinesiology, exercise physiology, client motivation, fitness assessment, program design principles of weight training, flexibility, and cardio fitness. An internship of 120 hours is required to complete the degree.

Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to sit for certifications from various national organizations including (but not limited to): American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), ACSM - Exercise Is Medicine (EIM)  and Functional Movement Systems (FMS).

Student must earn a ‘C’ grade or above in required core courses to complete program.

Career Opportunities
The Fitness Technician program is designed to give students the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to acquire meaningful employment in the fitness industry. There is a need for well-trained Exercise Therapist and Personal Trainers.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Program is not meant to transfer/articulate as it is meant to lead directly into a fitness profession. Some classes do transfer to four year institutions, check with their advisors for transfer information.

Program Entry Requirements
General SLCC admission requirements.
Fit Tech is an open enrollment program.

Estimated Cost for Students
HLTH 1200 First Aid and Safety  requires a $50 course fee. Textbook cost approximately $800.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
Students will demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, as they relate to movement and exercise. 1, 3, 7
Students will demonstrate an understanding of strength, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory training principles. 1, 8
Using current industry markers, students will demonstrate knowledge and application of the skills to evaluate and assess health and fitness levels in potential clients. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills of behavior modification and motivational interview techniques when working with fitness clients. 1, 2, 4, 6
Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of the skills to design and implement a comprehensive fitness program specific to the clients goals, age, gender, fitness levels, and physical limitations. 1, 2, 4, 8
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fitness industry business practices, certifications, ethics, laws, scope of practice and professionalism. 1, 2, 5, 6
Students will certify with a nationally recognized body preparing them for work in the fitness industry 1, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

Choose an additional course (three credits) from one of the following distribution areas:

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)   3
Social Science (SS)   3

NOTE: If required program courses are used as General Education Distribution credit, additional HLTH elective courses should be taken to meet the credit hour program requirement.


Sample Schedule

Advising Notes

Student must earn ‘C’ grade or above in required courses to complete program.

Additional Program Notes

Please contact the HLA Dept. Associate Dean at (801) 957-5055, early in your program to discuss your career goals and scheduling options to streamline completion.

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