May 29, 2023  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 

Fitness Technician: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 63 credits

Exercise Science Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
LAC 201
General Information 801-957-7522
Program Information 801-957-5055
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Professors - Paul Roberts MS, Chad Harbaugh MS, Julia Wylie MS, Mar Harmer MS

Assistant Professors - Carrie Needham PhD, Jennifer Day PhD, Tony Gryffin PhD, Steven Namanny MS

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.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $2500.00
Supplies: $100.00
Course Fees: $50.00 First Aid/Safety
Other: $125.00 FMS Credential
           $300 ACSM CPT Credential

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is 4 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

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

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

Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, as they relate to movement and exercise.

1, 3, 7

Demonstrate an understanding of strength, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory training principles.


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

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of behavior modification and motivational interview techniques when working with fitness clients.

1, 2, 4, 6

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

Demonstrate an understanding of the fitness industry business practices, certifications, ethics, laws, scope of practice and professionalism.

1, 2, 5, 6

Certify with a nationally recognized body preparing them for work in the fitness industry

1, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Choose 1 course from the following Distribution Areas

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.

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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