Jul 14, 2024  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Fitness Technician: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 63 credits

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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: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx  
Course fees: $52
Supplies: $100.00
Other: $125 FMS Credential, $300 ACSM CPT Credential

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Studies (QS):  MATH 1010 or
                                               FIN 1380

Human Relations (HR): MKTG 1010 or
                                        MKTG 1960

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.

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Fitness Technician AAS: Full-time  
  • 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 Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, as they relate to movement and exercise. [1,3,8]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of strength, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory training principles. [1]
  • Using current industry markers, students will demonstrate knowledge and application of the skills to evaluate and assess health and fitness levels in potential clients. [1,2,3,4,5,8]
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of behavior modification and motivational interview techniques when working with fitness clients. [1,2,4,5,7]
  • 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. [1,2,4,5]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fitness industry business practices, certifications, ethics, laws, scope of practice and professionalism. [1,2,6,7]
  • Certify with a nationally recognized body preparing them for work in the fitness industry. [1,7]

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