Apr 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Fitness Technician: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 64 credits minimum

Health and Lifetime Activities Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, LAC 201, (801) 957-5055
General Information: (801) 957-7522

Academic and Career Advising
Program Advisor: LAC 221, (801) 957-5013

Program Faculty:
Professor - Gustavo Ibarra
Associate Professors - Dollie Richards, Jean Widdison, Paul Roberts
Assistant Professors - Chad Harbaugh, Maryln Harmer, Julia Wylie, Nate Thomas, Juan Aponte

Program Description: The Fitness Technician Program is designed to train students to meet the growing demand in the fitness profession for personal trainers. Core courses include curriculum in nutrition, kinesiology, exercise physiology, client motivation, fitness assessment, program design and 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 the graduate to sit for a certification from various national certifying organizations including (but not limited to): the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Career Opportunities: There is a need for well-trained Personal Trainers/Exercise Clinicians.

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: Open enrollment program

Program/Course Fees: HLTH 1200  requires a $50 course fee

Estimated Cost for Students: Beyond SLCC tuition and fees, total textbook cost is approximately $1,200

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

Specialized Accreditation: Opportunity to certify through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), taken during HLTH 2430 .

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
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
Students will demonstrate knowledge of and the skills to evaluate and assess health and fitness levels in potential clients, using current industry markers. 1, 2, 4, 7
Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skill of behavior modification and motivational interview techniques when working with fitness clients. 1, 2, 4
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fitness industry business practices, certifications, ethics, laws, scope of practice and professionalism. 1, 2, 5
Students will demonstrate the knowledge necessary to design and implement a fitness program specific to client goals, age, gender, fitness levels, and physical limitations. 1, 2, 4
Students will certify with a nationally recognized certifying body preparing them for work in the fitness industry. 1, 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Communication (CM) 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: BIOL 1090 , HLTH 1050 , HLTH 1500  cannot be used for General Education Distribution credit.

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