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ENROLL NOW. SCC students graduate qualified to enroll in upper-level coursework at comparable Exercise Science programs at four-year institutions.

Nationwide, employment is expected to grow 13% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, workforce sources report. About 1,500 openings are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

With increasing obesity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and medical costs associated with inactivity, the importance of highly qualified fitness professionals has never been greater. Better health and fitness translate to fewer sick days, lower insurance rates, and an overall improvement in personal and professional lives. All of this means that the need for qualified professionals will continue to rise. With the growth of the fitness industry, there was a need for a prestigious and credible personal training program. Personal trainers are health and fitness professionals who use an individualized approach to assess, motivate, educate, and train clients regarding their health and fitness needs.

Personal trainers design safe and effective exercise science programs, guide clients in achieving their personal health and fitness goals, and respond appropriately in emergency situations. Recognizing their own area of expertise, personal trainers also refer clients to other healthcare professionals when appropriate. As a personal trainer, you will be part of the preventive health care team working in health and fitness clubs, wellness centers both public and private, recreation facilities, hospital and rehabilitation centers, corporate fitness, personal training studios, resorts, in-home training, sports training and athletic performance facilities, college fitness centers and private industry.

Graduates of SCC’s Exercise Science Program are prepared to take a national personal trainer certifying examination given by a few organizations that set the standards in personal training. Along with the exercise science program, the national certification provides evidence of competence within the field of exercise science and qualifies graduates to plan and implement exercise programs for healthy individuals or those who have medical clearance to exercise.

The exercise science program facilitates motivation and adherence as well as develops and administers programs designed to enhance muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and/or any of the motor skill related components of physical fitness—i.e. balance, coordination, and reaction time, to name a few.

The Associate in Arts (AA) Emphasis in Exercise Science
provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Sport Science, Healthy Lifestyles Coaching, or Fitness and Wellness. With a bachelor’s degree, students may pursue a career as a fitness specialist director, strength and conditioning specialist, healthy lifestyles coach, or an exercise physiologist. With a graduate degree, students may pursue careers in several fields, including but not limited to physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, medicine, and physician assistant.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance
program prepares students for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certifications. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment entry-level positions such as personal training within health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, and public and private recreation facilities. This curriculum also provides good preparation for transfer to a four-year bachelor program.
The Certificate of Achievement in Personal Trainer: Advanced
is designed to prepare students for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certifications. These certifications are generally required for employment in personal training positions and/or professional advancement within the fitness industry. The curriculum includes the foundational courses required for the CA in Personal Trainer coupled with some additional advanced and specialized courses.
The Certificate of Specialization in Personal Trainer
is designed to provide students with the foundational skills needed to design and implement fitness routines appropriate to clients’ goals and aligned with current industry best practices. The curriculum for this certificate fosters the development of critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills important for developing and implementing individualized exercise programs.
Workers in Exercise Science-related jobs average about $51,474 per year in Missouri
-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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