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Personal Trainer: Advanced

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Trainer: Advanced is designed to prepare students for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) 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 CCL in Personal Trainer coupled with some additional advanced and specialized courses.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Personal Trainer: Advanced (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5445
Total Credits Required
31-31.5
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain health and human movement using a fundamental understanding of the relevant scientific concepts of physiology, biomechanics and psychology.
  2. Locate and evaluate relevant scholarly literature.
  3. Conduct and interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate evidence based physical activity programs that promote health, improve fitness, and enhance quality of life.
  5. Apply theories of motivation and behavior change to develop and implement strategies for improving exercise adoption and adherence.
  6. Explain the role of culture in physical activity and health behaviors.
  7. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions.
  8. Adapt instructional techniques to ensure client safety and goal attainment.
  9. Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals.
  10. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner.
  11. Use relevant scholarly literature, to inform decision making and solve problems.
  12. Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

$34,486

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Gateway course SB 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition Lab is not required for this program or SG in combo w/ FON241LL 3
PED+++ Select one PED Courses from list in notes area PED101BC OR
PED101BS OR
PED101CY OR PED101GF OR PED101KB OR
PED101PC OR PED101PS OR PED101SR OR
PED101TC OR
PED101TX OR
PED101YG OR PED101YH OR
PED101YO OR PED101YP OR PED101YR OR PED101ZU
1
EMT101 or
HES106
Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification 0–0.5
PED101ST Strength Training 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
EXS215 Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques 3
EXS217 Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training 3
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
or
EXS275 or
(EXS275AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AB and
EXS275AA)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) or Methods Of Enhancing Physical Performance or (Sport Science Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Gateway course SB 3
PED+++ Any one PED Course from list in notes area PED101BC OR
PED101BS OR
PED101CY OR PED101GF OR PED101KB OR
PED101PC OR PED101PS OR PED101SR OR
PED101TC OR
PED101TX OR
PED101YG OR PED101YH OR
PED101YO OR PED101YP OR PED101YR OR PED101ZU
1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition Lab is not required for this program or SG in combo w/ FON241LL 3
PED101ST Strength Training 1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EMT101 or
HES106
Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification 0–0.5
EXS215 Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques 3
EXS217 Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training 3
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
or
EXS275 or
(EXS275AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AB and
EXS275AA)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) or Methods Of Enhancing Physical Performance or (Sport Science Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) 1–3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Personal Trainer: Advanced (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=161957).


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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019