Personal Trainer Program Program Course Description


  • PFT118
  • PFT100
  • PFT101
  • PFT102
  • PFT103
  • PFT104
  • PFT105
  • PFT106
  • PFT107
  • PFT108
  • PFT109
  • PFT110
  • PFT111
  • PFT112
  • PFT113
  • PFT114
  • PFT115
  • PFT119
  • PFT122-A through D
Anatomy & Physiology for the Fitness Professional
  • Lecture Hours: 60
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Contact Hours: 60
  • Prerequisites: None

Students in this course will learn about human anatomy, including the nervous, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems.

In addition, students will learn about the skeletal system, including the bony landmarks and joints, the muscular system to include origin and insertion and function of the major muscles of the body, and the integumentary system to include skin and its function and pathologies.

Leadership, Business & Sales
  • Lecture Hours: 30
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Contact Hours: 30
  • Prerequisites: None

Students in this course will learn how to become successful business owners. In addition, students will learn basic business principles and how to create a successful career as a personal fitness trainer.

Students will also learn about office productivity software, marketing materials, resume´ development, business-plan development, licensing, and continuing education in the fitness industry.

Essentials & Fitness Assessment
  • Lecture Hours: 0
  • Lab Hours: 60
  • Contact Hours: 60
  • Prerequisites: None

Personal fitness trainers are required to perform subjective assessments, objective assessments, and movement assessments with their clients to provide quality personal training services.

This course provides students with a practical opportunity to develop and hone those skills.

Students are introduced to training techniques for use in program design courses.

OPT™ For Sport-Specific Training
  • Lecture Hours: 0
  • Lab Hours: 60
  • Contact Hours: 60
  • Prerequisites: None

This lab course is the practical application of program design for sport-specific clients.

Students will be able to design cardiorespiratory training programs, power opt™ programs, and programs for clients who participate in individual competition or team sports.

Students will apply principles of reactive neuromuscular training (plyometric) and integrated speed training to help clients achieve their established goals.

Exercise Psychology & Lifestyle Coaching I
  • Lecture Hours: 20
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Contact Hours: 20
  • Prerequisites: None

Students in this course learn the basics of personal and professional leadership as well as motivational and situational techniques to use during interaction with clients to enhance positive behavioral change.

Students also learn how to apply a holistic, integrated, principledcentered approach to organizing personal lives and motivating people to be physically active.

Exercise Psychology & Lifestyle Coaching II
  • Lecture Hours: 20
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Contact Hours: 20
  • Prerequisites: None

This course introduces the student to psychological concepts necessary for effectively motivating clients.

Students learn the effects of planned stress (e.g., exercise) and recovery (e.g., sleep, massage) on mental health, physical performance, and health-related quality of life.

This course lays the foundation for students to effectively promote personal training and as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise Physiology
  • Lecture Hours: 40
  • Lab Hours: 20
  • Contact Hours: 60
  • Prerequisites: None

Students in this course learn about the physiological adjustments that occur within the body during exercise.

In addition, students learn about the physiological systems as they are affected by physical exercise, including observations of respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and metabolic adjustments to physical exercise.

Special Populations Fitness Prescription
  • Lecture Hours: 20
  • Lab Hours: 20
  • Contact Hours: 40
  • Prerequisites: None

Students in this course will learn and practice the skills and knowledge to develop fitness programs for clientele requiring special considerations.

Populations to be studied include youths, seniors, pregnant women, obese people, diabetic people, those with osteoporosis, those with arthritis, and those with increased cardiorespiratory disease risk factors.

Advanced Fitness Nutrition I
  • Lecture Hours: 30
  • Lab Hours: 10
  • Contact Hours: 40
  • Prerequisites: None

Nutritional guidance and support for overall health, weight loss, and long-term weight management is in high-demand.

This course will provide essential knowledge and skill regarding energy balance, caloric needs, activity, metabolism, and food choices.

Advanced Fitness Nutrition II
  • Lecture Hours: 30
  • Lab Hours: 10
  • Contact Hours: 40
  • Prerequisites: None

This course will provide the student with skills and theory necessary for developing individualized nutritional plans and how clients can stay motivated and on target.

Lifespan Fitness Solutions
  • Lecture Hours: 40
  • Lab Hours: 20
  • Contact Hours: 60
  • Prerequisites: None

In this course, the student will develop and demonstrate the appropriate skills and understanding necessary when applying fitness principles to specialized populations throughout the lifespan.

The student will learn to tailor their approach to assessment and program design to the youth participant and the senior client. Special considerations, precautions and adaptations will be covered respective to each group's needs, abilities and limitations.

Principles of Weight Management
  • Lecture Hours: 40
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Contact Hours: 40
  • Prerequisites: None

This course will define the difference between being overweight and obese and highlight the physiological, psychological, and health effects of weight control.

Participants will address alternative human assessment methodologies as well as weight loss specific programming.

After completion of this course students will be able to communicate effectively potential plateaus and engage motivational strategies to keep the clients moving towards their goals.

Fitness Program Design I
  • Lecture Hours: 0
  • Lab Hours: 25
  • Contact Hours: 25
  • Prerequisites: None

In this course students are instructed in the exercise principles necessary for effective program design of goal-specific opt™ programs, stabilization opt™ programs, strength opt™ programs, and cardiorespiratory training programs for each client.

Concepts of Corrective Exercises
  • Lecture Hours: 25
  • Lab Hours: 25
  • Contact Hours: 50
  • Prerequisites: None

This course will present an evidence-based approach to corrective exercise, the components of a comprehensive solution, and the practical know-how to develop and implement integrated strategies to improve common movement impairments.

Fitness Program Design II
  • Lecture Hours: 0
  • Lab Hours: 25
  • Contact Hours: 25
  • Prerequisites: None

In this course students are provided with the skills necessary to implement appropriate exercise techniques. Additionally, the student will develop the understanding of how to modify, progress, and regress exercises as part of an overall fitness program design.

The lab requires hands on demonstration of the principles of flexibility training, course stability training, and neuromuscular stabilization training.

Fitness Program Design III
  • Lecture Hours: 25
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Contact Hours: 25
  • Prerequisites: None

In this course the student will understand and be able to implement the safe usage of exercise equipment and training modalities.

Different models of resistance training will be described and the student will be expected to incorporate these into the OPT™ model of training.

NASM – CPT Exam Prep
  • Lecture Hours: 40
  • Lab Hours: 20
  • Contact Hours: 60
  • Prerequisites: None

This course provides the student with tips and essential skills to take and pass the NASM-CPT (certified personal trainer) nationally accredited certification examination.

This course provides the student with how to prepare for the exam and a comprehensive review of the requirements to demonstrate proficiency in the performance domains of basic and applied sciences; assessment; exercise technique and training instruction; program design; considerations in nutrition; client relations and behavioral coaching; and professional development, practice, and responsibility.

The certification test will be presented during the last class session, and students who successfully complete the training will receive the NASMCPT designation.

Professional Development
  • Lecture Hours: 25
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Contact Hours: 25
  • Prerequisites: None

The students will concentrate on various strategies that include job search, resume´ formats, necessary pre-employment letters, and interview techniques.

The students will develop effective communication skills to interact professionally with clients and colleagues.

Kinesiology of Human Movement
  • Lecture Hours: 40
  • Lab Hours: 20
  • Contact Hours: 60
  • Prerequisites: None

Students will learn about the study of anatomy, biomechanics, and muscles, including the principles of human movement and the description of structure, function, and kinesiology of the extremities.

Topics include joints, bones, and muscles of the upper extremities and shoulders. Furthermore, students will learn the origin, insertion, and action of the skeletal muscles.

Students will consider various exercise techniques to understand the kinetics of human motion.

Fitness Practicum
  • Lecture Hours: 0
  • Practicum Hours: 25
  • Contact Hours: 25
  • Prerequisites: None

In this course students will have the opportunity to participate with other classmates in a fitness gym. Students will break off into groups and play the role of a professional fitness trainer and client.

As a fitness trainer the student will assess their client’s (classmate) need and create a fitness plan that best suits them. Students will have an opportunity to work with various individuals in a supervised setting.

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