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To promote personal wellness, healthy lifestyles, and good nutrition to students, faculty, and the community through safe, educational and fun learning experiences.
To provide students the ability to lead other individuals in safe and effective methods of exercise while demonstrating healthy lifestyles, proper nutrition, and fitness programs or transfer to a higher education institution to further their education in exercise science or other health-related program.
For those students seeking an entry level position in health and fitness, the Exercise Science Program at
Collins Career Center prepares students for necessary industry certifications as well as the knowledge and
motivation to continue as life-long learners in health and fitness. This program will provide students with
the ability to lead clients in safe and effective methods of exercise while demonstrating healthy lifestyles,
proper nutrition, and fitness programs or transfer to a higher education institution to further their education
in exercise science or other health-related programs. The Exercise Science Program is a two (2) year program
that begins in August of each year. Upon completion of this program, Mountwest Community and Technical College
awards an Associate of Applied Science in Exercise Science upon completion of all required course work. Graduates
of this program are prepared to take the ACSM’s certification exam. Careers settings for graduates from this
program vary from clinical to non-clinical, hospital based, community facilities, private clubs, and corporate
fitness centers. Common job titles in this field: Health & Wellness Specialist , Personal Trainer, Strength and
Conditioning Coach, Exercise Specialist, Group Fitness Specialist, Performance Coach, Recreation Coordinator,
and Fitness Director.
Collins Career Center Classes:
- Introduction to Exercise Science
- Principles of Fitness and Wellness
- Methods of Exercise Teaching
- Exercise Assessment & Prescription
- Principles of Sports Training
- Care & Prevention of Injuries
- Motor Development
- Special Exercise Considerations & Populations
- Principles of EKG
- Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science
- Psychology of Fitness & Wellness
- Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness
- Fitness Management
- Physiology of Fitness
- Certification Preparatory Course
- Clinical I, II, III, IV
Mountwest Community and Technical College Classes:
- Written Communications
- Medical Terminology
- College Algebra for Allied Health
- Oral Communications
- Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology
Graduation (Certificate) Requirements:
- The student must achieve an 80%, or above in each didactic course comprising the curriculum of the program.
- The student must achieve an 80%, or above in each clinical course comprising the curriculum of the program.
- The student must achieve an 80%, or above on all clinical competency evaluations.
- The student must complete and pass the required clinical competency exams.
- Minimum ACT score of 21 within the past three (3) years OR
- Successful completion of the pre-entrance (Work Keys) examination with a score of four (4) in Locating for Information, and five (5) in both the Math and Reading for Comprehension within the past three (3) years.