Personal Training Curriculum
|Course Code||Title||Course Outlines||Goal Areas||Credits|
|EXSC 1050||Weight Training and||View-EXSC 1050||n/a||1|
|EXSC 1060||Advanced Weight Training and||View-EXSC 1060||n/a||2|
|HLTH 1070||Nutrition and||View-HLTH 1070||n/a||3|
|EXSC 1900||Worldwide Fitness and Wellness Trends and||View-EXSC 1900||n/a||1|
|EXSC 2010||Essentials of Exercise Science and||View-EXSC 2010||n/a||3|
|EXSC 2100||Concepts of Training and||View-EXSC 2100||n/a||3|
|EXSC 2110||Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription and||View-EXSC 2110||n/a||3|
|EXSC 2200||Applications of Training and||View-EXSC 2200||n/a||2|
|EXSC 2490||Kinesiology and||View-EXSC 2490||n/a||4|
|EXSC 2600||Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change||View-EXSC 2600||n/a||2|
Course Title: Weight Training Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 1
Course Description: This course will introduce students to strength training for the development of lifelong physical fitness. Students will develop the basic principles of designing and participating in a safe and effective resistance training program.
Course Title: Advanced Weight Training Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 2
Course Description: Advanced Weight Training is a course designed to further the students knowledge, techniques, and comprehension of advanced principles of weight training. Application of these techniques and principles to promote and maintain fitness for is the primary goal for this course. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: EXSC 1050 or Instructor Approval
Course Title: Nutrition Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 3
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental truths of nutrition principles, health promotion and disease prevention throughout life.   Topics include, in part, the study of carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals and their function and role in healthy living.  It will provide introductory nutritional information for career paths in nursing and other similar fields of study.
Course Title: Worldwide Fitness and Wellness Trends Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 1
Course Description: This course is designed to explore the constantly evolving field of Exercise Science. In the rise and fall of fitness trends, students must be equipped with basic scientific understanding in exercise theories to discern between trends, fads, safe, and harmful methods for physical training. This course seeks to empower students with the knowledge in exercise science and wellness to improve their lives and of those around them.
Course Title: Essentials of Exercise Science Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 3
Course Description: This course provides an in-depth look into topics such as the acute and chronic physiological and psychological responses to exercise, exercise anatomy, exercise metabolism, and how the nervous, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems respond during exercise. (3 hours lecture)Prerequisite: Placement into Engl 1201It is strongly recommended that students in the Personal Training Certificate program take EXSC 2010 and EXSC 2100 at the same time in order to sit for the NASM-CPT exam.
Course Title: Concepts of Training Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 3
Course Description: This course will allow students to research, explore, discuss, and compare different training strategies based on empirical research that are designed to improve health, wellness, and performance, and to modify lifestyle behaviors. Students will comprehend how and when to apply each training method upon distinguishing individual needs and wants of different persons while adhering to current training guidelines, principles of training, and current accepted Exercise Science training theories.In order to sit for the NASM-CPT exam, it is strongly recommended that students register for both 2010 and 2100 at the same time.
Course Title: Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 3
Course Description: This course is designed to expose students to practical application scenarios in which they will conduct risk factor screenings, fitness assessments, and exercise programming (including appropriate progressions, instructions and spotting techniques). The purpose of this course is to facilitate the application of theoretical concepts previously learned; therefore, offering a bridge between theory and practice.Students will also have the opportunity to design, implement, and modify exercise programs for real and/or theoretical clients under direct supervision.
Course Title: Applications of Training Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 2
Course Description: This course will allow students to devise, apply, analyze, and practice different training strategies based on empirical research that are designed to improve health, wellness, and performance, and to modify lifestyle behaviors. Students will apply specific training methods to individuals based on the results of initial fitness testing and interview while adhering to current training guidelines, principles of training, and current accepted Exercise Science training theories. (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)Prerequisite: EXSC 2100 with a grade of C or better
Course Title: Kinesiology Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 4
Course Description: Course Content includes study of human movement and the muscular system. Skeletal and major muscular systems will be studied in detail in order to better understand how human movement is produced. Students will anatomically analyze movements and be introduced to the concepts of biomechanics. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisites: EXSC 2010 - Essentials of Exercise Science (Minimum grade: 1.67 GPA Equivalent)
Course Title: Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change Goal Areas: n/a Credits: 2
Course Description: The course will provide students with key tools for promoting behavior change and creating a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Concepts essential to understanding the psychological and behavioral aspects of wellbeing will be explored. Applications are made to future exercise science professionals in aiding oneself and others in the movement towards wellness. Students will learn strategies, such as motivational interviewing, decisional balance, operant conditioning, and appreciative inquiry, in order to aide oneself and clients through the stages of change and healthier habits.
|9 Credits must be earned at NHCC|
|Total Credits Required||25|
|Notes Upon completion of EXSC 2100, the student will have the opportunity to complete the NASM certification exam for Personal Training. Students who complete the Personal Trainer Certificate Program may choose to continue their education by completing their A.S. Degree at NHCC. In addition, after completing their A.S. Degree, they may further their education by transferring to St. Cloud State University or Augsburg College, to which the current degree allows a seamless transfer.|
- Apply principles, skills, and methods related to biomechanics, exercise physiology, health promotion, exercise prescription and sport psychology..
Intellectual and Practical Skills
- Inquiry and analysis: Apply the clinical and epidemiological evidence linking physical activity and exercise to mental and physical health..
- Critical and creative thinking: Apply the scientific method to solve problems related to physical activity and health..
- Written and oral communication: Utilize oral and written communication that meets appropriate professional and scientific standards in the field of Kinesiology/Exercise Science..
- Quantitative literacy: Evaluate the effectiveness of human movement using mechanical principles.
- Information literacy: Associate the organic, skeletal, and neuromuscular structures of the human body to psychological factors associated with diverse physical activities..
Teamwork and problem solving: Work effectively in teams by valuing collaboration, providing service to others, and developing relational techniques for lifelong learning and problem solving.
Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement
- Civic knowledge and involvement; campus, local and global: Apply Fitness/Kinesiology related skills to real world problems through empirical research, internships, field experience, and/or service learning.
- Intercultural knowledge and competence: Demonstrate leadership and social responsibility to improve quality of life for others and ensure equitable access for diverse groups by creating appropriate environments to initiate and maintain a physically active, healthy lifestyle.
- Ethical reasoning and action: Model behavior consistent with that of a Kinesiology professional, including 1) advocacy for a healthy, active lifestyle, 2) adherence to professional ethics, 3) service to others, 4) shared responsibility and successful collaboration with peers, and 5) pursuit of learning beyond NHCC.
- Foundations and skills for lifelong learning: Safely Develop an individualized exercise prescription based on scientific principles and appropriate evaluation techniques designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease and avoid injuries.
Integrative and Applied Learning:
- Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general education, liberal studies, specialized studies and activities in the broader campus community.
- Assimilate, analyze, synthesize and integrate concepts related to the exercise science field.
- Students will also be able to sit for professional certifications related to personal training, including but not limited to those offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, and select others.
Program roadmaps provide students with a guide to understand the recommended course sequence to complete their degree.
- Personal Training Certificate Program Roadmap Full Time
- Personal Training Certificate Program Roadmap Part Time
Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.
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