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Fitness Specialist

Fitness Specialist

STEM and Health Professions

Why Study Fitness?

Students who successfully complete the program are prepared to take national certification exams to become a personal trainer. Being trained in wellness and physical fitness can prepare you for an important role in helping to resolve some of the current health challenges facing our nation. By teaching others how to develop and maintain healthy levels of fitness and exercise you will be helping them to lower their risk of developing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Studies also show a correlation between maintaining healthy levels of physical activity and good mental health.

Occupational Objectives:

Upon completion of this certificate, graduates will be prepared for a career as fitness trainers, directors and managers, working in private, public, or corporate fitness centers.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Fitness at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition for a high quality education. Financial Aid available.
  2. SUPPORT: Dedicated faculty. Small class sizes allow more individual attention. Free tutoring.
  3. CAREER: This certificate serves as a foundation in multiple recreation and wellness fields.
  4. FLEXIBLE: Many courses are offered days or evenings. Childcare on campus.
  5. FACULTY: Learn from faculty who offer combined practical work experience with advanced academic degrees.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

Students will become educated in workout development, fitness counseling, nutrition and exercise science as well as gaining valuable hands-on experience by participating in an internship. Our 90,000 sq. ft. Fieldhouse includes a fitness center, basketball courts, human performance lab, racquetball courts, and a half-Olympic size swimming pool. There are 11 competitive sports teams at RCC, with golf, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and bowling for men and soccer, basketball, volleyball, bowling and tennis for women.

Sample Courses:

  • Human Nutrition Science
  • Sports Management
  • Concepts of Resistance Training
  • Applied Concepts of Resistance Training
  • Fitness Counseling
  • Fitness Practicum


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

This 25 credit program is appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming personal trainers but do not have academic experience in the field. The certificate provides an opportunity to begin a new career, or as a springboard towards pursuing an additional degree in the fitness field. The program will provide students with an effective and dynamic education that focuses on resistance training, exercise science, fitness counseling, exercise program design, nutrition, communication skills, and management.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate proper program design for a variety of individuals seeking an exercise program.
  • Develop a variety of skills related to learning core concepts in resistance training.
  • Evaluate the health and fitness status of prospective clients seeking a personal trainer.
  • Demonstrate proper communication skills when dealing with clients.
  • Understand how nutrition has an impact on exercise performance.
  • Integrate management skills into training sessions.
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