Oct 30, 2020  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Personal Trainer, CAS

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Personal Trainers are responsible for safe and effective exercise prescription in health and fitness club settings. Thorough understanding of anatomy, muscle function, exercise prescription, basic nutrition and fitness assessment provide personal  trainers with the knowledge to safely structure exercise programs for clients. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Learn how to motivate clients in exercise and healthy life choices;
  • Gain confidence to create safe and effective exercise programs;
  • Understand how the body works to create muscle and metabolize fat;
  • Become knowledgeable in fitness assessment techniques; and
  • Develop relationships with other fitness professionals for lifelong learning.

Required Courses

First Semester Total: 15

Second Semester Total: 15

Total Credits: 30

1This course is only offered fall semester.
2This course is only offered spring semester.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Program Information

  • Graduates of this program will be prepared to sit for a national certification exam through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM),  National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Opportunities After Graduation

  • Fitness facilities require the expertise of proficient personal trainers. This is a growing industry with many job opportunities.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                                            
Karrie Bolivar Lori Elwell, M.A.
LRC 129 BC 123D
(406) 756-3880 (406) 756-3899
kbolivar@fvcc.edu lelwell@fvcc.edu

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students may earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for some transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.


Gainful Employment

For occupational information, tuition and fees, and other gainful employment disclosures, visit our website at www.fvcc.edu/gainfulemployment.html.

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