Exercise Specialist Certificate - 12 credits
Why Choose an Exercise Specialist Certificate?
These professionals create individualized and group exercise programs for apparently healthy populations and special-need populations.
Degrees & Certificates in Exercise Science
- Click on the REQUIREMENTS Tab above to find out the required courses to complete an Exercise Specialist Certificate.
- The Exercise Specialist Certificate includes courses that provide comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students to successfully participate in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Training Examination and enter the workforce as a personal trainer working with generally healthy populations.
- Associate of Science Degree in Exercise Science is a rigorous, science-based, 60-credit degree that includes several Exercise Science-specific courses and prepares students for transition similar to Exercise Science B.S. or B.A. programs.
The Exercise Science Department teaches the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification curriculum within their professional required courses.
Careers as an Exercise Specialist
Projected Job GrowthThe Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 19% from 2012 to 2022 for Exercise Physiologists and Athletic Trainers, and 13% for fitness trainers and instructors, faster than the average for all occupations.
Types of Jobs
Individuals who study in Exercise Science typically pursue careers in the field of:
- Athletic Trainers
- Exercise Physiologists
- Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
- Physical Therapists
Average State Pay
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, athletic trainers and exercise physiologists earned an annual median salary of $42,690 nationally ($20.52 per hour).
Fitness trainers and instructors earn a median salary of $31,720 per year ($15.25).
Exercise specialists develop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.
Exercise Specialists typically do the following:
- Analyze a patient's medical history to determine the best possible exercise and fitness regimen
- Perform fitness tests with medical equipment and analyze the subsequent patient data
- Measure body fat, blood pressure, oxygen usage, and other key patient health indicators
- Develop exercise programs to improve patient health
- Supervise clinical tests to ensure patient safety
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Individuals in Exercise Science may also pursue professions in:
- Orthotic and Prosthetic Therapies
- Pathology and Experimental Pathology
- Physical Therapy
- Physical Therapy Assisting
- Podiatric Medicine
The Exercise Specialist Certificate includes Exercise Science courses that provide comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students to successfully participate in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Training Examination and enter the workforce as a personal trainer working with generally healthy populations.
The Exercise Specialist Certificate is recognized as a "career laddering" opportunity for our students to encourage further retention of degree completion while students gain additional credentials to professionally compete for careers within the fitness industry. Students will need to complete and present current national certification of adult CPR and AED prior to taking a national personal training certification exam. This is not part of Normandale's Fitness Professional Certification. Students must have a grade of "C" or higher in the following four courses to earn the certificate.
Required Courses - 12 credits
|EXSC 2300||Introduction to Exercise Science||3|
|EXSC 2305||Exercise Physiology||3|
|EXSC 2310||Foundations of Personal Training||3|
|EXSC 2315||Exercise Prescription||3|
Other Certificate Requirements
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
- Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.