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Stand out in the competitive world of fitness training by earning a Kinesiology degree from Pierce College! Open the doors to exciting new career paths by gaining advanced knowledge in nutrition and exercise, weight management, fitness training, client care and marketing, athletic coaching, injury management and more. Students also enjoy access to one of the most technologically advanced health assessment laboratories in the state. Graduates can set themselves apart as a trainer, or transfer to partner institutions such as Pacific Lutheran University and save money on a four-year degree in physical therapy, sports medicine, athletic management or nursing.

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Enrollment is open throughout the year.

Students should see course descriptions for prerequisite information. For many students, testing is a critical step to getting on track with their college education. The Testing Centers at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College Puyallup can help you determine what course best suits your needs, allow you to take courses online or through multimedia presentations, challenge courses to receive college credit, or offer you a chance to earn a GED.

Program length
Requirements for the Kinesiology AAS-T degree can be completed in two years. The Personal Training Certificate and Athletic Coaching Certificate can be finished in one year.

Core curriculum
The core curriculum in this program includes courses in:

  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Essentials of weight management
  • Essentials of fitness training
  • Client care and marketing
  • Health assessment and fitness testing
  • Athletic training and acute injury management
  • Wellness
  • Anatomy and physiology

Special program features
Using Pierce College Fort Steilacoom's new $9 million Health Education Center, the Kinesiology program melds classroom instruction with the most technologically advanced laboratory equipment available. In the Health Assessment Laboratory, students gain critical, hands-on experience performing health tests and assessments, including hydrostatic weighing to test body composition and Max VO2 assessment with a metabolic cart. Knowing how and when to perform these critical tests gives students a competitive edge in various athletic and healthcare careers.

Employment possibilities
An AA degree in Kinesiology and the Certificate in Personal Training from Pierce College can help you become a personal fitness trainer, group fitness trainer, athletic trainer, exercise physiologist in clinical settings, pre-physical therapy, recreational supervisory, wellness consultant, lifestyle/health coach, nutritionist, or a educator in health care settings.

From the Department of Labor:
Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs is expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

Lisa Murray
Kinesiology and Physical Therapy Assistant Program Coordinator