Gain an edge in the competitive world of fitness training with a kinesiology degree. Study nutrition, exercise, weight management, athletic coaching and more. Choose from an associate’s degree or certificate programs.
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.
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 an educator in health care settings.
According to 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.
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.
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.
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About the Program
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.