Prairie State College provides real world training that expands beyond the classroom with its career programs. The number of health and fitness facilities in the U.S. continues to grow, pumping up the number of professionals needed in this red-hot industry. Students interested in fitness orientated careers train on professional equipment with instructors who have real world knowledge. To supplement classroom work and to gain first-hand experience, students perform an internship. More than 90 percent of PSC’s Personal Training certificate graduates are hired by the place they intern. Internship sites may require immunizations and negative background checks.
Program Brochure (pdf)
Fitness and Exercise A.A.S. Degree
Fitness and exercise students will be taught the skills needed to pursue professions in the fitness/exercise industry. Students in the fitness/exercise program will acquire an academic foundation in the fundamentals, principles of exercise and nutrition as well as an understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Practical skills will focus on the development of expertise in fitness assessment, creative health and fitness programming, biomechanically sound exercise techniques, training methodology, lifestyle change prescription, personalized exercise leadership, and business practices. In addition, courses in English, math, communication, exercise physiology, special populations, and administration of an exercise facility will prepare the student to be a qualified fitness professional.
Group Fitness Instructor
Group Fitness Instructor prepares students to provide group instruction in fitness. Students acquire basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and nutrition as it relates to weight management. They are trained in first aid, CPR, and AED, and learn to motivate students using a full range of instructional strategies.
Personal Trainer Certificate
Personal Trainers will acquire an academic foundation in the fundamental principles of exercise and nutrition, and a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Practical skill training will focus on the development of expertise in fitness assessment, creative health and fitness programming, biomechanically sound exercise techniques, training methodology, lifestyle change prescription, personalized exercise leadership and business practices.
Degrees and Certificates
View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.
For more information, contact Pam Kraay or an advisor.