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Strength, Nutrition & Personal Training AAS


The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Strength, Nutrition, and Personal Training program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience required to be eligible for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Instructor Certification, ACSM personal trainer certification, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) personal trainer certification, and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certification. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a stronger educational background making them more marketable in the field of fitness and nutrition. This degree may also meet the needs of individuals with existing degrees in such fields as Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Athletic Training and other health related disciplines. Registered dietitians, clinical exercise physiologists, personal trainers, exercise specialists, strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, athletes and others interested in acquiring knowledge in exercise, nutrition and health are also eligible for this program.

Personal Training Specialist


The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Training Specialist program is designed to help prepare students for employment in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer. This curriculum provides students with a fundamental knowledge of human physiology and anatomy, introduction into career options in the field of Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education/Coaching, emergency response readiness, health appraisals and assessments; application of exercise fitness principles and strength and cardiorespiratory training techniques; a fundamental knowledge of nutrition, exercise physiology, and biomechanics; skills in exercise testing and fitness measures as well as writing exercise prescriptions and program designs for diverse populations. 

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AAS and CCL Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

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University Transfer

AAS and CCL graduates can transfer credits to other colleges/universities for their Bachelor’s degree in various health or recreation related fields. If you intend to transfer to ASU, please meet with the Program Director or an Advisor to be sure you're taking the courses that will transfer directly to the ASU degree of your choice.
The Arizona Course Applicability System provides information on courses, course equivalencies, and program requirements at all public universities in Arizona.