LCCC Catalog 2022-2023 
    Apr 16, 2024  
LCCC Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science - Personal Trainer, CD

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This program has a spring semester start and is a two semester program of study. The Personal Trainer Credit Diploma is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to become a certified personal trainer. Students who complete the credit diploma are eligible to take the national exams offered by certifying agencies. These agencies include the American College of Sports Medicine, The National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American Council on Exercise. Personal trainers who earn a certification through one of the listed agencies are eligible to be employed at any major health club, such as 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, and the YMCA. Students may also begin a private business as a personal trainer or work within organizations as health & wellness coaches. Students who complete the credit diploma will be able to design, implement, and evaluate individual exercise programs, perform fitness assessments, explain physiological changes that occur during exercise, and provide basic nutritional guidance to clients. Students who complete this credit diploma and pass the certifying agency’s exam, which can be taken on the LCCC campus, can begin training clients while working on their A.S. or B.S. in Exercise Science. 

Contact Information

Contact information is available on the Exercise Science program website.

Map your individual academic plan of courses with your College Advisor.

If students choose to transition to another program within the Health Sciences & Wellness pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.

Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map. 


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of individualized exercise programs for diverse populations as designed and implemented by the student.
  2. Perform health and performance related fitness assessments for diverse populations.
  3. Explain the acute, short, and long term physiological adaptations of exercise and physical activity.

First Semester

Choice Points

  • The Personal Trainer program typically begins during the spring semester.

Semester Total: 15 Credits

Second Semester

Choice Points

  • Enter the job market as a Personal Trainer or continue working on Exercise Science, AS.


  • Completion of Exercise Science - Personal Trainer, CD.
  • Eligible to sit for national exams offered by certifying agencies.

Semester Total: 12 Credits

Program Credit Hour Total: 27 Credits

Program Comments

The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program.

The CD in Exercise Science - Personal Trainer is intended for students who are wishing to start a career as a personal trainer or continue their education in the AS Exercise Science program. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for national exams offered by certifying agencies.

Additional information on careers in Exercise Science - Personal Trainer available through Career Coach.

Transfer Information

LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/university and program to which they plan to transfer.

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