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Exercise Specialist

at Normandale Community College

Program Details

  • Award: Certificate
  • Credits: 12
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.

About this Program

The Exercise Specialist Certificate includes Exercise Science courses that provide a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students to successfully participate in the National Strength and Conditioning Association�s (NSCA) Certified Personal Training Examination and enter the workforce as a personal trainer working with generally-healthy populations. Certificate completion includes current national certification of adult CPR and AED, as well as a passing grade of �C� or higher in the following four courses: EXSC 2300 Introduction to Exercise Science (3 credits), EXSC 2305 Exercise Physiology (3 credits), EXSC 2310 Foundations of Personal Training (3 credits), EXSC 2315 Exercise Prescription (3 credits). The Exercise Specialist Certificate is recognized as a �career laddering� opportunity for our students to encourage further retention of degree completion while students gain additional credentials to professionally compete for careers within the fitness industry.

Program Locations

  • Normandale Community College 55431

Labor Market Information

  • Exercise Physiologists

  • Median wage: $27.51/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Athletic Trainers

  • Median wage: $43,003/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

  • Median wage: $17.06/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • College Recreation and Fitness Teachers

  • Median wage: $55,475/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
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Normandale Community College
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S. Bloomington, MN 55431 Toll-Free: (800) 481-5412 Local: (952) 358-8201 TTY: (952) 358-8625