"A rewarding career for those interested in developing sound exercise prescription for others, while promoting fitness"
Career Opportunities are available in:
Associate Degree Program
The Exercise Science program is designed to provide fundamental and theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills necessary to assume the role of a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, or health fitness professional. With an emphasis on exercise science and health, the program integrates cutting edge research with fundamental theories of learning and basic clinical skills. Students will be prepared for a career in health fitness and will receive an educational background that will provide opportunities for further education leading to careers in exercise physiology and allied health. Successful completion of the program leads to the Associates in Science Degree and prepares the student to sit for National Certification Exams.
Upon Successful Completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
All students are encouraged to become involved with the Exercise Science Student Club at NCC. Through involvement with this club, students will be able to participate in health-fitness screenings and services on and off campus, as well as field trips and attend academic conferences.
The Group Exercise Instructor Certificate Program is a 30 credit, one year certificate, preparing students for employment as group exercise instructors and to sit for the ACSM's Group Exercise Instructor (GEI) Certification Exam. All students enrolled in Exercise Science can complete this certificate with two additional courses (HPE 113 and HPE 213).
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Contact the Admissions Office to learn more about the opportunities available at NCC. Call (203) 857-7060 or 857 7160.
For specific information about the Exercise Science Program, call Director of Exercise Science and Wellness Paul Gallo at (203) 857-7194 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Exercise Science Faculty Member, Nicole Hafner at (203) 857-7330 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
NCC offers a complete student support system with a variety of services and activities designed to help you enjoy a successful college career.
Scientists and doctors have known for years that substantial benefits can be gained from regular physical activities.
-Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service
An important mission of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is to promote increased physical activity and fitness to the public. In order to advance this mission, exercise program professionals must be familiar with existing public health statements that relate to physical activity and must stay abreast of the evolving scientific literature related to current and future physical activity recommendations.
-American College of Sports Medicine
It is recommended that all adults in the United States accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intense physical activity on most, and preferably all days of the week.
-Center for Disease Control
A large body of laboratory- and population-based studies has documented the many health and fitness benefits associated with physical activity and endurance exercise training, such as improved physiologic, metabolic, and psychological parameters, as well as decreased risk of many diseases and premature mortality.
-American College of Sports Medicine
The challenge is to mobilize the nation where a mere 25% or less of the population exercises regularly, despite the fact that most of them intuitively know they should. It is clear that not everyone is motivated by health issues and requires an added incentive. This brings us back to the instructor. Of all the variables that can affect compliance, perhaps the most important is the quality of the exercise instructor.
-American Council on Exercise