Exercise Science Career Program A.S.

“A rewarding career for those interested in developing sound exercise prescription for others, while promoting fitness”

Career Opportunities are available in:

  • Human Performance Centers
  • Personal Training
  • Wellness Centers
  • Strength and Conditioning Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Corporate Wellness Centers
  • Community Centers

Exercise Science Student Club

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.

Admissions Process

Contact the Admissions Office to learn more about the opportunities available at NCC. Call 203.857.7060.

For specific information about the Exercise Science Program, contact either:
Director of Exercise Science and Wellness Paul Gallo | 203.857.7194, or
Exercise Science Faculty Member Nicole Hafner | 203.857.7330.

The NCC Support System

NCC offers a complete student support system with a variety of services and activities designed to help you enjoy a successful college career.

  • Career Center
  • Child Development
  • Counseling
  • English as a Second Language
  • Financial Aid
  • Learning Skills Center
  • Everett I.L. Baker Library
  • Orientation
  • Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Servicios Para Los Hispanos
  • Student Activities
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Success Center
  • Tutoring Center
  • Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center

Exercise Science Facts

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

Program Description

The Exercise Science Program at Norwalk Community College is designed to provide fundamental and theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills necessary to assume the role of a health fitness professional in commercial and clinical settings.  With an emphasis on exercise physiology and health, the program integrates cutting edge research with fundamental theories of learning and basic clinical skills.  Graduates of the program will be prepared for a career in health fitness and will demonstrate sound communication skills, life-long learning, safe and effective care, within their legal scope, and compassion for those they work with.  Completion of the program will provide opportunities for further education leading to careers in exercise physiology and allied health.

Program Outcomes

To provide quality instruction that prepares highly qualified entry level Health Fitness Professionals to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology and the impacts of exercise stressors on such structures and systems;
  2. Demonstrate entry level knowledge and skills necessary for safe and appropriate health screenings and appraisals;
  3. Display sound knowledge and clinical skills needed for exercise testing and prescription with a variety of populations;
  4. Practice sound, prudent, and ethical duties necessary in the health fitness profession;
  5. Develop leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills necessary to be an effective professional in this career path; and
  6. Effect continuous improvement of the profession by actively pursuing career development and maintenance of certifications.
 Note

* Computer proficiency may be demonstrated through a designated college examination

 Requirements (60 Credits)
 College Core Requirements (32 Credits)
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 BIO 105 Introduction to Biology 4 credits
 BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
 PSY 111 General Psychology I 3 credits
 IDS 210 Humanities: The Creative Voice 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 CSA 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3 credits *
Any MAT higher than MAT 136
Choose from any course under Historical Knowledge and Understanding
 Major Requirements (28 Credits)
 HPE 105 Introduction to Exercise Science 3 credits
 HPE 241 Exercise Physiology with Lab 4 credits
 HPE 243 Kinesiology with Lab 4 credits
 HPE 245 Programming and Prescription I 4 credits
 HPE 295 Field Practice with Seminar 3 credits
 BIO 111 Introduction to Nutrition 3 credits
 BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
 HPE 246 Programming and Prescription II 3 credits OR HPE 247 Aspects of Strength and Conditioning 3 credits
 Semester 1
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 BIO 105 Introduction to Biology 4 credits
 CSA 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3 credits *
 HPE 105 Introduction to Exercise Science 3 credits
Any MAT higher than MAT 136
 Semester 2
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
 PSY 111 General Psychology I 3 credits
 HPE 245 Programming and Prescription I 4 credits
 Semester 3
 BIO 111 Introduction to Nutrition 3 credits
 BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
 HPE 241 Exercise Physiology with Lab 4 credits
 HPE 246 Programming and Prescription II 3 credits OR HPE 247 Aspects of Strength and Conditioning 3 credits
 Semester 4
 IDS 210 Humanities: The Creative Voice 3 credits
 HPE 243 Kinesiology with Lab 4 credits
 HPE 295 Field Practice with Seminar 3 credits
Choose from any course under Historical Knowledge and Understanding