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The objective of the Personal Fitness Trainer program is to provide students with a comprehensive training experience in exercise programming, interpersonal communication, and marketing in preparation for entry-level positions as Personal Fitness Trainers. Graduates may enjoy employment in physical fitness facilities, health clubs, civic and social organizations, or as self-employed fitness professionals.

Program Description

This training includes basic anatomy and physiology, which is the foundation for fitness assessments, kinesiology, and nutrition. Students will learn how to work with different types of clients to perform various exercise-related assessments and tests and will learn how to design safe and effective exercise programs to meet their individual needs. Certification in emergency cardiac care (CPR and AED) will be included in this program. Additionally, students will learn the business side of fitness and how to market their skills.

The Personal Fitness Trainer Program is 41 semester credit hours in length consisting of 30 weeks of classroom training, followed by an internship of 180 hours in nearby fitness facilities for a total of 37.5 weeks. Graduates from this program will receive a Diploma from AmeriTech College.

Career Information

Most students will initially work in fitness-related facilities such as gyms while building a cliental base. Students may work with businesses to promote employee fitness and health, or work with medical facilities to assist patients with creating healthy lifestyles.

Additional Program Information

Prior to graduating from the PFT program, students will be required to sit for the certification exam offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).  Fees for this exam are included in the cost of the program.

Course Offering

Each term is a 7.5 week period. Courses could be scheduled Monday-Friday, anytime between 8:00am-6:30pm. Labs and externships may vary.