Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Health, Fitness and Exercise Science — Exercise Science Advanced Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete a baccalaureate degree in exercise science. The Advanced Certificate is designed so that students can progress into the Chesapeake College Exercise Science Degree option.
Program Description: The Exercise Science Advanced Certificate is designed to prepare students for transfer and eventual employment in the field of exercise science. Students majoring in exercise science examine the relationship between exercise and human performance and the role of physical activity in the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The program of study is designed to prepare students for baccalaureate study, where they will train for careers that include exercise/fitness specialist, group fitness instructor, or personal trainer (employment settings include corporate fitness programs, community exercise/wellness settings, health clubs, and fitness-related organizations), and strength and conditioning coach (employment settings include high school, college, and professional sports teams). Students should consult with the college’s Transfer Advisor in planning an appropriate program.
Program Goals: The Exercise Science Advanced Certificate will:
- Introduce the fields of exercise science and individualized fitness.
- Prepare students for further study in the exercise science field.
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Perform client assessments on activity level of members of the general public.
- Formulate exercise plans for members of the general public.
- Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures.
- Communicate effectively with clients and other professionals.
- Conduct oneself in an ethical and professional manner.
- Use critical thinking skills to assess, prevent, and treat clients in emergency sports or fitness settings.
Contact Person: Dr. Carol Wilson-Robbins