Hegis Code: 5299.30

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: FTSP-AS

Fall 2015 Program Requirements Comparison

     The Fitness Specialist curriculum is a two-year program leading to an Associate in Science (A.S) degree. Upon completion of the Fitness Specialist Program, graduates will be prepared to:

Transfer to four-year colleges in such areas as exercise physiology, physical education, sports medicine, athletic training, pre physical therapy, sport management, cardiac rehabilitation and other health-related fields. Students considering transfer to a Baccalaureate Degree program should consult with the program coordinator as well as advisor's at the transfer institution, since transfer credit is determined by the transfer institution. Several articulation agreements are already in place to facilitate transferability.

Obtain employment as fitness instructors, personal trainers, and owners or managers of facilities serving fitness and wellness programs.

     The Fitness Specialist Program at Suffolk County Community College integrates the principles of exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, anatomy, leadership, conditioning concepts and psychology. Students apply their knowledge and skills to enhance health, fitness, sport performance and the overall quality of life for the general population in commercial, community (schools), clinical and workplace (corporate) settings. In addition, the Fitness Specialist Program is committed to promoting wellness within the college community.

     The program is available for full or part-time enrollment. However, the fitness specialist courses MUST be taken in sequence. Courses are offered in the day and evening schedules. All students are encouraged to discuss course selections with the program coordinator.

Admission Procedures and requirements

     Students are admitted on a space-available basis in consultation with the Admissions office. It is suggested that application be made in a timely manner. To be considered for admission, entering students must have completed high school biology (Regents) and Integrated Algebra or equivalent. High school Chemistry is strongly recommended. Those who do not fulfill this chemistry requirement should consult the program coordinator for an alternative equivalent. Strong communication skills and an interview through the Admissions Office are required. Spring semester applicants are accepted on a seat-available basis. They should have successfully completed BIO130 and should consult the program coordinator. All interested students should consult the program coordinator.

FIRST SEMESTER: 15.5 Credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
  BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
COL101: Freshman Seminar 1.5  - 1.5
  COM101: Introduction to Human Communication 3  - 3
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3  - 3
PFS111: Nutrition and Human Performance 3  - 3
* Physical Education  - 2 1
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
  BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
  ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3  - 3
  HSC112: Safety, First Aid and CPR 3  - 3
PFS113: Exercise Leadership and Concepts of Aerobic Conditioning 1 2 2
* Physical Education  - 2 1
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3  - 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 16-17 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
  Humanities Elective 3  - 3
  Mathematics Elective 3-4  - 3-4
PFS201: Exercise Leadership and Concepts of Muscle Conditioning 1 2 2
PFS205: Fitness Assessment and Screening 1 2 2
PFS209: Kinesiology 3  - 3
  Social Science Elective 3  - 3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 18-19 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
*** History Elective 3  - 3
** Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 3 0-3 3-4
PFS212: Injury Prevention and Management 3  - 3
PFS214: Overview of Fitness and Facility Management 3  - 3
PFS217: Fieldwork in Fitness 1 8 3
  Unrestricted Elective 3  - 3

*PED courses to be selected in consultation with the program coordinator.
**Consult with program coordinator.
***To be selected from HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS107, HIS118, HIS119, HIS120.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
 NOTE: 1) Students planning to transfer to SUNY four-year institution should check the SUNY core General Education Requirements in the college catalog for information on selection of elective courses.
2) See Transfer Opportunities for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

Fitness Specialist 21 credits
English 6 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Social Science 9 credits
Mathematics / Science 11-12 credits
Liberal Arts and Sciences 3-4 credits
Health Careers 3 credits
Unrestricted Elective 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits
Physical Education 2 credits