Hegis Code - 5299.30, CIP Code - 51.9999

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: FTSP-AS

     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, sport 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 advisors at the transfer institution, because 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

     Entering students must have a college-level mathematics placement and have completed high school chemistry. Continuing students must have completed MAT007 or equivalent and high school chemistry or CHE100. Those who do not fulfill the chemistry requirement should consult the Academic Chair for an alternative course selection. Spring semester applicants are accepted on a seat-available basis if they have successfully completed BIO130 and consult the Academic Chair. All interested students should consult the Academic Chair.

FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credits Credits
  BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I 4
COL101: College Seminar 1
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
** History Elective 3
PFS114: Overview of Fitness and Facility Management 3
* Physical Education 1
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  COM105: Public Speaking 3
  ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
  HSC112: Safety, First Aid and CPR 3
PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
* Physical Education 1
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
BIO245: Kinesiology 4
  Humanities Elective 3
PFS113: Exercise Leadership and Concepts of Aerobic Conditioning 2
PFS201: Exercise Leadership and Concepts of Muscle Conditioning 2
PFS205: Fitness Assessment and Screening 2
PFS212: Injury Prevention and Management 3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits Credits
Mathematics Elective 3-4
Humanities Elective 3
PFS211: Nutrition and Human Performance 3
PFS217: Fieldwork in Fitness 3
*** Social Sciences Elective 3

*PED courses to be selected in consultation with the program coordinator.
**To be selected from HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS107, HIS118, HIS119, HIS120.
***To be selected from ANT101, ANT103, ANT211, GEO101, GEO102, GEO103, HIS107, HIS118, HIS119, HIS120 or POL107. .
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
 NOTE: 1) Students planning to transfer to a SUNY four-year institution should check the SUNY General Education Requirements for selecting courses. 2) See Transfer Agreements for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

Fitness Specialist 18 credits
English 6 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Social Sciences 9 credits
Mathematics / Science 11-12 credits
Health Careers 3 credits
College Seminar 1 credit
Physical Education 2 credits