HEGIS Code - 5299.30, CIP Code - 51.2309

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, 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 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: 16 Credits Credits
  BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I 4
  COL101: College Seminar 1
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
* Physical Education 1
PED190: Introduction to Physical Education, Fitness, and Sport 3
PED132: Adventure Fitness 1
** History Elective 3

SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PFS114: Overview of Fitness and Facility Management 3
  ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
  HSC112: Safety, First Aid and CPR 3
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
* Physical Education 1

THIRD SEMESTER: 16-17 credits Credits
  BIO245: Kinesiology 4
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
  Mathematics Elective 3-4

FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
PFS211: Nutrition and Human Performance 3
PFS217: Fieldwork in Fitness 3
  SUNY-GER Electives (2 courses) 6
  SUNY-GER Foreign Language or The Arts 3


* To be selected from PED113, PED126, PED130, PED144, PED147, PED174, and PED175.
** To be selected from American History (HIS103, HIS104, HIS106, HIS205, HIS225) or Western Civilization (HIS101, HIS102, HIS107, HIS110, HIS201).
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
  NOTES: 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.