Course Descriptions


Core / Major

PTR251 - Certified Fitness Trainer

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

This course covers the principles of general personal training including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, client assessment, exercise program design, general nutrition principles, motivation, special populations, and injury prevention.

PTR252 - Specialist in Sports Nutrition

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

This course covers dietary and supplement strategies to enhance athletic performance. Students learn to identify the dietary needs of both athletic and general populations based on age, size, activity level, and goal. Topics covered include the structure and function of macronutrients and micronutrients, how anatomy and metabolism determine nutrient needs, and various approaches to fine tuning performance through manipulating nutrient intake.

Prerequisite: PTR 251 (C or higher)

PTR253 - Specialist in Exercise Therapy

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

This course covers the skills necessary to bridge the gap between medical rehabilitation and post rehabilitation for clients with chronic medical conditions. Students learn to work with and develop exercise programs for individuals suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, cardiovascular conditions, orthopedic conditions, asthma, diabetes, cancer, and muscular dystrophy.

Prerequisite: PTR 251 (C or higher)

PTR254 - Youth Fitness Trainer

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

Discusses growth and development, metabolism, physiology, body composition, training, endurance, flexibility, strength, plyometrics, program structure, sports psychology, nutrition, and injury as each relates to children and teens.

PTR255 - Specialist in Strength and Conditioning

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

Covers all topics related to programming and motivation for athletes including anatomy, physiology, assessment, flexibility, strength, programming for specific sports, athletic nutrition, sports psychology, and injury.

PTR256 - Specialist in Senior Fitness

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

Examines exercise programming for senior clients including topics on aging and exercise, chronic conditions for older adults, proper assessment, strength, flexibility, contraindicated exercises, and motivation.

Prerequisite: PTR 251 (C or higher)

PTR257 - Specialist in Group Fitness

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

Specialist in Group Fitness shows you how to use your knowledge and experience as an ISSA certified fitness trainer to design and lead safe and effective group training sessions. The course begins with the scientific foundations for group training design, including training-essential anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, as well as how training elicits various physical adaptations. Material then advances to the practical application of these concepts as they apply to group training program design and implementation. Advanced concepts include programming, assessment, safety, exercises and equipment, class formats, performance nutrition, and marketing your classes.

Prerequisite: PTR 251 (C or higher)

PTR258 - Corrective Exercise Specialist

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

This course covers the skills necessary to use evidence based corrective exercise interventions to restore physical performance, improve physical performance, and reduce injury risk for those with movement dysfunctions. Students learn to identify the complex factors associated with poor movement patterns and correct them with the simplest methods possible. Please note: The information provided in this course is for general educational purposes only. The material is not a substitute for consultation with a healthcare provider regarding particular medical conditions and needs.

Prerequisite: PTR 251 (C or higher)

PTR259 - Certified Nutrition Specialist

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

Students learn the science behind proper nutrition and the art of applying the science as a nutrition coach. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of digestion, metabolism, energy transfer and balance, and the structure and function of macronutrients and micronutrients. Practical components include nutritional goal setting, collecting and analyzing client information, structuring an appropriate nutrition plan based on client level and goals, outcome-based nutrition coaching, and practical plans to help clients overcome common challenges.

(Previously PTR259 Specialist in Fitness Nutrition)

PTR260 - Bodybuilding Specialist

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

This course covers training, recovery, motivation, and nutritional strategies to prepare the personal trainer to work with bodybuilders. Upon successful completion of the certification examination.

Prerequisite: PTR 251 (C or higher)

PTR261 - Transformation Specialist

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 10 weeks
Session: Full

This course integrates the theory of behavioral change with practical strategies for influencing behavioral patterns as they relate to physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Students learn the skills needed to effect a qualitative shift in client behavior. Topics covered include the stages of behavioral change, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, commitment strategies, flow, and the experience sampling method.

Prerequisite: PTR 251 (C or higher)

(Previously PTR261 Behavior Modification Coach)


General Education

BIO105 - Anatomy and Physiology

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A or B

This course provides a basic understanding of the organization of the human body with emphasis on the clinical and pathological conditions of all body systems. Special emphasis will be placed on adding to the vocabulary of medical terminology and the dialogue with the doctor and other medical staff. This course will be organized systematically and approach the subject via organ systems.

ENG110 - English Composition

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A or B

This course is an introduction to the writing process and to the major conventions of standard written English.

HIST102 - US History I

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: B

This course surveys the social, political, cultural, and economic development of North America, the British Colonies, and the United States. The course provides a broad-base history of the United States from before the arrival of Europeans to 1877. Migration, colonial and revolutionary periods, the development of the Republic, and the Civil War are covered.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

MATH102 - College Math

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

This course is designed to develop mathematical and computational skills needed by college students and aids students in making the transition from computational to application mathematics. The student gains practice in mathematical calculations including percent, ratio, proportion, measurement, evaluation of numerical expressions and using charts, tables and graphs to solve problems. Emphasis is on solving for the unknown to help students become comfortable using variables to represent numbers.

PSY102 - General Psychology

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A or B

This course is an introduction to the field of psychology as the scientific study of the behavior of man. Through a blend of application and theory, students develop a basic understanding of psychological principles. These principles are then applied these principles in a variety of situations.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

SOC101 - Introduction to Sociology

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, inequality, and social change. Students also explore the influence of social class and the family as a social structure.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)


Elective

BUS115 - Introduction to Marketing

Quarter credits: 4
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

This course introduces key concepts related to marketing functions, the management of these functions, and how each function affects other functions within the marketing domain. The major functions are marketing management, marketing research, product planning, distribution channels, and pricing and promotion. The course will provide an understanding of marketing from the perspective of the manufacturer, marketing company, and consumer.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

BUS117 - Motivating for Performance

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: B

This course introduces key concepts related to the kinds of behaviors managers need to motivate people to perform. It looks at the ways to set challenging, motivating goals, how to reward good performance and how to determine people’s key beliefs and individual needs that affect their motivation. The course also shows managers how to assess people fairly so they stay motivated and the causes and consequences of developing a satisfied workforce.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

BUS204 - Business and Management Principles

Quarter credits: 4
Length: 5 weeks
Session: B

This course introduces American business with an overview of various terms and concepts that provide a framework for understanding business. Topics include: business operational environments; organizational structures; management roles and functions; and the complexities involved with managing marketing, operations, information technology, finance, and human resources.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

BUS207 - Entrepreneurship

Quarter credits: 4
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

This course introduces key principles involved in the planning and management of business enterprises, especially at the level of small businesses. Students will develop a business plan, and discover aspects of small business finance, sales and marketing, and infrastructure development. Students will collaborate in the analysis of business plans. Issues related to legalities, record keeping, and governmental assistance will be covered.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

BUS210 - Business Ethics and Law

Quarter credits: 4
Length: 5 weeks
Session: B

This course provides a study of the American legal system with an emphasis on how business organizations operate within that system, as well as an overview of the ethical issues and considerations that businesses encounter. Students learn about business law and ethics, contracts and sales, consumer protection issues and laws, agency and employment issues and laws, computer privacy issues, real property issues, and other relevant topics.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

COMM102 - Effective Communication

Quarter credits: 5
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

Communication skills are developed through the use of effective listening, speaking, and writing skills. The student will develop the ability to speak clearly and effectively by learning to plan, compose and deliver ideas. Emphasis is on the global, ethical, technological, and customer service aspects of communication.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

COMM121 - Interpersonal Relations

Quarter credits: 3
Length: 5 weeks
Session: B

In this course the student will gain the ability to work effectively through and with other people. The student will gain an understanding of how people work together in groups. Topics covered include: human relations skills; communication and miscommunication; groups; team building; transactional analysis; organizational change; creativity; stress; and managing diversity.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

COMM161 - Business Communications

Quarter credits: 2
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

This course explores the principles and techniques of effective written business communication. Students will discuss, critique, and practice business writing strategies to produce good-news messages, bad-news messages, persuasive messages, reports, proposals and presentations, while developing critical thinking, researching and interviewing skills. Business communication in a global business environment is also emphasized.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

COMM203 - Customer Service Principles

Quarter credits: 3
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

This course introduces and reinforces basic service principles and helps students develop professional customer handling, telephone, and communication skills. Students practice listening and questioning techniques, call control and empathy. Difficult situations are covered, with an emphasis on problem solving and assertive communication.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)

HIT135 - Medical Terminology

Quarter credits: 3
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A or B

A working knowledge of medical terminology is desirable for anyone entering one of the health science fields. This course will provide students with the foundation they need to recognize and interpret medical terms using the four word-part approach (prefixes, word roots, suffixes, and combining vowels). Students will come away from the course with a better understanding and mastery of terminology related to the health care field. Emphasis will be placed on improving written and oral communication skills pertaining to medical terminology. Identification of medical terms by word part is stressed, as are memorization, pronunciation, practical usage, and spelling.

PD102 - Personal Development

Quarter credits: 2
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

This course takes the student through a personal inventory in order to establish educational and life goals. Students will learn how to battle fear of failure, utilize existing marketable strengths, build and maintain positive relationships, and promote self-confidence. An emphasis will be placed on learning to improve listening, reading, and study skills using approaches to time management and prioritization techniques.

PD103 - Professional and Career Development

Quarter credits: 2
Length: 5 weeks
Session: A

The student will prepare a resume, a cover letter, and a thank-you letter. They will acquire skills necessary to properly prepare typical pre-employment forms. Interviewing techniques are taught and practiced. This class will help to optimize a student’s potential for employment by developing skills in communication, business etiquette, problem solving, critical thinking, time management and interpersonal skills.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 (C- or higher)