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Is it your vision to encourage others in achieving healthier, fitter lifestyles? Would you like to make a positive impact on the wellness of others? AACC offers an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Health, Fitness and Exercise Studies, as well as a certificate and letter of recognition programs in Personal Training. You’ll work with experienced faculty to prepare you for a career in the health promotion and fitness industry. For current professionals, the degree or certificate programs will enhance your knowledge and skills.

These courses prepare students for national certifications and are offered at a variety of locations, at flexible times like evenings and weekends and in online and hybrid formats as well as face-to-face.

Transfer Degrees

The School of Health Sciences is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this area of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Health, Fitness and Exercise Studies, A.S.

Are you looking for a meaningful career in the health and fitness industry with significant job opportunities? AACC’s Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is a 60-credit program that offers students face-to-face practice with professional faculty.


Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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Credit Certificate

Personal Trainer Certificate

This 17-credit certificate is designed to provide students with a background and hands-on experience in basic exercise principles, health screening, fitness assessments, nutrition, communication and exercise design within the current fitness industry standards.


What can you do with a degree in Health, Fitness and Exercise Studies?

This is a growing field with flexible career options that include commercial and corporate fitness, personal training, sports conditioning, health promotion, municipal and community recreation, health coaching, community health, kinesiology and sports medicine. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Related Studies

If Health, Fitness and Exercise Studies sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these is a better fit.