Fitness Technology

2013-14 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Health Technology Building (HT), Room 215
971-722-4210

www.pcc.edu/fittech

Career and Program Description

As a fitness professional you will be part of the preventive health care team working in health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, public and private recreation facilities, hospitals and corporate fitness centers. Our program prepares you for job entry as a fitness technologist/specialist, personal trainer or group fitness instructor. The fitness professional performs a variety of instructional and administrative tasks. Instructional tasks include directing safe and effective exercise programs, conducting fitness testing and instructing clients in appropriate sport, fitness, and wellness activities. Administrative duties may include sales, day-to-day business operations, and member retention efforts. Portland Community College Fitness Technology Graduates have a background in basic anatomy and physiology, applied kinesiology, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, fitness assessment and programming, as well as training in interpersonal skills and fitness promotion. Professionals working in this field are known by a variety of titles within the industry, including but not limited to; personal trainer, exercise specialist, group exercise leader, fitness instructor, activity director, strength and conditioning coach, and member services specialist.

Students are prepared for entry level work as a fitness professional, such as a personal trainer or fitness instructor. The program is designed to correlate classroom and laboratory experience with practical experience in fitness facilities in the community. Students who successfully complete the program are prepared to take national personal trainer certifying examinations given by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

The Fitness Technology program has an articulation agreement in place with Portland State University and Concordia University. Students who successfully complete the Fitness Technology AAS degree may transfer to PSU or CU as a junior.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fitness Technology

One-Year Certificate

Fitness Technology

Less Than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Healthy Older Adult Fitness

Prerequisites and Requirements

  1. High school diploma or equivalent
  2. Attend Fitness Technology orientation. Check the Fitness Technology website for dates and times of orientations.
  3. Must have completed MTH 65 or higher and WR 121 with a C or better. For the Healthy Older Adult Fitness Career Pathway students must: Complete WR 121 and placement into MTH 65 or higher.
  4. Applicant needs to be a PCC student before they apply.
  5. Program entry begins Spring/Fall term. Check the Fitness Technology website for application deadlines.
  6. Due to limited space, all prerequisites and requirements must be completed prior to application and acceptance into the program.
  7. All courses must be completed with a P or C or better.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services 971-722-4341.

Students requesting advanced placement or transfer credit from prior coursework must submit a written request to the Fitness Technology Department. Transcripts with previous coursework must be evaluated by student records prior to applying to the Fitness Technology program.

Fitness Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Fitness Technology Degree Credit Summary

FT45
CG2
COMM4
HE2
PE10
PSY4
Fitness Technology Degree Electives15
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits90

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown. Most courses are offered only in the term listed.

First TermCredits
COMM 111*Public Speaking4
FT 101Fitness Technology Seminar3
FT 102Injury Prevention & Management3
FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
HE 295Health and Fitness for Life2
PE 181A, 181B, or 181CBeginning Weight Training - Coed1
PE 282A1Professional Activities: Group Fitness2
PE 295Health and Fitness for Life Lab1
Second Term
FT 103Nutrition for Fitness Instructors3
FT 104Fitness Assessment & Programming I3
FT 106Analysis of Movement3
PE 281Professional Activities: Weight Training2
PE 2871Professional Activities: Aquatics2
PSY 101*Psychology and Human Relations4
Third Term
FT 105Fitness Assessment & Programming II3
FT 107Exercise Science I3
FT 280Cooperative Education: Fitness Technology4
PE 2831Professional Activities: Mind-Body Disciplines2
PE 2881Professional Activities: Team Sports Training(2)
Fourth Term
CG 280ACE: Career Development1
FT 203Fitness Promotion3
FT 204Exercise Science II3
Fitness Technology Degree Electives4
General Education24
Fifth Term
CG 280ACE: Career Development1
FT 201Fitness Assessment and Program III3
FT 202Fitness and Aging3
Fitness Technology Degree Electives4
General Education24
Sixth Term
FT 280Cooperative Education: Fitness Technology4
PE 282B1Professional Activities: Special Populations(2)
Fitness Technology Degree Electives7
 Total Credits: 92

*

Could be used as General Education

1

Professional Activities degree requirement: PE 281 and three other Professional Activities courses chosen from these options PE 282A,PE 282B, PE 283, PE 287, PE 288.

2

 Recommend BI 112 and/or MTH 111

Fitness Technology Degree Electives

Any approved PCC or transfer course.

One-Year Certificate

Fitness Technology

Less Than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Healthy Older Adult Fitness

Fitness Technology One-Year Certificate

Minimum 47 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Fitness Technology Certificate is a related certificate. All courses within the certificate are contained in the Fitness Technology AAS Degree.

Fitness Technology Certificate Credit Summary

FT29
COMM4
HE2
PE2
Professional Activities6
PSY4
Total Credits47

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown. Most courses are offered only in the term listed.

First TermCredits
COMM 111Public Speaking4
FT 101Fitness Technology Seminar3
FT 102Injury Prevention & Management3
FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
HE 295Health and Fitness for Life2
PE 295Health and Fitness for Life Lab1
PE 181A, 181B, or 181CBeginning Weight Training - Coed1
PE 282A1Professional Activities: Group Fitness2
Second Term
FT 103Nutrition for Fitness Instructors3
FT 104Fitness Assessment & Programming I3
FT 106Analysis of Movement3
PE 2811Professional Activities: Weight Training2
PE 2871Professional Activities: Aquatics2
PSY 101Psychology and Human Relations4
Third Term
FT 105Fitness Assessment & Programming II3
FT 107Exercise Science I3
FT 280Cooperative Education: Fitness Technology4
PE 2881Professional Activities: Team Sports Training(2)
PE 282B1Professional Activities: Special Populations(2)
PE 2831Professional Activities: Mind-Body Disciplines(2)
 Total Credits: 47

1

Professional Activities certificate requirement: PE 281 and two other Professional Activities courses (PE 282A, PE 282B, PE 283, PE 287, PE 288).

Healthy Older Adult Fitness: Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum of 25 credits. The Healthy Older Adult Fitness Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Fitness Technology AAS Degree.

FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
FT 202Fitness and Aging3
FT 280Cooperative Education: Fitness Technology4
GRN 165Activity Director Training2
HE 295Health and Fitness for Life2
Choose one of the following:1
Beginning Weight Training - Coed
Intermediate Weight Training - Coed
Advanced Weight Training - Coed
PE 281Professional Activities: Weight Training2
PE 282BProfessional Activities: Special Populations2
PE 295Health and Fitness for Life Lab1
SOC 223Social Gerontology/Sociology of Aging4
or SOC 231 Sociology of Health & Aging
Total Credits25

Fitness Technology Degree Electives

Any approved PCC or transfer course.

Courses

FT 101. Fitness Technology Seminar. 3 Credits.

Explores careers in the fitness and health industry. Practical experience and insight into the role of a fitness/health professional in health and fitness clubs and community based wellness centers, including self-promotion. Practical knowledge and skill in teaching psychomotor movement. Concepts, skills, and methodology required in becoming a successful instructor of movement. Prerequisite: MTH 65, WR 121, and current Fitness Technology student or instructor approval. Audit available.

FT 102. Injury Prevention & Management. 3 Credits.

Covers information and knowledge concerning prevention and rehabilitation of athletics/sports/fitness injuries. Emphasis on preventing injuries by reducing risks for injury or illness, creating safe environments, ensuring proper fit and use of sporting equipment, and implementing emergency action plans. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements will be eligible for first responder certifications (i.e. CPR, first aid, etc.). Audit available.

FT 103. Nutrition for Fitness Instructors. 3 Credits.

Explores basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on application to fitness, weight management and athletic performance. Prerequisites: WR 121; MTH 65: HE 295 and PE 295 (or HPE295). Audit available.

FT 104. Fitness Assessment & Programming I. 3 Credits.

Introduces fitness testing for apparently healthy populations. Covers cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition in both individual and group assessments. Prerequisites: FT 131; HE 295 and PE 295 (or HPE295). Audit available.

FT 105. Fitness Assessment & Programming II. 3 Credits.

Introduces individual and group exercise plan development and progression for cardiorespiratory, muscular strength/ endurance, flexibility/balance, body composition and fitness/balance, body composition and fitness/sport performance. Prerequisites: FT 104. Audit available.

FT 106. Analysis of Movement. 3 Credits.

Examines human motion in physical activity and sport and the integration of anatomy and biomechanics. Explores the anatomical movements involved in a wide variety of motor and balance tasks, postural stability exercises, and overall exercise program design. Prerequisite: FT 131. Audit available.

FT 107. Exercise Science I. 3 Credits.

Investigates physiological mechanisms responsible for adaptations to acute and chronic exercise in the metabolic, endocrine, pulmonary, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular systems. Prerequisite: FT 131. Audit available.

FT 131. Structure & Function of the Human Body. 4 Credits.

Presents basic principles in anatomy, physiology, and exercise science. Introduces terminology, concepts, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, tissues and the following systems: metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, and nervous. Interpret and apply the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Prerequisite: MTH 65, WR 121, and current Fitness Technology student or instructor approval. Audit available.

FT 201. Fitness Assessment and Program III. 3 Credits.

Explores the needs and abilities of individuals outside of ACSM's guidelines for apparently healthy populations. Emphasis is on modification of movement, exercise, equipment, and assessments for these individuals/groups. Includes advanced testing procedures, modification of assessments, and modified exercise programming for these individuals/groups. Prerequisite: FT 105. Audit available.

FT 202. Fitness and Aging. 3 Credits.

Explores physiological aspects of aging as applied to fitness and exercise. Prerequisites: FT 131, HE 295 and PE 295 (or HPE295); or instructor approval. Audit available.

FT 203. Fitness Promotion. 3 Credits.

Covers skills that promote healthy and fit lifestyles to both individuals and groups in a variety of fitness disciplines. Introduces skills to promote success in the job market. Prerequisite: FT 280 or instructor approval. Audit available.

FT 204. Exercise Science II. 3 Credits.

Continues application of physiological concepts from Exercise Science I. Introduces concepts of environmental conditions, advanced training adaptations, and clinical exercise physiology. Includes additional time in the lab setting learning metabolic and ECG stress testing. Prerequisite: FT 104 and FT 107, or instructor approval. Audit available.

FT 280. Cooperative Education: Fitness Technology. 3-10 Credit.

Provides required practicum experiences for Fitness Technology majors. Required: 3rd term standing, current First Aid and CPR/AED certifications, and instructor permission. Audit available.