Fitness Technology

2016-17 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 and wellness team working in health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, public and private recreation facilities, hospitals or employee wellness programs. The fitness professional performs a variety of instructional and administrative tasks. Instructional tasks include developing and implementing safe and effective fitness programming, conducting fitness assessments, and instructing clients in appropriate sport, fitness and wellness activities. Administrative duties may include business operations, marketing and health promotion, member retention and sales. 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 client motivation, behavior modification, and self promotion. 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).

Portland Community College Fitness Technology graduates working in this field are known by a variety of titles, including but not limited to; personal trainer, exercise specialist, group exercise leader, fitness instructor, activity director, strength and conditioning trainer, and member services specialist. The Fitness Technology program currently has an articulation agreement in place with both Portland State University and Concordia University which enables students who successfully complete the Fitness Technology AAS degree the opportunity to transfer to PSU or CU with Junior status.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fitness Technology

Less Than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Group Fitness Leader
Healthy Older Adult Fitness
Personal Trainer

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

Other Prerequisites

  • Attend a Fitness Technology information session. Check the Fitness Technology website for dates and times of the sessions.
  • Application and acceptance to PCC as a credit-seeking student.
  • Complete the online Fitness Technology program application. Check the Fitness Technology website for application deadlines and access to the application. All prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting the Fitness Technology program application.

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • All courses for the Fitness Technology AAS and Career Pathway Certificates must be completed with a grade of "C" or "P" or better.
  • A maximum of 9 of Pass/No Pass credits are allowed in the Fitness Technology Career Pathway Certificates.
  • First year winter term courses for the AAS degree and the Personal Trainer Career Pathway Certificate require MTH 65 or higher and WR 121 with a "C" or "P" or better as prerequisites.

Other Requirements

  • Transcripts with previous coursework must be evaluated by student records.
  • Schedule and meet with the Fitness Technology Faculty Department Chair and the Academic Advisor prior to first term enrollment.
  • Meet with the Fitness Technology Advisor once per term.
  • Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services 971-722-4341.

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. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Fitness Technology Degree Courses

CG 280ACE: Career Development2
FT 101Fitness Technology Seminar3
FT 102Injury Prevention & Management3
FT 103Nutrition for Fitness Instructors3
FT 104Fitness Assessment3
FT 105Exercise Prescription3
FT 106Analysis of Movement3
FT 107Exercise Physiology3
FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
FT 180Fitness Technology Internship Preparation1
FT 201Advanced Fitness Assessment and Prescription 3
FT 202Fitness and Aging3
FT 203Fitness Promotion3
FT 204Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
FT 280Fitness Technology Internship8
HE 295Health and Fitness for Life2
PE 295Health and Fitness for Life Lab1
PE 181ABeginning Weight Training 1
or PE 181B Intermediate Weight Training
or PE 181C Advanced Weight Training
PE 281Professional Activities: Weight Training2
Choose 3 of the following6
Professional Activities: Group Fitness
Professional Activities: Special Populations
Professional Activities: Mind-Body Disciplines
Professional Activities: Aquatics
Professional Activities: Team Sports Training
Fitness Technology Electives14
General Education 216
Total Credits90
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.

Less Than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Group Fitness Leader
Healthy Older Adult Fitness
Personal Trainer

Group Fitness Leader Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum of 30 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Group Fitness Leader Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Fitness Technology AAS Degree.

Group Fitness Leader Certificate Courses

CG 280ACE: Career Development1
FT 101Fitness Technology Seminar3
FT 102Injury Prevention & Management3
FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
FT 180Fitness Technology Internship Preparation1
FT 280Fitness Technology Internship4
HE 295Health and Fitness for Life2
PE 181ABeginning Weight Training 1
or PE 181B Intermediate Weight Training
or PE 181C Advanced Weight Training
PE 281Professional Activities: Weight Training2
PE 282AProfessional Activities: Group Fitness2
PE 283Professional Activities: Mind-Body Disciplines2
or PE 288 Professional Activities: Team Sports Training
PE 287Professional Activities: Aquatics2
PE 295Health and Fitness for Life Lab1
Group Fitness Leader Electives2
Total Credits30

Group Fitness Leader Electives

PE 142AZumba Fitness I1
PE 142BZumba Fitness II1
PE 142CZumba Fitness Gold1
PE 143AAquatic Exercise I1
PE 143BAquatic Exercise II1
PE 143CAquatic Exercise III1
PE 162GCardio Conditioning1
PE 181MBoot Camp II1
PE 182ABeginning Group Fitness1
PE 182BIntermediate Group Fitness1
PE 182FBoot Camp I1
PE 182XNia Technique1
PE 182YIndoor Cycling1


Healthy Older Adult Fitness Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum of 26 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Healthy Older Adult Fitness Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Fitness Technology AAS Degree.

Healthy Older Adult Fitness Certificate Courses

FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
FT 180Fitness Technology Internship Preparation1
FT 202Fitness and Aging3
FT 280Fitness Technology Internship4
GRN 165Activity Director Training2
HE 295Health and Fitness for Life2
PE 181ABeginning Weight Training 1
or PE 181B Intermediate Weight Training
or PE 181C Advanced Weight Training
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 Credits26


Personal Trainer Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 40 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Personal Trainer Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Fitness Technology AAS Degree.

Personal Trainer Certificate Courses

FT 101Fitness Technology Seminar3
FT 102Injury Prevention & Management3
FT 103Nutrition for Fitness Instructors3
FT 104Fitness Assessment3
FT 105Exercise Prescription3
FT 106Analysis of Movement3
FT 107Exercise Physiology3
FT 131Structure & Function of the Human Body4
FT 180Fitness Technology Internship Preparation1
FT 280Fitness Technology Internship4
HE 295
PE 295
Health and Fitness for Life
and Health and Fitness for Life Lab
3
PE 181ABeginning Weight Training 1
or PE 181B Intermediate Weight Training
or PE 181C Advanced Weight Training
PE 281Professional Activities: Weight Training2
Choose 2 of the following4
Professional Activities: Group Fitness
Professional Activities: Special Populations
Professional Activities: Mind-Body Disciplines
Professional Activities: Aquatics
Professional Activities: Team Sports Training
Total Credits40
1

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

FT 101. Fitness Technology Seminar. 3 Credits.

Explores careers in the fitness and health industry. Covers concepts, skills, and methodology required to become a successful instructor of movement. Provides opportunities for practical experience and insight into the role of a fitness/health professional in fitness and health clubs and community based wellness centers, including self-promotion, and psychomotor movement instruction. Prerequisite:Acceptance to the Fitness Technology Program or instructor approval, and WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

FT 102. Injury Prevention & Management. 3 Credits.

Covers prevention and rehabilitation of athletics/sports/fitness injuries. Emphasizes preventing injuries by reducing risks for injury or illness, creating safe environments, ensuring proper fit, using sporting equipment properly, and implementing emergency action plans. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements will be eligible for first responder certifications (i.e. CPR, first aid, etc.). Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. 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: (HE 295 and PE 295) or (HPE 295) and WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

FT 104. Fitness Assessment. 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: MTH 65, WR 121, FT 131, and (HE 295 and PE 295) or (HPE 295). Audit available.

FT 105. Exercise Prescription. 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, MTH 65, and WR 121. Audit available.

FT 107. Exercise Physiology. 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, MTH 65, and WR 121. 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, metabolism and the cardiovascular, pulmonary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, and nervous systems. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Fitness Technology program or instructor permission and WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: PE 181A or PE 181B or PE 181C. Audit available.

FT 180. Fitness Technology Internship Preparation. 1 Credit.

Develops essential skills for internship site procurement. Focuses on company research, interviewing techniques, and resume and cover letter generation. Prerequisite: FT 131.

FT 201. Advanced Fitness Assessment and Prescription. 3 Credits.

Explores the needs and abilities of individuals outside of ACSM's guidelines for apparently healthy populations. Focuses on modification of movement, exercise, equipment, and assessments for these individuals and groups. Includes advanced testing procedures, modification of assessments, and modified exercise programming for these individuals and 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 (HPE 295), or instructor approval. Audit available.

FT 203. Fitness Promotion. 3 Credits.

Covers skills that promote healthy and fit lifestyles for 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. Advanced Exercise Physiology. 3 Credits.

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. Audit available.

FT 280. Fitness Technology Internship. 3-10 Credit.

Provides required internship experiences for Fitness Technology majors. Prerequisite: FT 180. Requires third term standing, current First Aid and CPR/AED certifications, and instructor permission.