The Exercise Science Associate Degree program is an academic degree with the ability to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program to pursue degrees in Exercise Science, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Health or other pre-professional programs. This program also has the option for students to sit for a national accredited Personal Training Certificate of their choice. The certificate provides students with the necessary theories and practical skills needed to sit for a national certificate exam.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
The classification of Exercise Science according to the current Occupational Outlook Handbook falls within the titles of Fitness Trainers and Instructors. These professions fall within the top tier of industries for employment and wages.
The job outlook is for growth at 8% beyond the normal employment rate. The 2015 employment level was at 279,100 positions and is projected to be at 302,500 positions by 2024. The average national salary for 2015 at this entry level position is $36,160 annually or $17.39 an hour. In May, 2015, the annual mean wage for New York was $59,830 and in New Jersey the annual mean wage was $51,130.
As businesses, government and insurance companies continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness for their employees, incentives to join gyms and other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for credentialed fitness trainers and instructors at both the entry level and beyond.
Graduates of the Exercise Science AS degree will be able to transfer to four-years colleges for bachelor degrees in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Biomechanics or Physical Education, including Saint Peter’s University, New Jersey City University, Kean University, William Paterson University, Montclair State University or Rutgers.
HCCC offers small classes so that students can receive individualized attention from professors. The professors are dedicated educators with interests in a variety of exercise science subjects.
HCCC has two campuses. The main campus is in Jersey City, and the North Hudson Campus is in Union City. Many classes can be taken at either or both campuses. General education courses are taught in the classroom and online.
Students must have medical clearance before beginning the program.
Total Program Credits = 60
Students who have completed the Personal Fitness Training Certificate may substitute the following courses:
PFT 101 Foundations of Personal Training for EXS 201 Biomechanics
PFT 202 Program Design & Implementation for EXS 203 Exercise Measurement & Prescription
PFT 220 Personal Fitness for EXS 202 Exercise Physiology
**Certificate Students need to consult Program Director for specific more details.