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      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:

      • Demonstrate the strong foundation in exercise science necessary to work effectively in the exercise science profession.
      • Assess and evaluate an individual’s health and performance based on skills acquired through the principles of exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, and health and wellness guidelines.
      • Design, implement and evaluate wellness and fitness programs for seemingly healthy individuals and people with controlled chronic diseases.
      • Apply knowledge and practical experience to successfully pass a nationally specified professional certificate.



      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.


      Curriculum Guide:

      CSS 100 College Student Success 1
      ENG 101 College Composition 3
      MAT 100 College Algebra 3
      BIO 111 Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
      EXS 101 Intro to Exercise Science 2
          Total = 13



      CSC 100 Intro to Computers & Computing 3
      BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
      ENG 102 College Composition 2 3
      EXS 102 Resistance Training Method 3
      EXS 103 Aerobic Training 3
          Total = 15


      HUM 101 Cultures & Values 3
      PHL 218 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
      ENG 112 Speech 3
      EXS 201 Biomechanics 3
      EXS 202 Exercise Physiology 3
      PSY 101 Intro to physiology 3
          Total = 15



      HUM/SS Choice Elective 3
      DIVERSITY Choice Elective 3
      EXS 203 Exercise Measurement & Prescription 4
      MAJ ELEC Choice Major Elective 3
      MAJ ELEC Choice Major Elective 3
          Total = 16



      EXS 115 Sports Nutrition 3
      EXS 221 Intro to Sports Management 3
      HLT 103 Principles of First Aid & CPR 3
      HLT 124 Health & Wellness 3
      PFT 103 Health Fitness Management 3


      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.