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Fitness Management

Median Pay as a Fitness Trainer
Fitness Trainer Positions by 2024
Semesters until Graduation

Fitness Management

Fitness Management Degree

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The Fitness Management program provides you with the management and leadership skills needed to operate your own personal training business or serve as a manager at one of the top facilities in the country.

You will develop a business plan that includes a professional portfolio of required legal, business, equipment and human relation forms while developing competencies needed to succeed as a professional fitness provider. Experience and confidence grow as you and your classmates plan and execute hands-on campus and community events such as our Weight-Lifting Competition, Indoor Triathlon, Pump & Run and 5K Road Race.

Hocking College's Fitness Management Technology provides you with training for employment in the fitness industry – from a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Group Fitness Instructor (GFI), and Certified Lifeguard to manager of a fitness facility or even ownership of your own personal business. Our new affiliation with The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and dynamic hands-on curriculum provides our graduates with the skills and certifications necessary to start working as a CPT, GFI, or Lifeguard at some of the most exciting and challenging fitness facilities in the world.

The following general or core outcomes are work and life skills, behaviors and attitudes cultivated in all students seeking an Associate Degree in Fitness Management Technology:

  • Demonstrate math skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of science and the environment
  • Demonstrate learning, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Maintain professional skills and attitudes
  • Practice human relations skills
  • Demonstrate community, cultural and global awareness
  • Communicate effectively
  • Maintain a code of ethics

    Outcomes from the Fitness Management Program at Hocking College

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate in Applied Science in Fitness Management Technology Degree::

  • Create a portfolio of in-demand skills required in the fitness and recreation industry.
  • Demonstrate ability to obtain complete fitness assessments that include the following:  body composition, flexibility, cardiorespiratory and muscular strength and endurance.
  • Design and supervise safe, appropriate and effective resistance training.
  • Design and supervise safe, appropriate and effective cardiorespiratory training.
  • Exhibit traits and skills of a personal trainer and fitness professional required in a successful business.

Licensure and Certification

The program concludes by taking the ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam, after which you will embark on a multi-day field trip to several of the nation’s best fitness facilities. This all culminates with a 300 hour, off campus internship at a fitness or wellness center tailored to your goals, where you will have an opportunity to apply your fitness knowledge in a real-world setting.


In addition to taking the ACE GFI and CPT certification exams that are integrated in the curriculum, Graduates of the Fitness Management Technology program are also eligible to take the following national certification exams: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) and CPT, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) CPT.


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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Fitness Management

Total Credit Hours:
60.0 - 61.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$2,483 - $2,523

Class Hours: 44.0 - 45.5
Lab Hours: 35.536.0

Total Credit Hours:
60.0 - 61.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$2,483 - $2,523

Class Hours: 44.0 - 45.5
Lab Hours: 35.5 - 36.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FT-1110 Introduction to Fitness 2.00 2.00 3.00 $60.00
  FT-1160 Resistance Training 2.00 2.00 3.00 $60.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  EM-1134 Basic Life Support (CPR)/BFA 0.00 3.00 1.00 $110.00
  MATH - 1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
  *** Health Promotion Elective 1 0.00 0.00 1.00  
    Totals 11.00 9.00 16.00 $542.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FT-1125 Fitness Testing (SL/CR) 2.00 2.00 3.00 $60.00
  FT-1130 Aerobic and Group Exercise 2.00 2.00 3.00 $410.00
  PSYC-1101 General Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  COMM - 1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  MICS - 1125 Microsoft Office - Spreadsheet 1.00 0.00 1.00 $70.00
  PED - 1401 Beginning Swimming 0.00 2.00 1.00 $100.00
OR PED - 1403 Lifeguard Training 1.50 1.50 2.00 $60.00
  *** Health Promotion Elective 1 0.00 0.00 1.00  
    Totals 11.00 - 12.50 5.50 - 6.00 15.00 - 16.00 $655.00 - 695.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FT-2296 Group Exercise & Testing Practicum 2.00 7.00 3.00 $60.00
  FT-2220 Fitness Management Projects (SL/CR) 2.00 2.00 3.00 $60.00
  DT-1102 Basic Nutrition 3.00 0.00 3.00 $10.00
  BIOS-1113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
  FT - 2291 Professional Development Field Trip 1.00 1.00 1.00 $170.00
    Totals 11.00 12.00 14.00 $470.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FT-2210 The Personal Fitness Trainer 2.00 2.00 3.00 $110.00
  FT-2230 ACE Certification and Prep 3.00 2.00 4.00 $421.00
  BIOS-1114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
  FT - 2298 Internship Practicum 2.00 3.00 3.00 $100.00
  ENGL-1104 Job Search Techniques 1.00 0.00 1.00  $15.00
    Totals 11.00 9.00 15.00 $816.00
Course Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 9.00 Cost: $542.00

Course Hours: 11.00 - 12.50 Lab Hours:5.50 - 6.00 Cost: $655.00 - $695.00

Course Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 9.00 Cost: $470.00

Course Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 9.00 Cost: $816.00

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A Career in Fitness Management Trains Students for a Strong Future

Gym woman exercising with her personal trainer.jpegThe demand for fitness management graduates continues to increase.

Employment of fitness instructors and trainers is projected to grow by 8%.

Graduates of the Hocking College Fitness Management Technology program find employment as certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and fitness managers in a variety of commercial, corporate and community or recreational settings.

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