This program has additional prerequisites prior to enrolling in FITT courses. Application requirements are included in the description below.
The curriculum for the Personal Trainer certificate is composed of courses designed to provide the student the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce in the area of Commercial Fitness.These courses will allow the student the ability to provide personal training services to clients seeking to improve their fitness levels. Training strategies, program development and assessment practices are included to prepare students to be competitive in the Commercial Fitness industry.This certificate provides individuals with the most current, foundational knowledge, training,testing and competencies to certify them to practice as professional certified fitness trainers.
Taught over a two semester period, this certificate includes 19 semester hours of lecture in topics that include basic anatomy,biomechanics, nutrition, legal and safety issues,basic facility management, CPR and First Aid, as well as hands-on fitness labs that offer participants exercise prescription knowledge, fitness testing,health assessment, the use of fitness equipment,case studies, risk stratification, and mastering the art and science of personal training. In addition,students will be eligible to take a certification exam with a national organization upon completion of the certificate program.
Completion of a High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in the FITT courses. For additional information, please contact Mr. Brent Angangan or Dr. Rebecca De Los Santos, Department Chair, in the Kinesiology Department(956) 872-3707.
*Award is pending approval from SACSCOC and Department of Education.
Advisory Committee Members
John Quezada, Committee Chair, Army Master Fitness Trainer
Humberto Cerda, Manager, Gold's Gym
Antonio Diaz, Manager/Personal Trainer, Gold's Gym
Jaime Cavazos, Cavazos Sports Institute
Louie Palacios, Owner, The Shack
Yvette Garcia, Trainer, The Shack
Mike Johnson, Owner, VPR Fitness
Joe Valtierra, Trainer, VPR Fitness
Dr. Belinda Jordan, Obesity Physician,
Joel Matos, Vice President, Freedom Fitness
Cristopher Garcia Sancho, Personal Trainer,Freedom Fitness
Leroy Moreno, Physician Assistant, Family First Medical Center
Joe Pitones, Owner, 9Round Fitness
Peggy Ramon Rosales, Registered Dietician, PR Nutrition Consulting
Dr. Robert Zuniga, Chiropractor
*Personal Trainer Certificate
|First Semester||Credit Hours|
|FITT 1401||Fitness and Exercise Testing||4|
|FITT 1237||Personal Training||2|
|KINE 1306||First Aid||3|
|FITT 2309||Theory of Exercising Program Design and Instruction||3|
|FITT 2305||Sports Facility Management||3|
|FITT 2313||Exercise Science||3|
|FITT 1164||Practicum-Health and Physical Education||1|
|Total Credit Hours||19|
*Award pending approval from SACSCOC and Department of Education.