Exercise Specialist Certificate

The Exercise Specialist Certificate includes Exercise Science courses that provide comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students to successfully participate in the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Certified Personal Training Examination and enter the workforce as a personal trainer working with generally-healthy populations. These courses are currently taught at Normandale Community College and included within the existing Exercise Science Emphasis. The Exercise Specialist Certificate is recognized as a "career laddering" opportunity for our students to encourage further retention of degree completion while students gain additional credentials to professionally compete for careers within the fitness industry. Certificate completion includes current national certification of adult CPR and AED, as well as a passing grade of "C" or higher in the following four courses:

Required Courses: (12 cr)

EXSC 2300

Introduction to Exercise Science (3)

EXSC 2305

Exercise Physiology (3)

EXSC 2310

Foundations of Personal Training (3)

EXSC 2315

Exercise Prescription (3)