The Kinesiology and Health – Personal Training pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.
How long will it take?
The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.
Where will I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online
ALL COURSES REQUIRED TO EARN THE DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE.
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Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1
Kinesiology and Health -- Personal Training Pathway, A.S.
What Is Kinesiology and Health?
Kinesiology and Health (formerly known as physical education) is the study of healthy living and movement patterns related to fitness and physical activities.
Why Study Kinesiology and Health?
Developing a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things someone can do. To help others do the same makes a real impact. In a culture where health and physical education rule, understanding the science of human movement and the positive implications of a healthy society can change lives.
Students may choose between a pathway that begins preparation for a teaching career or a non-teaching pathway in Kinesiology and Health with a focus on one of three areas: Exercise Science, Personal Trainer or Health Coach.
A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Within the Kinesiology and Health department we offer two options with the Exercise Science Pathway that are partners with the American Council on Exercise. Perimeter is the only college in metro Atlanta that is partnered with ACE and its certification program. Students can finish our courses and then take their national certification test with the American Council on Exercise and after passing it begin working in the field as either a personal trainer or a health coach.
Accrediting agency is SACS in general.
Certifications in the Personal Trainer Concentration and the Health Coach concentration require American Council on Exercise ACE certification.
As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.
Within the Kinesiology and Health Pathway students have three options as to a concentration area they wish to follow. Students can choose to follow an exercise science concentration and transition to downtown, they can choose a Personal Trainer concentration and become certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council of Exercise or they can choose the Health Coach concentration and upon completion of the associate degree become certified as a Health Coach and begin working in the field, with many options of locations to work.
Kinesiology and Health helps people develop physically and socially. Certifications are available for Health Coaching and Personal Training, however, students looking for a more in-depth study can pursue the Exercise Science Pathway with a focus on Health Coaching or Personal Training and continue into a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Careers available for those interested in Kinesiology and Health include:
For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics
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