Mar 31, 2023  
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog 

Health & Fitness Science, A.A.S. (A45630)

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The Health and Fitness Science curriculum prepares multi-skilled fitness professionals to be qualified to perform various skills in the health and fitness industry. Graduates of the Health and Fitness Science program will be required to sit for an accredited certified personal trainer exam before graduation. Graduates may also be eligible to sit for a variety of other examinations that pertain to the health and fitness industry. Employment opportunities include YMCA’s, fitness studios, parks and recreation departments, hospitals, sports performance facilities, and other health and fitness areas.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate competency and knowledge of kinesiology and exercise physiology.
  2. Demonstrate, instruct, and administer proper exercise testing methods.
  3. Design, plan, and lead individual and group exercise programs.
  4. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a successful and proficient personal trainer.
  5. Design and implement corporate and worksite wellness programs.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Health and Fitness Science (HFS) program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college. Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Health and Fitness Science Program.

To be eligible to submit an application to the associate degree health and fitness science program applicants must:

  • Have completed coursework up through, or place out of DMA 050 (Developmental Math) and DRE 098 (Developmental Reading) prior to entering the Health and Fitness Science Program.
  • Have grades of “C” or better in all related courses.

Competitive Admission Criteria

The following is used by the Health and Fitness Science Program Admissions Committee in the selection process of qualified applicants. While the completion of all developmental level courses are the only required admission criteria, ADDITIONAL ADMISSION POINTS can be earned from the following categories:

  • College degree/diploma
  • College level Anatomy & Physiology course
  • College level English course
  • College level Math course
  • College level Physical Education/Health courses
  • CPR Certification (current)
  • College level Psychology course
  • Accredited Fitness Certification (current)
  • Previous fitness work experience

Additional Requirements Upon Admission to the Health and Fitness Science Program

In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA and earning a minimum grade of “C” in all Health and Fitness Science curriculum courses, applicants accepted into the HFS program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue HFS courses.

  • A completed Gaston College Health and Human Services Student Medical form documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health signed by a health care practitioner.
  • The documentation of additional non-academic criteria includes criminal background checks, urine drug testing, and proof of immunizations. Students are to complete these requirements by registering and paying a fee to a third party vendor. Instructions will be provided by the compliance specialist.

Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on failure to meet the above requirements. Requirements are subject to change by the clinical agency.

Professional liability insurance (malpractice insurance) is arranged through the Gaston College Business Office.

Applicants should be aware that travel in “out-of-service” areas may be required for clinical externship work experiences (Work-Based Learning (WBL) courses).

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: uniforms, a physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screen, and the fees for the required Certified Personal Trainer Examination.



Total Program Hours: 70


A math course is required for all HFS students. The College will advise all HFS students to take three (3) hours in math. An additional Chemistry course is available for those HFS students who will be preparing for their Baccalaureate degree.

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