Aug 16, 2022  
2019-20 Gaston College Catalog 

Health & Fitness Science - Group Exercise Instructor Certificate (C45630A)

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The Group Exercise Instructor Certificate prepares students to work as a Group Exercise Instructor in the health and fitness industry.  Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to design group exercise classes using their knowledge of exercise science, lead classes effectively, and provide technique demonstrations.  Students will also be trained to analyze and evaluate potential Group Exercise Instructors in their presentation skills, class organization, use of audiovisuals, and proper critique to participants.  Group Exercise Instructors are able to work in a variety of settings, including YMCAs, fitness centers, and recreation centers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate competency and knowledge of kinesiology and exercise physiology.
  2. Design, plan, and lead both individual and group exercise programs based on scientifically recognized training guidelines.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a successful and proficient Group Exercise Instructor.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Health and Fitness Science - Group Exercise Instructor Certificate 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-Health and Wellness Coach Certificate Program.

To be eligible to submit an application to the Health and Fitness Science - Group Exercise Instructor Certificate program applicants must:

  1. Submit a Gaston College Application
  2. Complete Residency Determination for in-state tuition
  3. Apply for financial aid
  4. Meet with an advisor / Attend an information session
  5. Submit official transcripts
  6. Provide proof of course placement requirements:

Students must demonstrate readiness for College level reading and math. Students can demonstrate that readiness in the following ways:

  1. Provide proof of unweighted US High School GPA of 2.8 or higher within the last ten years.
  2. Provide proof of an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Provide proof of satisfactory scores on ACT, SAT, GED, NCDAP, COMPASS, ASSET or ACUPLACER within the last ten years.

Students who do not have recent high school transcripts or test scores within the past 10 years should prepare to take the placement test and demonstrate:

Mastery on RISE (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence) English placement Tier 2 and RISE Math placement Tier 3; OR successfully complete ENG 002 through TIER 2 (grade of P2) and MAT 003 through Tier 3 (grade of P3).

Total Program Hours: 16

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