Mar 08, 2021
The Health and Fitness Science curriculum prepares multi-skilled fitness professionals qualified to perform various skills in the health and fitness industry.
Course work includes instruction in exercise science, fitness and exercise testing, fitness management, prevention and care of injuries, group exercise, personal training, exercise programming, working with special populations, and ethical/legal issues associated with the fitness industry.
Graduates of the Health and Fitness Science program will be required to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine 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
- Demonstrate the ability to design and teach specific exercise and fitness classes.
- Demonstrate the ability to provide instruction in proper exercise technique, use of exercise equipment, and facilities.
- Demonstrate the ability to design specific individual exercise programs.
- Obtain at least one certification from the American College of Sports Medicine.
For all programs, the following steps must be completed for admission into Gaston College:
- Complete and submit application online or pick up application at the Gaston College Office of Admissions on the main campus, Dallas Campus, 2nd floor Myers Center.
- Request that your high school mail an official high school transcript to the Gaston College Office of Admissions. The documentation listed below can be submitted in the place of traditional high school transcript: Official Adult High School transcript, official transcript from an accredited correspondence school/institution, official transcript from Home School, or an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting an Associate Degree or higher.
- Request that all colleges/universities previously attended submit official transcripts to above address. Transcripts must be in the registrar’s office by December, 31 in order for courses to receive points for admission in the Health and Fitness Science Program.
- Take placement test as determined by the Gaston College Office of Admissions. If you have taken the Accuplacer (CPT), COMPASS Placement Test, and/or ASSET within the past five years at another college or university, please request that the scores be submitted to the Gaston College Office of Admissions.
a. Individuals who have earned a "C' or better in both college-level Math and English courses from a regionally accredited institution shall have the test waived.
b. Students who scored 500 or higher on the Verbal or Critical Reading portion of the SAT are not required to take the Writing and Reading portions of the placement test. Students who scored 500 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the SAT are not required to take the Mathematics portion of the placement test. Official test score results must be no more than 5 years old and they must be received and evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
Students who score a 18 or higher on the English portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Writing portion of the college's placement test. Students who score a 21 or higher on the Reading portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Reading portion of the college's placement test. Students who score a 22 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Math portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Math portion of the college's placement test. Official test score results must be no more than 5 years old and they must be received and evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
c. ASSET/COMPASS Placement Test and completion of any identified developmental courses are required prior to acceptance into the Health and Fitness Science Program.
- Complete New Student Orientation at Gaston College.
- Meet with a counselor or academic advisor for selection of courses, registration and specific information about the Health and Fitness Science Program.
- International students must meet all admission requirements listed under General Admission Requirements. Proof of English Proficiency is required. This may be established by making a minimum score of 540 (207 on the computer) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Complete an application for the Associate Degree Health and Fitness Science Program in addition to the general application to Gaston College. Persons interested should contact Jacob Surratt at 704-922-2283.
To be Eligible to Submit an Application to the Associate Degree Health and Fitness Science Program Applicants Must Have:
- A minimum composite score of 16 or higher on the ACT examination or a score of 830 or higher on the SAT examination to receive full acceptance into the Health and Fitness Science Program. Scores that are lower than listed above may be considered for conditional acceptance. These scores must be current within five (5) years of program admission. Individuals with a previous college degree will have the ACT/SAT examination waived with proof of graduation from an accredited college.
- An overall GPA of at least 2.0 in college level coursework taken.
Competitive Admission Criteria
The following is used by the Health and Fitness Science Program Admissions Committee in the selection process of qualified applicants:
- ACT/SAT Score
- Completion of all developmental courses.
- Number of required general education courses completed (with a minimum grade of C) by the end of the fall semester in which application is made.
- Interview with the Health and Fitness Science faculty admissions committee.
Admission points are calculated based on the above criteria. The final selection of the applicants into the program is made by the program coordinator in consultation with the Health and Fitness Science Program Admissions Committee.
Students Admitted to 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:
- Orientation session for HFS Program.
- Immunizations required by the N.C. Community College System and clinical agencies.
- Satisfactory physical and emotional health examination documented on a N.C. Community College Student Medical Form provided by the Health and Fitness Science Program.
- Criminal background check
- Drug screen.
Co-op facilities reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on failure to meet the above requirements. If a student is denied access to any co-op facility, the student will not be allowed to continue in the Health and Fitness Science Program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided upon conditional acceptance into the Health and Fitness Science Program.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: uniforms, a physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening at a time designated by the Health and Fitness Science faculty, fees for American College of Sports Medicine membership, and the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Examination.
* Students may substitute PSY 271 Sports Psychology
* Students may chose from the following courses to take as an elective****
Total Semester Hour Credits: 73