Dec 08, 2023  
2021-22 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 this program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for General Admission to the College. In addition, students will need to demonstrate college readiness for English and math as exhibited through the college placement test, a placement test waiver, or completion of the acceptable coursework. Your academic advisor will be able to assist you in determining your college readiness.

Lab/Clinical Fee

Level 1: $6 per lab hour for Art, Business, Health, Languages, and Math
Level 2: $12 per lab hour for Computer Information, and Natural Sciences
Level 3: $18 per lab hour for Engineering and Industrial, Central Sterile Processing, Health & Fitness Science/Physical Education, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technology, and Nurse Aide
Level 4: $24 per lab hour for Cosmetology, Esthetics, Veterinary Medical Technology, Practical Nursing, EMS, Associate Degree Nursing, and Health Information Technology
Malpractice Insurance (required for nursing and allied health services programs students): $13 per year

Total Program Hours: 12

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