The International Sports Sciences Association is the world leader in fitness education and delivers comprehensive, cognitive and practical distance education for fitness professionals, grounded in industry research, using both traditional and innovative modalities. Founded in 1988 by Dr. Sal Arria and Dr. Frederick Hatfield, the International Sports Sciences Association offers 12 certificate programs and an associate of science degree program. Since its inception in 2011, the College of Exercise Science has produced over 2200 graduates in its certificate and degree programs.
Accreditation and Approval
International Sports Sciences Association is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
International Sports Sciences Association offers an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE WITH AN EMPHASIS IN PERSONAL TRAINING
Length: 90 quarter credits
The purpose of an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training is to prepare students for entry-level positions as personal trainers with the ability to pursue a Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree in Exercise Science, Medical Exercise, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Physical Education, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, or Chiropractic.
Our program is designed specifically for students who seek to acquire a comprehensive framework in personal training concepts and skills in order to contribute and create solutions for the widest variety of clients. Many students also find these skills essential to improving their own health.
Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to apply exercise science, business, management, communication, and psychology to meet the needs of their clients as well as support their own professional and entrepreneurial efforts.
Skills and Knowledge You’ll Acquire
- Demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world situations.
- Develop the foundation of exercise science knowledge and technical skills to support and facilitate lifelong professional development.
- Demonstrate the ability to meet client needs through the use of critical thinking, creativity, logic, and analytical skills.
- Demonstrate the competence to implement and apply current exercise and nutrition strategies to allow clients to effectively meet their goals.
- Demonstrate the aptitude to apply sound scientific and communication principles to the functions of assessment, program design, motivation, and coaching.
- Develop an academic foundation to go beyond an Associate’s Degree into higher education.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
Length: 180 quarter credits
The Bachelor’s in Exercise Science program focuses on concepts in kinesiology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, exercise programming, and management. The program prepares students for entry- to mid-level jobs in the fitness industry in positions such as training, strength coaching, managerial, directorial and corporate wellness roles; and in the healthcare industry in positions such as exercise physiologists and clinical exercise specialists. Furthermore, graduates of the Bachelor’s in Exercise Science program are prepared for post-baccalaureate study in areas such as athletic training, biomechanics, chiropractics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, sports management, sport psychology and more. In addition to earning a degree, by completing the Bachelor’s in Exercise Science program graduates will also earn a minimum of six fitness certifications.
Skills and Knowledge You’ll Acquire
- Develop safe and effective exercise programming which address all health-fitness related variables
- Demonstrate effective management of fiscal, physical, and human resources for health and fitness facilities
- Demonstrate an understanding of scientific and theoretical foundations for the delivery of an effective health and wellness program.
- Demonstrate an understanding of current ethical concerns in the profession leading to successful employment or further schooling
- Synthesize, analyze, and interpret information for critical problem solving in human performance-based contexts
Non-Degree Seeking Students
The International Sports Sciences Association College of Exercise Science welcomes individuals who are not seeking a degree but wish to continue their education for college credit. Non-degree seeking students are individuals who may be taking coursework for personal enrichment, job enhancement, or certification. Non-degree seeking students may either enroll in individual courses or enroll into a certificate program.
Certificate Program Options
The International Sports Sciences Association College of Exercise Science offers twelve different certificate programs. These certificates can be earned through structured undergraduate classes or through self- paced study. Certificate courses taken as self-paced study satisfy degree requirements, but do not contribute to the 30-credit undergraduate minimum required for associate’s degree conferral. In order to transfer self-paced courses into the degree program*, students must pass a competency exam.
- Master Trainer
- Elite Trainer
- Transformation Specialist Bodybuilding Specialist
- Certified Fitness Trainer
- Corrective Exercise Specialist Professional Nutrition Coach
- Specialist in Exercise Therapy Specialist in Senior Fitness
- Specialist in Sports Nutrition
- Specialist in Strength and Conditioning Youth Fitness Trainer
* A maximum of 2 self-paced or guided study courses can be transferred into the degree program.
What Do Our Students Say?
Through earning my associate’s degree, I gained the skills I needed to start and run a successful wellness and lifestyle coaching business. As a result, I’ve been able to transform the lives of hundreds of clients. Furthermore, my associate’s degree was the first step on my academic path, as I was then able to go on to earn my bachelor’s degree and I am currently in process of completing my master’s degree. As an active duty service member, I was able to accomplish all of these endeavors while still proudly serving my country.~Erik Wilkins; Class of 2013~
After about a year from beginning my journey to the completion of my requirements, I’ve received my AS in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training and that propelled my credibility in this field. I am now a Personal Trainer contracted to professionally train at an Air Force Base and am proud to include active duty military, lawyers, government agents and contractors, and of course other motivated individuals ready to make lasting changes in their lives. It’s surreal to be surrounded by genuine professionals in their respective fields who come to me to seek my educated advice on fitness and nutrition. I’m now more confident in this profession and I love my job a hundred fold.~Crystal Branco; Class of 2017~