A.S. Degree


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A.S. Degree



The Fitness Specialist curriculum is a two-year program leading towards an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree.  Upon completion of the Fitness Specialist Program, graduates will be prepared to;

Transfer to four- year colleges in such areas as exercise physiology, physical education, sports medicine, athletic training, sports management, cardiac rehabilitation and other health-related fields.

(Students considering transfer to a baccalaureate degree program should consult with the program coordinator as well as advisors at the transfer institution, since transfer credit is determined by the transfer institution.  Several articulation agreements are already in place to facilitate transferability.)

Obtain employment as fitness instructors, personal trainers, and owners or managers of facilities serving fitness and wellness programs.

Certification - sit for the American College of Sports Medicine, Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Exam.

The Fitness Specialist Program at Suffolk County Community College integrates the principles of exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, anatomy, leadership, conditioning concepts and psychology.  Students apply their knowledge and skills to enhance health, fitness, sport performance and the overall quality of life for the general population in commercial, community (schools), clinical and workplace (corporate) settings.  In addition, the Fitness Specialist Program is committed to promoting wellness within the college community.

This program is available for full or part-time enrollment.  However, the fitness specialist courses MUST be taken in sequence and are only offered in the day schedule.  All students are encouraged to discuss course selections with the program coordinator.

Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Students are admitted on a space available basis in consultation with the Admissionís Office.  It is suggested that application be made in a timely manner.

To be considered for admissions, entering students must have completed high school Biology (Regents) and Sequential Math I with Sequential Math II highly recommended.  High school Chemistry is strongly recommended.  Those who do not fulfill this chemistry requirement should consult the program coordinator for an alternative course selection.  Strong communication skills and an interview through the Admissionís Office are required.  Spring semester applicants must have successfully completed BY30 (Anatomy and Physiology I).


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