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
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
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
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.
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).