Immediately join the workforce as a fitness professional while giving yourself a deeper understanding of the human body and its respective functions.
Overview for Exercise Science Certificate
A certificate in exercise science prepares you to sit for a range of fitness and training exams, including the exams to become a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, health coach, and more. It can also complement other programs such as the biomedical sciences, nutritional sciences, or dietetics and nutrition, as it bolsters your knowledge of exercise, in particular, strength and conditioning.
RIT’s Certificate in Exercise Science
College-level knowledge and professional certification are increasingly required for those who wish to work in the fitness industry, whether full- or part-time, in an athletic club, wellness center, or sports medicine facility. Knowledge of, and professional certification in, personal training, fitness instruction, and related programming also are of increasing value to allied health professionals who wish to augment their level of care with the ability to prescribe exercise and wellness programs that address special medical needs.
Exercise Science Courses
In just three classes, RIT’s exercise science certificate can open the door to a range of exciting opportunities. The exercise science certificate enables you to:
Bolster your knowledge of exercise, in particular, strength and conditioning.
Qualify you to sit for a range of fitness and training exams, including the exams to become a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, health coach, and more.
Boost your professional options.
For students majoring in biomedical sciences or nutritional sciences the certificate can enhance your professional opportunities.
For students in other majors the certificate is a way to continue your involvement in fitness, wellness, and health regardless of your career path.
This course goes inside the science of physical fitness providing the student with an in depth physiological understanding of how the body adapts and improves through exercise activity. Students actively perform a series of self-assessments which they must analyze in order to determine their current state of fitness. With this data students develop exercise programs tailored to their needs and interests. Stress management and nutrition are examined allowing students to incorporate these two important areas into their plans to be fit for life. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
This course is designed to provide instruction to prepare students for certification as a Personal Trainer. It examines the role exercise plays in both the enhancement of health and fitness as well as the improvement of athletic performance. Students will develop a basic understanding of how the human body functions while physically active. Case studies are utilized to assist in the development of practical skills. (Prerequisites: (MEDG-101 and MEDG-103) or (MEDG-102 and MEDG-104) or BIOL-101 or BIOL-121 or (BIOL-123 and BIOL-125) or (BIOL-124 and BIOL-126) or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Exercise for Special Populations
This course is designed for those who are interested in the science of exercise and fitness for individuals with diagnosed disease states, or high performance requirements. The theoretical and diagnostic value of exercise testing will be reviewed. This information will then be used to create exercise prescriptions and understand the therapeutic benefit that exercise will have on specific conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity. High performance individuals functioning in challenging environments such as, astronauts, high altitude climbers, and ultramarathoners will also be considered. (Prerequisites: EXSC-205 or EXSC-206 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).