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Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer Associate in Applied Science Degree
Personal Trainer Diploma
Personal Trainer Certificate

Program Overview

​Personal Trainers instruct clientele in the betterment of their health through an integrated approach using sound knowledge of appropriate exercises. Functional training techniques, aerobic exercises, advanced stretching modalities (such as PNF and AIS) are implemented appropriately based on initial fitness testing. 

Graduates of the Personal Trainer Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program perform client assessment and build customized fitness plans for individuals including clients with special needs. Methods of teaching various group fitness classes and nutritional consulting are also utilized. This program is designed for immediate employment after graduation or transfer to baccalaureate degree programs that have articulation agreements with the College. ​

Graduates of the Personal Trainer Diploma program perform client assessments and build customized fitness plans for individuals including clients with special needs. ​​ Methods of teaching various group fitness classes and nutritional consulting are also utilized.

Graduates of the Personal Trainer Certificate program perform patient assessments and build customized fitness plans for individuals. ​​​

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art Fitness Lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • Fundamentals of a healthy diet and the role that carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and minerals play in maintaining health and fitness.
  • A solid awareness of nutrition, how to utilize that awareness and make suggestions to clientele where appropriate.
  • Basic knowledge of body structure and function, with emphasis on the healthy body.
  • Components of human movement, muscles of the body, origin and insertion sites, nerve innervation, associated bones and bony landmarks and action.
  • Major components of fitness analysis, exercise program design, functional training program design and the skills necessary for teaching individual and group activities.
  • Management of common soft-tissue injuries through inhibitory techniques, bracing, taping, advanced stretching and corrective exercise techniques.​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​Textbook and Supply Costs
    Students should expect to spend approximately $1,300.00 for books and supplies. This cost is in addition to tuition and fees.

  • Career Settings

    • ​​​Fitness centers 
    • Health clubs 
    • Private clubs 
    • Sports rehabilitation facilities
    • ​Private practice
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following programs and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. For more information please contact a transfer specialist or go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​

    Personal Trainer AAS Degree​

    • BA Kinesiology, Concordia University 
    • BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus 
    • BAS Healthcare Leadership & Administration, Winona State University​

    Personal Trainer Diploma

    • BA Kinesiology, Concordia University 

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  • Additional Benefits

    Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

    • ​Graduates will be prepared to take a national exam for Certification in Personal Training (CPT).

    • Graduates will be prepared to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) exam for Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).



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Gainful Employment

Personal Trainer Certificate

Personal Trainer Diploma

Career Information

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