Information Session for the Exercise Science Program

Welcome to the Exercise Science Program online information session.

The information session is designed to supply applicants to the Exercise Science program with accurate information and guide the applicant through the application process.

Successful completion of an information session is a mandatory step in the application process and must be completed before applying to the program.

At the end of the presentation, there is a post test to be completed as verification of reading the informational session material.


Upon completion of this informational session you should able to:

  • Define/Describe Exercise Science Program
  • Understand the job market.
  • Describe your educational options for the Exercise Science Program
  • List the requirements for being admitted to the Exercise Science Program

The goal of this information session is to define the Exercise Science Program, explain the difference between the two Exercise Science certificates and the Associate of Applied Science degree, give you a brief overview of the roles and responsibilities that you should expect as a Personal Fitness Trainer , and to provide you information about the job market and application process.

What is the Exercise Science Program?

The Exercise Science program prepares students for a variety of careers within the rapidly growing fitness and wellness industry. In general, students will use their knowledge of fitness, exercise, and a proper diet to help individuals or groups improve their health and well-being.

Graduates are qualified to work with gyms, corporations, or individuals.

Areas of Study for the Exercise Science Program

  • Aerobic Training
  • Strength Training
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Equipment Use And Safety
  • Wellness Concepts

Students in the Exercise Science program receive skilled instruction in aerobic training, strength training, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, equipment use and safety, and wellness concepts which deal with issues such as smoking cessation, stress management, and weight control.

The Program goals are to:

  1. Produce students who are to produce students who are competent and knowledgeable in both the concepts of fitness and health as well as skilled in the application of training methods on a healthy individual.
  2. Actively train individuals with the focus on safe and effective programs that result in a healthier client.
  3. Optimize employment opportunities for the graduate of our program. Students will be prepared to work in gyms, corporations, or with individuals.
  4. Help students prepare for national certification exams.

Why Choose ACC?

  • Qualified Faculty
    • Graduate degrees in Exercise Science/Health Promotion
    • All faculty are nationally certified
  • Excellent pass rate for national exams
    • 90% pass rate for ACE-PT exam
    • 92% pass rate for NSCA-CPT exam.
    • 100% pass rate for ACSM-CPT exam
  • Focus on practical learning:
    • Approximately half of the FITT courses have labs.
    • Students in the one-year certificate and two-year associate’s degree are placed at a fitness facility in their final summer semester for true “hands-on” guided learning. Although not a guarantee, many of the interns are offered a position at the end of their internship.

Why is this Job Market so Lucrative?

Aging baby boomers - are concerned with staying healthy, physically fit, and independent. They have become the largest demographic group of health club members.

Reduction of physical education programs and childhood obesity - The reduction of physical education programs in schools, combined with parents’ growing concern about childhood obesity, has resulted in rapid increases in children’s health club membership.

Youth athletes and young professional adults - Increasingly, athletic youth also are hiring personal trainers, and weight-training gyms for children younger than 18 are expected to continue to grow. Health club membership among young adults also has grown steadily, driven by concern with physical fitness and by rising incomes.

In addition, the job market continues to expand and diversify in areas that are not so typical.

  • Wedding market
  • Modeling agencies/acting schools
  • Faith-based fitness
  • Physical therapy centers
  • Medical community marketing
  • School/day care centers
  • Corporate fitness
  • Hospital community
  • Cruise ships

Job Expectations

What are common job expectations for the Trainer?

  • Many jobs are part-time, but trainers may work at multiple sites to help increase income. Full-time employment is more difficult for the beginning to obtain.
  • Night and weekend working hours are common for the person fitness trainer.

Pay Expectations

Median pay at national levels

Based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages of fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in can be found at the US Department of Labor.

The Exercise Science program offers three plans that an individual can apply to.

Fitness Specialist: seventeen-hour certificate

Click here to view certificate plan

Employment expectation for this certificate

The Fitness Specialist certificate can be completed in one semester. This certificate is designed to train individuals who seek employment as a support staff member in a fitness facility but not as a personal trainer. Included in the 17-hour certificate are instruction in fitness evaluation, wellness concepts, facility operation, and human anatomy and physiology.

Personal Fitness Trainer: Thirty-five hour certificate

Click here to view the certificate plan

Employment Expectations for this certificate

The certificate is designed to train individuals who seek employment as a Personal Trainer. This certificate is designed to offer focused instruction in the field of exercise science with specific training in fitness evaluation and testing, program design and implementation, and advanced training methods and nutrition. Along with appealing to individuals who want to learn the skills and knowledge to be a Personal Trainer, this is also an excellent choice for current professionals wanting to update their skills.


Students must hold current adult CPR/AED certification to be awarded the Certificate.

Associate of Applied Science

Click here to view the degree plan

Sixty-hour degree program

The Associate of Applied Science is a 60 hour, two-year degree program.

Employment Opportunities

The degree may offer more employment opportunities by facilities which require a higher level of education.


Students must hold current adult CPR/AED certification to be awarded the Personal Fitness Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Degree versus certificate

The degree is designed to integrate the educational and practical training skills needed to be an exercise professional as well as cater to the individual who may have plans to continue his/her education at a four-year institution.

National Certification

The program incorporates material specific to national certification preparation for exams such as those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (C-PT), National Strength and Conditioning Association (C-PT), and the American Council on Exercise (PT)

Requirements for Exercise Science Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The prospective student interested in the Associate Degree must meet with the Department Chair to develop a degree plan. Course suggestions will vary greatly depending on individual student college transcript. Please note that an associate degree pursuant can be begin with a Fitness Specialist Level 1 Certificate, move on to the Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1 Certificate, and then complete the Exercise Science Associate of Applied Science degree.

Course Sequence

Typical start is Fall semester.

Technical Standards

The Exercise Science program establishes technical standards and essential functions to insure that students have the abilities required to participate and potentially be successful in all aspects of the respective programs with or without reasonable accommodations due to a documented disability.

Fitness experts must have a variety of personal attributes and abilities to be successful in this challenging field. Technical Standards are required to be met by applicants to the program. Please review the technical standards located on page 2 of the Exercise Student Handbook.

Students are required to meet technical standards and essential functions for the Exercise Science program as indicated above. If an applicant or student is unable to meet all of the outlined standards, he/she may be withdrawn from the program.

Exercise Science student handbook.


Personal Factors for Acceptance

Priority for acceptance is given to individuals who:

Have displayed academic success previous to applying to the program and can pursue either the certificate or the AAS degree as a full-time student. Although, part-time status does not exclude a student from the program.

Each year approximately 12 to 16 students are accepted into the program to begin coursework in the Fall.

Application Requirements

  • No criminal background check required
  • No immunization records required
  • No drug screen required

Application Process

  2. Complete the Information Session(which you are doing at the moment).
  3. Submit the departmental application after a short verification test. The Department Chair will contact you to schedule individual consultation.

Please NOTE: Acceptance into ACC does not guarantee acceptance into the Program.

You have concluded the informational session for the Exercise Science program.

  1. Please continue to the short verification post test.
  2. At the conclusion of the post test, fill out the departmental application – the link will show up when you submit the test.
  3. Application Submission is the final step to the application process. The department chair will contact you to schedule a meeting on the RVS campus.


Many resources are available to Exercise Science students at ACC through:

Counselors are available in ACC’s Student Services to discuss academic, career, and personal matters.

Students who need financial assistance should contact the ACC Financial Aid Office. The college offers a variety of grants, loans, work-study programs and scholarships.

Student Accessibility Services & Assistive Technology (SAS) offers assistance for students with special needs and is available at each ACC campus.

Contact Us

Pam Soto, Department Chair

Office 1134-A

Riverside Campus (RVS)

1020 Grove Blvd.

Austin, Texas 78741

Phone: 512.223.6040