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Kinesiology Program

The Career That Moves You

What They Do: A degree in Kinesiology will prepare students to enter a variety of fields associated with sports, exercise science, rehabilitation, education and/or motor development.

Who Would Enjoy It: Outgoing, people-oriented individuals interested in exercise science, health/injury prevention, wellness, and athletics, would enjoy working in this field.  Working environments typically include gyms, fitness facilities, athletic facilities, rehabilitation clinics or hospital settings.

Employment Prospects: Many of the areas of Kinesiology have seen substantial growth in employment opportunities, particularly in the health/wellness, sport performance and rehabilitation fields.  Click on the jobs below to see specific information for each career option.

Kinesiology - The Science That Moves You

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Students who graduate with an Associate's degree in Kinesiology will be able to work in entry level positions in fitness leadership, wellness promotion, corporate wellness, etc., or transfer to a four-year institution in the field of Kinesiology. Students who continue on to complete an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology may choose careers in the corporate or clinical settings. Additionally, students have the option of continuing their education to receive an advanced degree in a variety of kinesiology related fields, such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician's Assistant, Athletic Training, Pre-Med, etc.

Professional Fitness Leader (Professional Fitness Leader curriculum proposed to be combined with the Kinesiology curriculum starting Fall 2020)

Are you interested in fitness? Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals?

If your answer is yes to those questions then LCC is giving you an opportunity to learn the science of a Fitness Leader, start a career in the fitness industry and get a job doing what you love!

A Group Fitness Instructor is a professional in the field of fitness and group exercise. These instructors lead a group of individuals in activities such as circuit training, core strength, high intensity training, aerobics, or a variety of other group exercises. Fitness topics may also include nutrition, weight-loss, and self-help.

A Personal Trainer is a professional that works one on one with individuals to guide, motivate, and create fitness plans in order to meet the goals of their client.  Trainers work with clients on goal setting, behavior modification, weight lifting form & mechanics, and cardiovascular training.

To become a successful fitness leader, an individual needs to be knowledgeable in exercise science and aware of current and future trends in the profession.

LCC offers a Professional Fitness Leader curriculum. This curriculum will get you ready for the fitness industry in as quick as 2 semesters! The curriculum consists of:

  • Group Fitness Instructor, Certificate of Completion
  • Personal Trainer, Certificate of Achievement
  • Professional Fitness Leader, Associates Degree in Applied Science

For more information on the Kinesiology program at Lansing Community College, contact Fitness and Wellness, Health and Human Services Building, Room 108, phone (517) 483-1410; or the Academic Advising Center in the Star Zone located in the Gannon Building -  phone (517) 483-1904.

The Career That Moves You

What They Do: A degree in Kinesiology will prepare students to enter a variety of fields associated with sports, exercise science, rehabilitation, education and/or motor development.

Who Would Enjoy It: Outgoing, people-oriented individuals interested in exercise science, health prevention and wellness, physical education, and athletics, would enjoy working in this field. Working environments typically include gyms, fitness facilities, schools, or hospital settings.

Employment Prospects: Many of the areas of Kinesiology have seen substantial growth in employment opportunities, particularly in the health and wellness fields.

Click on the jobs below to see specific information for each career option.

Due to the wide variety of careers within the field of Kinesiology, salary is largely dependent on educational level and certifications.

Related Occupations: Related careers include athletic training, sports medicine, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, sports facilities management, sports psychology, coaching, sports communication, exercise physiologists, and physical therapy.

Careers in Kinesiology

Athletic Training

Personal Training and Aerobics Instruction

Biomechanics

Physical Therapy

Coaching and Scouting

Sport Management

Corporate Health and Wellness

Sports Official

Exercise Physiology

Sports Psychology

 

Sports Sociology

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Growth and Motor Behavior

Curriculum

Associate Degree

Code

Kinesiology/Exercise Science, AAS

1639

Course Offerings

Many of the physical fitness and kinesiology courses taught at LCC are offered throughout the academic year and can be taken to upgrade current skills or fulfill degree and transfer requirements. Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

For information relating to transfer to Michigan State University, visit our Michigan Transfer Information page.

Associate Degree

Code

 

Professional Fitness Leader, AAS

1703

 
     

Certificate

Code

Group Fitness Instructor, CC

1704

Personal Trainer, CA

1705

Persons who provide exercise training must have a thorough foundation in the body systems response to exercise in order to provide proper nutrition education and exercise training in preventive and therapeutic applications. Exercise physiology classes are included in the curriculum as well as General Education Core classes.

After successful completion of this certificate individuals are prepared to take a Group Fitness Certification or Personal Trainer Certification Exam by a National Commission or Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accrediting organization, such as American Council on Exercise® (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine®
(ACSM), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA).  Once the Group Fitness or Personal Trainer certification is obtained, individuals are prepared for jobs as a Personal Trainer and are eligible to take the Level 1 Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) credential exam through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Fitness and Wellness Program at Lansing Community College

Kinesiology Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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