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Kinesiology Program

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 enter a K-12 physical education teacher certification program or 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.

Professional Fitness Leader

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 Professional 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, aerobics, or a variety of other group exercises. Fitness topics may also include nutrition, weight-loss, and self-help.

The Professional Fitness Leader degree program at Lansing Community College was created in response to the increasing demand for highly-trained, certified exercise instructors and personal trainers across the nation and in fitness clubs and area-wide recreation facilities.

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 Professional Fitness Leader 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, Gannon Building, Room 212, 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.

Expected Earnings: The starting salaries range from $18,000 - $30,000+ per year. Because of 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, K-12 teaching, sports facilities management, sports psychology, coaching, sports communication, exercise science, and physical therapy.

Careers in Kinesiology

Athletic Training

Personal Training and Aerobics Instruction


Physical Therapy

Coaching and Scouting

Sport Management

Corporate Health and Wellness

Sports Official

Exercise Physiology

Sports Psychology

K-12 Physical Education

Sports Sociology

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Growth and Motor Behavior


Associate Degree


Kinesiology/Exercise Science, AAS


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



Professional Fitness Leader, AAS





Group Fitness Instructor, CC


Personal Trainer, CA


This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for a career as a Professional Fitness Leader such as a certified Group Fitness Instructor or a certified Personal Trainer. 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.

Upon completion, individuals are prepared to take a Group Fitness Instructor certification exam as well as a Personal Trainer certification exam given by a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accrediting organization, such as American Council on Exercise© (ACE), or American College of Sports Medicine© (ACSM). Once either of these certifications are obtained, individuals are eligible to take the Level 1 Exercise is Medicine© (EIM) credential exam. This Exercise is Medicine© (EIM) credential bridges the relationship between fitness professionals and healthcare providers.

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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