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Associate Degree

Kinesiology

An affordable path to prepare for a career in exercise science, this associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.

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2022 Schedule

The AS in Kinesiology program prepares students for baccalaureate degree work in Kinesiology/Exercise Science at most four-year institutions by preparing them in the basic knowledge of this field. This includes study in the areas of anatomy and physiology, energy systems and bioenergetics, biomechanics, planes of motion, muscular contractions, exercise selection and testing, program design, injury identification and rehabilitation protocols, and coach/athlete interactions. Knowledge in these areas plays a significant role in the professional preparation of the student.

Core Curriculum Requirements for the AS Degree

Kinesiology Concentration Degree Requirements

Career Paths

Athletic Trainers
Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.
Fitness Trainers and Instructors
Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities.
Recreational Therapists
Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.
Chiropractors
Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Respiratory Therapists
Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive drugs for imaging or treatment.

What You Will Learn

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Students who complete this program will demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and basic biomechanical principles.

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Students who complete this program will demonstrate knowledge of energy systems and bioenergetics including metabolic regulation and adaptations to exercise

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Students who complete this program will be able to interpret fitness/testing data to minimize risk for injury/illness and formulate strategies to mitigate injury/illness risks.

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Students who complete this program will be able to design and organize health and fitness programs for a variety of populations, including apparently health individuals, athletic populations, and/or other special populations.

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About

The AS in Kinesiology program prepares students for baccalaureate degree work in Kinesiology/Exercise Science at most four-year institutions by preparing them in the basic knowledge of this field. This includes study in the areas of anatomy and physiology, energy systems and bioenergetics, biomechanics, planes of motion, muscular contractions, exercise selection and testing, program design, injury identification and rehabilitation protocols, and coach/athlete interactions. Knowledge in these areas plays a significant role in the professional preparation of the student.

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Program Benefits

Students with this degree will be prepared to become personal trainers or fitness instructors; however, completion of a four-year degree in kinesiology or exercise science will prepare students for a career in human health and wellness. With further education, graduates could pursue careers such as athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach, physical therapist, occupational therapist, sport psychologist, exercise physiologist, corporate wellness director, or college professor.

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Natural Sciences Division Chair:

Degree Program Coordinator:
Kurt Reinhard, kreinhard@gmc.edu

Division Chair:
Randy Elvidge, relvidge@gmc.edu

Start when you're ready
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Mar 21, 2022

Jun 06, 2022

Mar 21, 2022

Jun 06, 2022

Register by: Mar 21, 2022
Register by: May 22, 2022

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