Health and Fitness Education AAS

About Health and Fitness Education AAS

If you're interested in obtaining an academic degree and also getting certified as a personal trainer, consider the Health and Fitness Education AAS. MCC's Health and Fitness Education AAS is a two-year associate's degree that builds on the FIT certificate's science-based courses in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. The AAS program introduces a communications component that focuses on your choice of a health-fitness instruction track or a health-fitness management track.

  • Health-fitness professionals hold a variety of positions including personal fitness trainer, small-group exercise instructor, exercise testing and prescription technician, and fitness/exercise instructor.
  • Health-fitness management positions include personal training manager, fitness manager, and supervisor of wellness services.

You'll learn to access, evaluate, and prescribe exercise for a variety of individuals throughout the lifespan. In addition, MCC offers you a unique training opportunity to work with individuals with physical and mental challenges through our relationship with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) and Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM).

Total Costs of Health and Fitness Education AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $10,414

Credit Hours to Complete: 64

Weeks to Complete: 64

What you need to know about getting your Health and Fitness Education AAS (CIP 31.0501)

Total Health and Fitness Education AAS Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $7,136 $24,202 $30,088 $30,088
Additional Costs $3,278 $3,278 $3,278 $3,278
Program Total $10,414 $27,480 $33,366 $33,366

What makes MCC's Health and Fitness Education AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • MCC's HFE program offers you several options:
    • The Health and Fitness Education AAS including preparation for national certification. (Note: There are very few AAS degree programs in Health Fitness Education the U.S.)
    • The Health and Fitness Education AAS with a bridge program with Northern Illinois University for a Bachelor of General Studies in Health and Human Sciences.
    • The F.I.T. certificate/program as preparation for national certification.
    • Select classes for outside careers available.
    • Intersession and summer courses offered for students home on break.
  • MCC has a good reputation with our many fieldwork sites.

In addition to the Health and Fitness Education AAS, we offer:

What careers are available to someone with a an Health and Fitness Education AAS

Occupations that Health and Fitness Education AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1193
Athletes and Sports Competitors 27-2021
Coaches and Scouts 27-2022
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 39-9031

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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