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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Fitness/Exercise Management, AAS

Location(s): Ankeny, Boone

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Fitness/Exercise Management degree is designed to be a two-year degree. The degree is for individuals who would like to pursue a career in the fitness, exercise or related health fields. Graduates from the program may also be able to find entry-level positions at fitness clubs, parks and recreation departments, YMCA/YWCAs, private health clubs, schools, hospitals, or specialized fitness centers.

Program Details

Pathway: Health Science & Fitness

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program any semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn an AAS in Fitness/Exercise Management a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Option 1 Select 1 Credit

Option 2 Select 4 Credits

Semester 4

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 64*

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Books (approximate) 255 205 255 230

Approximate total cost for the program: 12,785**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Use and instruct people on the proper use of various types of physical fitness/exercise equipment.
  • Inform people on the physiological functions of the body in fitness training.
  • Determine the fitness level people should work at and develop an appropriate fitness program.
  • Market and develop social media for fitness and exercise programs.
  • Evaluate and maintain records of fitness and exercise programs and facilities.
  • Direct the operation of a fitness, exercise, or health facilities.
  • Budget facility needs.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Operate and maintain fitness/exercise equipment.
  • Demonstrate proper techniques on various types of fitness/exercise equipment.
  • Must have the necessary physical abilities to perform demonstrations.
  • Apply knowledge of physiological principles.
  • Build confidence in those with doubt or difficulty associated with exercise.
  • Be able to identify individual fitness/exercise needs.
  • Organization skills for performance of fitness activities.
  • Communication skills for diverse types of personalities.
  • Organize fitness classes, personal training classes, and exercise programs.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • You will be assigned to a program advisor.
  • This program is for individuals who want to work in the field after they awarded their A.A.S. degree.
  • You will be working and advising people of all ages.
  • You may be working with injured people/athletes.
  • You may be dealing with physically, mentally, or socially limitations.
  • You may have to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Anticipated average starting salary $30,000 (2017 - All Business Schools)

Program Competencies

  1. Develop fitness and exercise programs for all ages and abilities
  2. Lead recreation & fitness activities for all ages
  3. Assess individual recreation & fitness skills and need for all ages
  4. Prepare written reports
  5. Work with budgeting to include the purchasing and maintenance of supplies and equipment
  6. Supervise staff
  7. Lead fitness and exercise activities
  8. Design fitness and exercise programs
  9. Demonstrate empathy and understanding while teaching an exercise or activity
  10. Apply leadership techniques


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/pathways/.(2021)

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