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Personal Training Minor

The 12-credit Personal Training minor is designed for students who want to pursue a dynamic career in the rapidly growing fitness & wellness industry. Students will learn how to assess clients in various fitness components including strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility and balance. Students will learn how to create goal-specific fitness programs using the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model, as well as provide nutritional advice and help develop weight management strategies.

The completion of the minor prepares students to sit for the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT exam offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). The NASM-CPT has quickly become the most recognized and respected personal trainer certification in the fitness and wellness field. Long Island University’s Division of Athletic Training, Health & Exercise Science (ATHES) has partnered with the NASM to help students begin their fitness career as a health and fitness professional.

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits PreRequisites
SPS 103 Excercise Prescription 3  
SPS 156 Evaluation of Health & Fitness 3  
SPS 210 Personal Training Methods &
Certification Preparation
3 SPS 103
SPS 156
SPS 263 Practicum 3 SPS 210

Students must have completed all prerequisites prior to registering for the required courses.
A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all minor courses. In addition, students must have
current CPR/AED certification prior to sitting for the exam.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with an Advisor, please contact the Division of ATHES at 718-488-1026