Kinesiology and Human Performance
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Kinesiology is the study of human movement and how it impacts one's quality of life. Use your passion for fitness to launch a career in the exercise and wellness industry. Learn how to optimize your clients' health and athletic performance through personalized fitness plans.
Career Outlook: Exercise and Sports Medicine Professionals
The demand for specialists who can help people improve their physical fitness and overall wellness is on the rise. Exercise and sports medicine professionals often work in fitness centers, medical facilities, schools, and recreation centers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for fitness trainers and instructors to grow 39% by 2030, which is much faster than the overall job growth rate. The median annual wage for exercise physiologists was $47,940 in 2021.
A.S. Program Overview
This program provides you with in-demand exercise science knowledge that prepares you to transfer to a four-year program or start your career with a nationally recognized personal trainer certification. Build a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and wellness. Learn about injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports performance improvement. Discover how to complete fitness, wellness, and injury evaluations. Develop communication skills that are essential for both in-person and telehealth interactions with your future clients.
Gain Practical Fitness Experience
Apply your exercise science knowledge through interactive demonstrations. Practice baseline fitness assessments, design patient-specific nutrition plans, and monitor exercise techniques with your peers. Explore case studies that focus on patient care and injury prevention. Discover how to improve a person's performance during exercise, physical activity, and athletic competitions.
Become a Certified Personal Trainer
Your capstone course prepares you for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer exam (ACSM-CPT). This professional credential proves to employers that you have the knowledge and experience to work in health clubs, gyms, colleges and universities, and fitness centers.
Our Kinesiology and Human Performance Degree is Available 100% Online
In addition to completing this degree in-person, our entire Kinesiology and Human Performance program is also available online, so you can study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Learn more about FLCC online learning.
"There is nothing more human than having a body and learning how it works. It's so fascinating. This entire degree translates perfectly to my dance career — but the most rewarding part is knowing what my muscles are doing while I'm moving. It's nice to put my arms above my head and know that it's not just my shoulders but my back, too. You learn about athletic injuries and how to treat and prevent them, which I can use to improve my own fitness routines, or help other athletes do what they love safely."
— Erin Joy Grgas, '23
A.S. Program Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the A.S. in Kinesiology and Human Performance program, you'll be equipped with the skills to:
- Evaluate patterns of movement related to sport, exercise, and physical activity.
- Interpret the signs, symptoms, and predisposing factors of an injury, illness, or health-related condition to articulate a clinical impression.
- Use the current standards of practice to provide exercise or treatment plans for clients or patients.
- Classify standards of practice, including legal and ethical behaviors, in various sports medicine settings.
Seamless Transfer Opportunities
Pursue a four-year degree in kinesiology, biomechanics, or physical therapy by transferring after graduation. Our graduates have successfully transferred to a variety of regional colleges and universities, including:
- Canisius College
- Daemen College
- Ithaca College
- Keuka College
- SUNY Brockport
- SUNY Buffalo
- SUNY Cortland
- SUNY Potsdam
Four-Year Career Pathways
This program will prepare you to become an exercise and wellness professional with an emphasis on kinesiology. Careers in fitness, coaching, and nutrition include:
- Athletic Trainer
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Exercise Physiologist
- Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
- Physical or Occupational Therapist
- Wellness Coach
Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities
Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 75% of FLCC students receive financial awards that reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!
FLCC’s Kinesiology and Human Performance degree program is led by experienced faculty members who care deeply about helping you achieve your academic and professional goals. Jeremy Tiermini — a National Athletic Trainers' Association certified athletic trainer licensed by New York State — oversees the program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Mount Union College and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy.
Jeremy uses his in-depth knowledge of exercise and injury rehabilitation to teach many of the core kinesiology and human performance classes. He is passionate about fitness and ready to introduce you to leading trends and concepts in the wellness industry.
Explore Your Career Options
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