Associate In Science
An NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) Recognized Personal Training Program

Gateway Community College's Exercise Science and Wellness Associate Degree program provides students with the classroom knowledge and hands-on experience to build an all-encompassing approach to health and wellness.

The program utilizes a three-pronged approach incorporating exercise science, nutrition, and business, putting students in the best possible position to be successful upon graduation.

With the current spotlight on the obesity epidemic and related diseases, along with America's aging population, the need for fitness specialists is at an all-time high. Gateway's Exercise Science and Wellness Associate Degree program prepares students for employment in the health and fitness industry and provides a basis for professional advancement.

Graduates may enter the work force directly, choosing from a wide variety of careers that include personal training, group exercise leaders, health club sales or management professionals, community health leaders, corporate wellness programs, and more. Others may continue their education for careers in exercise science, physical therapy, strength and conditioning, or athletic training. Gateway's Exercise Science and Wellness program has a full transfer agreement with Southern Connecticut State University's Human Performance program, allowing a smooth transition into earning a four year degree. Contact the Program Coordinator, Todd Degree, for course transferability. Students are encouraged to take a certification exam accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) at the end of the program, and are directed to the specific certification which best fits their career goals.


Exercise Science and Wellness Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate should:

  • Possess academic knowledge and practical application set forth by professional organizations.
  • Possess the ability to plan, execute, and evaluate personal fitness programs.
  • Understand the basic concepts of nutrition and how they relate to individuals' various goals.
  • Understand the management, marketing, and administration of fitness centers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with clients and colleagues.



Todd Degree
Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2446


Program Requirements

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