Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science in Fitness Trainer Technician program at Lake Region State College is for students that are interested in becoming a personal trainer. The curriculum will cover topics such as exercise science, nutrition, and leadership. Students within the program will be able to assist others to lose weight, aide in current health problems, and counteract potential health issues that may occur in the future.  The Fitness Trainer Technician program will also prepare students for the American College of Sports Medicine certification test. Courses within the program can be completed entirely online. 

Graduates of the program will be prepared for many careers within the fitness training industry. Specifically, students may find careers as a group trainer, personal trainer, health care facility employee, or a fitness consultant.  Graduates of the program may also advance their education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in subjects such as exercise science, physical education, and kinesiology. Students that are interested in transferring to a four-year educational institution are recommended to complete an Associate of Arts degree and consult an academic advisor regularly. 

The curriculum is designed to provide an education that focuses on the theory and application of personal training. The courses will teach students the expertise and knowledge that is needed for many fitness trainer positions. 

The program’s normal length is two years (four semesters) and requires a minimum of 65 credit hours. The curriculum will provide a mixture of both general education and program core courses. Each semester has a different credit requirement and courses schedule. Some required courses for the third semester are Anatomy & Physiology I, Fitness Trainer Internship, Personal Trainer Preparation, Fitness Leadership, Nutrition for the Fitness Specialist II, and Introduction to Sociology.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    • Application and Application Fee
    • GED scores or high school transcript 
    • College transcripts (if applicable)
    • ACT Results
    • Immunity Records

    School Overview

    Lake Region State College is a two-year public school located in Devils Lake, North Dakota, in an area three miles from Devils Lake, Michigan’s largest natural body of water. LRSC was established in 1941 as an extension of the public school system. The school’s name has changed several times, but Lake Region State College has remained the name since its adoption in 1999. LRSC is a part of the North Dakota University System and has four campuses: Devils Lake Campus, Grand Forks Airforce Base Campus, the Online Campus, and Outreach Campuses.

    Lake Region State College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. Classes are available in a traditional format and in online format (distance learning), where courses can be taken directly from home. Online courses and degrees are available to out-of-state students based on state authorization.


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