Power, Agility, & Group Exercise (PAGE) Certificate
Many fitness professionals lead group exercise classes and/or engage in advanced power lifting and agility training with their clients. Similarly, strength and conditioning coaches often must create programs for large numbers of athletes and lead their clients in high-intensity training sessions. The PAGE Certificate is designed to enhance students’ practical knowledge and hands-on skills in these areas. This is ideal for students who plan to pursue these areas after graduation and for current fitness professionals who are looking to strengthen their skillset.
Specific skills that the PAGE Certificate addresses include designing short-term and long-term training programs, understanding how to detect and correct errors in technique, developing group exercise programs that enhance cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and learning how to be a safe, effective, and motivating leader.
Completing the PAGE Certificate helps prepare students for three different certifications. Please refer to the certifying organization's website for more information:
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Group Exercise Instructor
- USA Weightlifting Level 1
- National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) Certification
Because the PAGE Certificate is for current and future fitness professionals, there are a number of careers that this supports, including:
- Personal Trainer
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Group Exercise Instructor
- Sports Coach
- Exercise Physiologist
- Recreational Therapist
- Corporate Fitness Director
The PAGE Certificate is 10 credits across 3 courses and students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the certificate successfully.
- ESC 321: Exercise Physiology I or ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology
- ESC 348: Group Exercise Techniques & Leadership
- ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training
Note that Exercise Science Majors in the Human Performance & Fitness Concentration will complete this coursework as part of their normal program of study.
The PAGE Certificate is open to undergraduate and non-matriculating students. Interested students must meet the following criteria to be admitted into the program:
- GPA of 2.00 or above
It is strongly recommended that students complete BIO 150 (or BIO 238) as one of their Natural World & Technology General Education courses because it is a prerequisite for ESC 343, which is required for the certificate. While this is not a requirement for declaring the certificate, it is necessary to progress through it.
PAGE Certificate with a Minor in Exercise Science or Coaching
Students who also have an interest in Exercise Science or Coaching may complete either minor within the Exercise Science Department. Each minor requires an additional 15 credits across 5 courses. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully.
View more information about the Exercise Science Minor.
View more information about the Coaching Minor.