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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 4:30pm
Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions


How many semester hours will it take to complete?

The Certificate, Personal Fitness Trainer- 37 semester hours

The Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate will require about one calendar year of full time study.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Concentration in Personal Fitness Trainer-61 semester hours

The Personal Fitness Trainer Associate of Applied Science Degree will require about two years of full time study.


What will I learn in the Personal Fitness Trainer Program?


You will learn how to develop fitness programs specific for your cliental. Some of the key courses taught in both programs include:

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Exercise Science

Fitness & Exercise Testing

Theory of Exercise Program Design & Instruction

Group Exercise Instruction

Fitness Event Planning & Promotion

Fitness Industry Operations & Technology

Who is the certification through?

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

NASM a top tier nationally accredited personal training certification. This certification is built around the Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model, it is the first program founded on scientific, evidence-based research.

Where can I work with the NASM Certification?

You could work at a traditional facility such as the YMCA, a national corporate gym, or corporations that offer health and wellness programs. You could also work for smaller locally owned gyms, or begin a business for yourself. Other options include and are not limited to commercial and nonprofit health clubs, country clubs, resorts, sports therapy clinics, fitness camps, and hospital wellness programs.
Academic Departments

Program Coordinator

Teresa Dimas
Phone: 210-486-4087
Office: HH-201

Area Contacts

Emily Coppin
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 210-486-4352
Office: MLH-201

Adriana Garza
Administrative Associate
Phone: 210-486-4354
Office: MLH-201

John Grillo
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: 210-486-4054
Office: MLH-201A