About the Health and Fitness Education AAS

If you're interested in obtaining an academic degree and also getting certified as a personal trainer, consider the Health and Fitness Education AAS. MCC's Health and Fitness Education AAS is a two-year associate's degree that builds on the FIT certificate's science-based courses in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. The AAS program introduces a communications component that focuses on your choice of a health-fitness instruction track or a health-fitness management track.

  • Health-fitness professionals hold a variety of positions including personal fitness trainer, small-group exercise instructor, exercise testing and prescription technician, and fitness/exercise instructor.
  • Health-fitness management positions include personal training manager, fitness manager, and supervisor of wellness services.

You'll learn to access, evaluate, and prescribe exercise for a variety of individuals throughout the lifespan. In addition, MCC offers you a unique training opportunity to work with individuals with physical and mental challenges through our relationship with Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) and Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM).

Total Cost of Health and Fitness Education AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $10,318.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 64

Weeks to Complete: 64

HFE Degree and Certificate Requirements

What makes MCC's Health and Fitness Education AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • MCC's HFE program offers you several options:
    • The AAS degree in HFE including preparation for national certification. (Note: There are very few AAS degree programs in Health Fitness Education the U.S.)
    • The AAS degree in HFE with a bridge program with Northern Illinois University for a Bachelor of General Studies in Health and Human Sciences.
    • The F.I.T. certificate/program as preparation for national certification.
    • Select classes for outside careers available.
    • Intersession and summer courses offered for students home on break.
  • MCC has a good reputation with our many fieldwork sites.

What you need to know about getting your Health and Fitness Education AAS (CIP 31.0501 )

Total Health and Fitness Education AAS Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $7,040.00 $24,202.00 $30,076.00 $30,076.00
Additional Health and Fitness Education AAS Costs $3,278.00 $3,278.00 $3,278.00 $3,278.00
Program Total $10,318.00 $27,480.00 $33,354.00 $33,354.00


What job opportunities are available to someone with a Health and Fitness Education AAS?

  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Exercise Technician
  • Sports Trainer
Occupations that Health and Fitness Education AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Athletes and Sports Competitors 27-2021
Coaches and Scouts 27-2022
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 39-9031
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1193

How will MCC's Health and Fitness Education AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

We work with local employers who serve as fieldwork sites. Many employers hire our students at the completion of their fieldwork internships. Some of our students have been hired by area fitness centers/training facilities such as: Good Shepherd/Advocate, Barrington Park District, Dave Davis Speed Center, Centegra Health Systems and Del Webb Sun City.

By the Numbers:

  • Salary ranges*:
    • Personal Trainer: $30,000 to $100,000
    • Fitness Specialist: $30,000 to $45,000
    • Sports Trainer: $30,000.00 to $80,000
    • Exercise Technician: $30,000 to $40,000
  • Projected outlook for growth: predictions of 13% over the next 10 years, Illinois has one of the highest employment rates.

*We're noticing a trend among employers to offer full-time benefits to individuals who possess an associate’s degree or higher.

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • Employment with health/fitness clubs or centers
  • Employment with private training facilities
  • Employment with sports organizations
  • Transfer to four-year institutions - Some students pursue the bridge degree with N.I.U. for a B.G.S. in Health Sciences

Outside of the Classroom

  • Learn through hand-on experience in our on-site Fitness Center and during your fieldwork internship


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Additional information:

Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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