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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

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. 

How can I get started?

1. Apply to NVC

Steps to Apply

2. Choose a plan

Associate of Applied Science


3. Register for classes

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

Shierly Rivera
Administrative Associate
Phone: (210) 486-4354
Office: MLH-201

Heather McCreery
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: (210) 486-4360
Office: MLH-201A