Health & Fitness Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Health & Fitness Focus

About The Program

Prepare for careers in health and fitness. After earning a bachelor’s degree, or related certificate, graduates can work in careers such as; personal training, group fitness instruction, health coaching, K-12 physical education or health teaching, sports management, athletic training, coaching, exercise science, and recreation.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Electives

COLL 289 Employment Portfolio Seminar 1
HLTH 105 First Aid, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens 1
HLTH 106 Health and Wellness 2
HLTH 245 Health and Exercise Behavior Change 3
*PHED 128/228 Weight Training 2
*PHED 152/252 Personalized Fitness 2
PHED 171 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries 3
PHED 285 Fitness Marketing 3
PHED 288 Cooperative Education 1
PHED 295 Personal Training Instruction 3
PHED 296 Group Exercise Instruction 3

Students who complete certain elective credits will also earn their Fitness Specialist Certificate through LCC. See advisor for details.

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. 

** No more than 10 credits from any one discipline will be applied to the requirements within a distribution area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Students will have a basic understanding of exercise physiology and how various exercises and training routines contribute to strength, endurance, and overall physical health.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in developing health and fitness goals as well as health and fitness programs catering to individual needs both for themselves and others.
  • Students will understand the basics of nutrition and the impact of nutrition on overall health.
  • Students will understand the beneficial effects of health and fitness in their personal lives as well as all other aspects of life.
Revised February 2020 (Effective Spring 2020)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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