Human Performance/Exercise Health Sciences Program

ACC has the only community college Human Performance Program in Colorado. Our graduates have a 100% success rate on the national exams!

Few disciplines can offer you as many academic and career opportunities as the Human Performance Program! From health care, personal training, group exercise instruction, nutritional counseling and wellness coaching many careers require a basic understanding of anatomy, athletic training, sports nutrition, exercise psychology, and exercise testing and prescription along with critical- thinking and problem solving skills. At Arapahoe Community College we have developed a curriculum designed to prepare you for national exams and hands on experiences designed to give you the skill necessary to enter the work force in two years.

Join the fast-growing field of Human Performance. The two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Performance and 30-credit-hour Physical Fitness Specialist certificate provide education focused on the field of exercise and physical fitness. Qualified health and fitness professionals are in great demand.

The degree program provides an understanding of movement, exercise, nutrition and health. Students learn how to conduct fitness and health assessments, develop exercise prescriptions and evaluate nutritional needs.

  • Experience in our Fitness Center/Aquatic Facility provides the skills and confidence needed to work with a diverse population. Students are eligible to take National Certifications at the completion of the program.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects opportunities to increase faster than average (27%) through 2017. Download the complete listing of potential job opportunities in Human Performance.

  • Work conditions can be indoors or outdoors. Practitioners may work with people of all ages, individuals who are sedentary with health risk factors, or athletes with overuse injuries. Individuals planning fitness careers should be outgoing, good at motivating people, and sensitive to the needs of others.

What can I do with an AAS degree in Human Performance?

Following are employment possibilities available to you following graduation.

  • Corporate Wellness and Worksite Health Promotion
  • Health/Wellness Educational Settings
  • Medical/Rehabilitation/Hospitals
  • K-12 Education
  • College/University
  • Professional/Amateur/Community Sport Organizations
  • Fitness Clubs

If you are interested in learning more about the GOLD Standard, please visit the American College of Sports Medicine at

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For general information about admission to the college please contact the Admissions Office at 303.797.4222.