Portland Community College Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Exercise Science

Sylvania HT 215 | 971-722-4795 | syhao@pcc.edu


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students learn about group fitness instruction

Learn about group fitness instruction in PE 282A

student demonstrates proper lifting techniques

Practicing proper lifting technique in PE 281

A Future in Fitness Starts with Exercise Science!

As our society deals with increasing obesity, disease, and medical costs associated with inactivity, the importance of educated fitness instructors in our communities has never been greater. Companies, government agencies, and community members are realizing that better health and fitness translates to fewer sick days, lower insurance rates, and an overall improvement in personal and professional lives. This means that the need for qualified fitness professionals will continue to rise, particularly as fitness-minded "Baby Boomers" are retiring in record numbers.

Educated and certified fitness professionals are hired in health clubs, community centers, recreation facilities, corporate fitness centers, diet centers, vacation resorts, and hospital or allied-health settings. Our Exercise Science program provides the coursework, education, and experience that you need to prepare for certification in the field and successfully join the workforce as a fitness professional.

PCC’s Exercise Science program offers excellent learning classrooms and lab facilities. Students will get hands-on experience on cardio and weight machines, free weights, many types of fitness testing equipment, VO2max testing with a metabolic cart, graded exercise testing with an ECG machine, and many other fitness-related learning environments and equipment (skeleton lab, adaptive equipment, and various PE/fitness classes). See the Program Overview page for more information on the program specifics, certifications recommended, and program costs.

The Exercise Science program is delivered by dedicated, enthusiastic, and highly qualified faculty. See more: faculty profiles.

The program is designed such that a student can earn all three within two years if attending PCC as a full-time student. The Exercise Science program partners with the Gerontology program. In addition to the Healthy Older Adult Fitness certificate above, co-certificates and co-degrees between Exercise Science and Gerontology can be earned.