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Program Overview

Sports Science is a rising discipline that encompasses the application of scientific principles to facilitate a high level of sports and fitness performance. As an umbrella program, it covers professions ranging from personal training to athletic training to strength and conditioning, and prepares students with a unique foundation with which to excel at their chosen career. An Associate’s of Applied Science in Tech Studies with emphasis in Sports Science from Northwest Tech will give students a foundation for their national tests for personal training certificates from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. After graduation, students will be highly qualified to work in private gyms, community fitness centers, and sport-specific training facilities.

The Associates of Applied Science emphasizing in Sports Science is designed to provide students with advanced technical knowledge that will prepare them to help clients reach their fitness goals, help sports teams achieve superior conditioning, and encourage healthy living in their families and communities. Its standards are directly related to national personal training standards, as well as prerequisite standards for pre-athletic training, pre-physical therapy, coaching, and kinesiology 4-year degrees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professionalism, compassion, and empathy with clients and athletes
  • Apply anatomically correct terms and reasoning when introduced to fitness deficits or injuries
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge in HIPPA privacy laws, FERPA, liability issues, and moral obligation standards relating to accidents and injuries
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of organ systems, organ function and signs of insult, as well as wellness requirements for athletic participation
  • A highly developed understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, including major muscle action and location, bony landmarks, and locations and names of cartilage sites, ligaments, and tendons
  • Apply anatomical, fitness, and nutrition understanding to developing life-enhancing exercise plans for sedentary and athletic members of the population
  • An understanding of the basic rules of popular sports, as well as their physiological differences and requirements
  • Demonstrate an ability to implement injury-prevention protocols, recognize their need, and assess biomechanical causes of common injuries


Maren Carroll, MS, ATC, LAT
Sports Science Instructor, Head Athletic Trainer
Phone: (785)890-1539

Jeanne-Marie Wilson
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

Lois Seibert
MA program director

Tracy Ostmeyer, RRT
Instructor/Clinical Coordinator, Respiratory Tech Program
Phone: (785) 890-1582

Tim Sandquist
Business Technology and Sports Management instructor, assistant men’s basketball coach

The Sports Science course of study prepares competent entry-level personal trainers to assist in the regaining of healthy lifestyles and/or high levels of sports performance.

According to the US Department of Labor, employment of personal trainers and fitness specialists is expected to grow by 24% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the national average for all occupations. Businesses and insurance organizations are recognizing the financial benefits of healthier employees and clientele, thus introducing incentives that make it not beneficial for one’s health to begin an active, healthy lifestyle, but also beneficial for one’s bank account.

The national average salary for a personal trainer is upwards of $33,000. Hourly compensation rates start at $18 per hour and can go higher than $65 per hour with professional athlete clients.

Private sports specific fitness training can lead to 6-figure incomes, especially when working with professional athletes and sports teams.

Program Length
2 years

Associate of Applied Science

Projected Salary

Download a PDF version of the course outline.

Year 1
1st Semester:
Class                                                   Hours
Intro to Sports Management            3
Anatomy & Physiology                      5
English Comp I                                   3
Nutrition                                              3
Concepts of Wellness                        2

2nd Semester:
Class                                                  Hours
Principles of Management                3
English Comp II                                  3
Personal & Community Health        3
First Aid & CPR                                   1
Pharmacology                                     3
Beginning Algebra (if required)      3

Year 2
1st Semester:
Class                                                   Hours
Leadership                                             3
Legal Issues in Sports                         3
Computer Fundamentals                   3
Care and Prev. of Athletic Injuries   3
Intermediate Algebra (if req.)           3

2nd Semester:
Class                                                   Hours
Sports Marketing                                  3
Ethics                                                      3
Foundations of Health, PE and Rec 3
AT Practicum                                        2
College Algebra                                     3
Psychology                                         3