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NASM Certified Personal Trainer

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About NASM Certified Personal Trainer

This program is designed for individuals who would like to the enter the high-demand career field of fitness, health, and wellness. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in certification for fitness professionals with over 1.3 million professionals trained worldwide. Upon successful completion of this program, participants take the NCCA-accredited NASM-CPT certification exam.

This program provides participants with the most current evidence, strategies, and training techniques designed to equip fitness professionals with the necessary skills to optimize human potential and performance. Topics include standards and codes of conduct; exercise psychology and behavioral coaching techniques; concepts and structures of anatomy and physiology, human movement, exercise metabolism, and nutrition; client fitness assessment; exercise techniques for clients; and design exercise programs.

CPR/AED requirement: Participants have the option to register for the American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid, CPR and First Aid certification for additional fee. Candidates are required to be CPR/AED certified before the NASM-CPT exam.

Upcoming Class Schedule, click on the class to register:

Registration Fee, includes all online material, exam prep and exam fee: $1395.00



Reasons to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer?

There are many reasons why becoming a NASM Certified Personal Trainer is good career choice. Reasons people become trainers vary, but here are just a few:

  • Ability to become your own boss, make your own schedule, and enjoy the flexible work-life balance
  • Make a lasting impact on your clients lives, helping them with the structure they need in their fitness routines
  • High demand industry with good earning potential
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle as an income stream

Common occupations of NASM Certified Personal Trainers:

The following occupations are examples of professions who benefit from a NASM-CPT certification. Note that some of occupations below may require further education and credentials:

  • Fitness trainer
  • Virtual coach or online trainer
  • Gym owner or manager
  • Athletic coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Nutrition coach
  • Group fitness instructors
  • Massage therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist

Course Outline

The NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) program contains 23 content areas delivered in blend of online activities and live instruction from a Master NASM Instructor. MCC’s program is delivered in an accelerated format over 4 weeks.

Below are the 23 topics comprised in the NASM-CPT exam:

  • Psychology of exercise
  • Behavioral coaching
  • Nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems
  • Cardiorespiratory, endocrine., and digestive systems
  • Human movement science
  • Exercise metabolism and bioenergetics
  • Nutrition
  • Supplementation
  • Health, wellness, and fitness assessments
  • Posture, movement, and performance assessments
  • Integrated training and the OPT model
  • Flexibility training concepts
  • Cardio-respiratory training
  • Core training
  • Balance training
  • Speed, agility, and quickness training
  • Resistance training
  • Optimum performance training
  • Exercise modalities
  • Modern state of health and fitness
  • The personal training profession
  • Chronic health conditions and specialty populations


Individuals who currently work or aspire to work in fitness, athletic, and wellness positions in work setting such as health clubs, gyms, recreation centers, and healthcare providers.

Physical Standards:

Metropolitan Community College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments. If a prospective student who is otherwise qualified requires a reasonable accommodation, he/she should contact the Disability Support Services office at Metropolitan Community College (MCC).

In order for students to be successful in the NASM Certified Personal Trainer, they must be able to perform the following physical standards:

General Standard

Specific Example

Ability to use senses
  • Visual acuity to identify, read, and understand directions on exercise equipment and other documents required in fitness instruction.
  • Ability to see objects more than a few feet away, and distinguish distance, colors, objects, and persons.
  • Ability to hear sounds and warning signals, which could lead to an emergency requiring some type of proactive or reactive response.
  • Ability to speak clearly so listeners can understand
Physical Ability
  • Ability to stand, walk, and sit for long periods.
  • Ability to use muscles for extended periods.
  • Ability to hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Ability to lift, move, carry, push, and pull up to 45 pounds.
  • Ability to bend and twist body, including crouching, kneeling, or reaching.
  • Ability to use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble small objects.
Work Environment
  • May work in noisy environments

Tuition Assistance

These classes and programs are eligible for following tuition assistance programs. Eligibility and funding availability is awarded on a case-by-case basis depending upon eligibility criteria established through state and federal guidelines. For more information on eligibility criteria, email MCC at

Students and professionals:

Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act


Worker Training Program

For more information on this program or to speak with a MCC staff member, submit an interest inquiry form.