Group Fitness Instructor

The 15-hour Group Fitness Minor is designed to prepare students for a professional career in designing and conducting comprehensive group fitness exercise programs. Students must earn a letter grade of C or higher in all courses. 

Students will demonstrate the necessary professional competencies to design and teach group fitness exercise classes using a variety of equipment and appropriate music tempo and progressive choreography where applicable.  Students will learn to design safe and effective group fitness exercise programs that adhere to all codes, laws, regulations, and procedures within the recognized scope of practice for group fitness instructors set by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Students must sit for the American Council on Exercise National Certification Exam to become certified.


Required Courses

  • ACE 373 Fitness Management - 3 credits
  • ACE 375 Lifestyle and Weight Management - 3 credits
  • ACE 470 Methods of Group Fitness - 3 credits
  • ACE 463 Group Fitness Internship - 6 credits


Carol Straight
Phone: (304) 293-0839