Kinesiology is the study of human anatomy and physiology and the mechanics of body movement. Coursework at MiraCosta will prepare students for entry-level positions in health and fitness clubs, wellness centers and individualized personal training. Students may also prepare to transfer with a kinesiology major by completing general education and preparation for major requirements.
Career options include personal trainer, exercise instructor and various positions at fitness and recreational centers or in school or recreational programs. A four-year degree may prepare students for entrance to physical therapy programs as well as prepare students for athletic training, fitness, nutrition, other health-related fields including teaching physical education.
- Liberal Arts Degree with Area of Emphasis in Applied Health, Nutrition, and Kinesiology
Click on the links below to find out more about the requirements for the certificates:
- Certificate of Achievement: Massage Therapist (500 hours)
- Certificate of Achievement: Personal Fitness Trainer
- Certificate of Achievement: Yoga Instructor
To apply for a certificate of achievement, print out the evaluation form below and fill it out. Then, turn it into the Admissions and Records Office by the deadline noted in the catalog. Admissions and Records is located in Building 3300 at the Oceanside Campus, 760.795.6620 or in the Administration Building at the San Elijo Campus, 760.634.7870.
Certificate of Achievement Evaluation forms:
Information about Additional Certifications:
Personal Fitness: Upon completion of the Personal Fitness Trainer certificate program, students may consider sitting for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and National Council Strength & Fitness (NCSF) national certification exams.
Massage Therapy: The MiraCosta College's Massage Therapy certificate meets state requirements and, with the 500 hour Massage Therapist certificate, students may sit for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work (NCTMB) exam.
Yoga: MiraCosta College's comprehensive program prepares students and qualifies graduates to become Registered Yoga Instructors with Yoga Alliance on the 200 hour basis. Click here for instructions about applying for the MiraCosta Yoga Instructor Certificate of Achievement and Yoga Alliance Registration (pdf).
Department Chair: Robert Fulbright, Ph.D.
Dean: Al Taccone
Department: Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition
Secretary: Monique Reeve