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Health and Human Performance

Earn a Physical Education Associate Degree at Aims

Do you want a career that allows you to stay active and gives you the chance to help others? Take your passion for health and fitness and earn a physical education associate degree from Aims. 

Increased awareness about the benefits of health and fitness in our society has expanded job opportunities within the industry. Careers in health and human performance are diverse, rewarding and in high demand. The Aims associate of arts degree with an emphasis in health and human performance is the only program of its kind in northern Colorado. This program can prepare you for a career where you’ll help people lead healthier lives.

The Aims physical education associate degree program has everything you need to begin your career path in health and human performance, including a newly renovated 46,000-square-foot facility with a cross-training room, cardio theater, indoor track, yoga studio and more. 

The Aims physical education degree is a liberal arts degree with emphasis in health and human performance. After earning an associate degree at Aims, you can get started in various health and human performance careers, or you can transfer to a four-year institution to finish your bachelor’s degree. Students who wish to continue their education to a 4-year institution may choose the appropriate track for a direct transition to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Colorado State University (CSU) or Regis University.

Discover the many possible careers in health and human performance and help people live healthier lives by earning a physical education degree at Aims.

Gain the Knowledge and Skills You Need for a Career in Health and Human Performance

The Aims physical education degree program is an associate of arts program with a heavy liberal arts emphasis. This program gives you a strong start toward earning a bachelor’s degree at a much lower cost. 

Your physical education degree courses will challenge you to:

  • Write workout programs
  • Teach workout techniques
  • Tape joints
  • Use a metabolic cart to measure metabolic rate
  • Operate a bioelectrical impedance scale
  • Use an Anatomage table to study anatomy in 3D

You’ll graduate from the Aims physical education associate degree program with an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in health and human performance. This degree will give you 60 guaranteed transfer credits to the corresponding programs at UNC, CSU or Regis if you choose to continue your education.

“The best part about a career in health and human performance is that you get to be an essential part of helping people achieve something — whether it be a physical or a mental challenge.”

DJ Arebalo
Student, Health and Human Performance
DJ Arebalo

Gain Skills to Work as a Personal Trainer or Coach With a Physical Education Certificate at Aims

Coming in Fall 2022: If you’re a high school or college student interested in exploring a career as a personal trainer, fitness specialist, health coach, etc. you can earn a Health and Exercise certificate at Aims. Courses from this certificate can be applied toward a degree at Aims such as Health and Human Performance.

Launch Your Career in Health and Human Performance

Whether you start your career after graduating from Aims or choose to earn a bachelor’s degree, the Aims physical fitness associate degree program can help you begin your career path in physical fitness.

Examples of health and human performance careers include:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Aquatics instructor
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Health educator
  • Cardiac rehab specialist
  • Fitness center owner/manager
  • Athletic trainer
  • Strength coach
  • Sports psychologist
  • Weight loss counselor
  • Geriatric specialist
  • Massage therapist
  • Human movement analyst

Health and Human Performance Faculty and Staff

Learn from instructors who have professional experience as trainers, instructors, nutritionists, physical therapy assistants and more. Your instructors are invested in your success and can teach you the practical applications that extend beyond your textbooks.

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    Nikki Smiley

    Program Director II, Physical Education, Recreation & Fitness
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    Tanner Wiemers

    Program Coordinator II, Physical Education, Recreation & Fitness
  • Katie Hansen

    Katie Hansen

    Instructor, Physical Education
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    Amanda Sheehan

    Staff Associate, Physical Education, Recreation & Fitness