Kinesiology and Human Performance

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Kinesiology and Human Performance students in athletic training room evaluating a fitness routine.

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and how it impacts one's quality of life. This program channels your passion for fitness into a career in exercise and wellness. Learn how to optimize your clients' health and athletic performance through personalized fitness plans.

Career Outlook: Exercise and Sports Medicine Professionals

The demand for specialists to help people improve their physical fitness and wellness is on the rise. Exercise and sports medicine professionals often work in fitness centers, medical facilities, schools, and recreation centers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for fitness trainers and instructors to grow 14% by 2032, which is much faster than the overall job growth rate. The median annual wage for exercise physiologists was $45,380 in 2022.

A.S. Program Overview

Our Kinesiology and Human Performance program provides you with in-demand exercise science knowledge. Prepare to transfer to a four-year program or start your career with a national personal trainer certification. Study anatomy, physiology, and wellness. Learn about injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports performance improvement. Discover how to complete fitness, wellness, and injury evaluations. Develop communication skills essential for in-person and telehealth interactions with your future clients.

Gain Practical Fitness Experience

Apply your exercise science knowledge through interactive demonstrations. Practice baseline fitness assessments, design patient-specific nutrition plans, and monitor exercise techniques with your peers. Explore case studies that focus on patient care and injury prevention. Discover how to improve a person's performance during exercise, physical activity, and athletic competitions.

Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Your Kinesiology courses prepare you for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer exam (ACSM-CPT). This professional credential proves to employers that you have the knowledge and experience to work in health clubs, gyms, colleges and universities, and fitness centers.

Our Kinesiology and Human Performance Degree is Available 100% Online

In addition to completing this degree in-person, our entire Kinesiology and Human Performance program is also available online, so you can study on your time and from a location that fits your schedule. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

Erin Joy Grgas

"There is nothing more human than having a body and learning how it works. It's so fascinating. This entire degree translates perfectly to my dance career — but the most rewarding part is knowing what my muscles are doing while I'm moving. It's nice to put my arms above my head and know that it's not just my shoulders but my back, too. You learn about athletic injuries and how to treat and prevent them, which I can use to improve my own fitness routines, or help other athletes do what they love safely."

— Erin Joy Grgas, '23

A.S. Program Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the A.S. in Kinesiology and Human Performance program, you'll be equipped with the skills to:

  • Evaluate patterns of movement related to sport, exercise, and physical activity.
  • Interpret the signs, symptoms, and predisposing factors of an injury, illness, or health-related condition to articulate a clinical impression.
  • Use the current standards of practice to provide exercise or treatment plans for clients or patients.
  • Classify standards of practice, including legal and ethical behaviors, in various sports medicine settings.

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

Pursue a four-year degree in kinesiology, biomechanics, or physical therapy by transferring after graduation. Our graduates have successfully transferred to a variety of regional colleges and universities, including:

  • Canisius College
  • Daemen College
  • Ithaca College
  • Keuka College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Potsdam

Four-Year Career Pathways

Our Kinesiology and Human Performance program will prepare you to be an exercise and wellness professional. Careers in fitness, coaching, and nutrition include:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
  • Physical or Occupational Therapist
  • Wellness Coach

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


FLCC’s Kinesiology and Human Performance degree program is led by experienced faculty members who care deeply about your academic and professional goals. Jeremy Tiermini — a National Athletic Trainers' Association certified athletic trainer licensed by New York State — oversees the program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Mount Union College and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy.

Jeremy uses his in-depth knowledge of exercise and injury rehabilitation to teach many core kinesiology and human performance courses. He is passionate about fitness and ready to introduce you to leading trends and concepts in the wellness industry.

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