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Option 1: Kinesiology Degree (sac.kin.aa)

The program at Santa Ana College is designed to acquaint the student with all aspects of health and wellness. In addition to exercise, the student is introduced to classes that support an active mind and body. Curriculum content may include nutrition, health awareness, sports medicine, kinesiology and physiology as they relate to exercise. The following classes can lead to obtaining a degree in the areas of exercise science, sports medicine-athletic trainer, physical therapy, kinesiology, coaching or sport/fitness related vocations.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to describe the role of Kinesiology/Physical Education in health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate competence in several physical activities and proficiency in at least 1 physical activity.
  3. Students will be able to examine personal health-related behavioral patterns, select goals, and formulate appropriate health and fitness strategies.
  4. Students will be able to synthesize knowledge of the 5 components of well-being to discriminate between healthy and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Transfer Plan

Courses required to complete an associate degree at Santa Ana College in Kinesiology may not fulfill courses required by four-year universities to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Kinesiology Department at Santa Ana College recommends that students interested in transferring to a four-year institution consult with a counselor prior to beginning their courses of study.

Required Core Course Units (20.5 Units)
KNHE 101, Healthful Living 3 units
KNHE 104, Nutrition & Fitness 2 units
KNHE 105, First Aid & Personal Safety 1.5units
KNHE 107, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 2 units
KNSM 101, Introduction to Sports Medicine 3units
KNSM 150, Athletic Training Internship 2 units
KNPR 101, Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
 — AND —
ONE of the following: 4 units
Biology 239, General Human Anatomy
— OR —
Biology 249, Human Physiology
Performance Courses (5 Units)
Must include at least 1 (one) unit from each of the following areas, for a total of 5 (five) units:  Activities (KNAC), Aerobic Fitness (KNAF), Aquatics (KNAQ), and Fitness (KNFI). For a complete description of Kinesiology performance courses refer to Santa Ana College Catalog. 
Elective Courses (6 Units)
KNPR 125, Sports Psychology 3 units
KNPR 140, Movement Education for Elementary School Children 3 units
KNPR 150, Sport and Society 3 units
KNPR 160, Management of Physical Education and Sport 3 units


Total 31.5 Units

Option 2: Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (sac.kin.aat)

The proposed Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (AA-T in Kinesiology) is designed to prepare students for transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology or similar major.   Please consult a counselor regarding specific course requirements for your transfer institution.   This degree provides guaranteed admission with junior status to the CSU system, along with priority admission to the local CSU, Fullerton, in the Kinesiology major.   Upon completion of the AA-T in Kinesiology degree students will be able to articulate understanding of scientific foundations of Kinesiology, distinguish between Kinesiology-related careers, and demonstrate movement skills competence.   Students will gain knowledge and movement-based experience which prepares them in pursuit of a bachelor's or master's degree and or professional certification in exercise science, nutrition, health promotion, sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, and coaching or fitness related fields.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be prepared to apply scientific foundations to the understanding of human movement.
  2. Students will be able to discuss the importance of physical activity in daily life and the implications for Kinesiology-related careers
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate competence in at least 3 areas of physical activity experience.
  4. Students will be able to compare and contrast the many sub-disciplines of Kinesiology. 
  5. Students will be able to express the nature and demands of Kinesiology-related occupations. 

Required Core (14 Units)

KNPR 101, Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
Biology 239, General Human Anatomy 4 units
Biology 249, Human Physiology 4 units

— Movement Based Courses: Select a maximum of one (1) course from any three (3) of the following areas for a total of three units:
Area 1: Aquatics;  KNAQ 201A-Begining Swimming  or KNAQ 201B-Intermediate Swimming
Area 2: Combatives; KNAC 140A-Karate or KNAC 155A-Self-Defense
Area 3: Dance; Dance 110-Beginning Mexican Folk Dance or Dance 111-Intermediate Mexican Folk Dance
Area 4: Fitness; KNAC 150-Hatha Yoga, KNAC 170A-Yoga, KNFI 147A-Beginning Weight Training, KNFI 140 Beginning Walk/Jogging for Fitness, KNAF 156A-Beginning Cardio Kickboxing, or KNAF 157A-Beginning Cardio Pump
Area 5: Individual Sports; KNAC 107A-Beginning Badminton or KNAC 160A-Beginning Tennis
Area 6: Team Sports; KNAC 200A-Intramural Basketball, KNAC 220A-Beginning Basketball,  KNAC 260A-Beginnning Soccer, KNAC 290A-Begging Volleyball, or KNAC 290B-Intermediate Volleyball.


— List A: Select two courses (7.5-9 units) 
1. Mathematics 219-Statistics and Probability (4 units) or Mathematics 219H-Honors Statistics and Probability (4 units) or Social Science 219-Statistics and Probability (4 units) or Social Science 219H-Honors Statistics and Probability (4 units)
2.  Chemistry 210-General, Organic, and Biochemistry (5 units) or Chemistry 219-General Chemistry (5 units) or Chemistry 219H-Honors General Chemistry (5 units)
3. Physics 279-College Physics I (4 units) or Physics 210-Principles of Physics I (4 units) or Physics 217-Engineering Physics I (4 units)
4. KNHE 105-FirstAid and​ Personal Safety (1.5 units) and KNHE 107-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (2 units)
Choose 1 unit of sport activity classes 1unit


Total Units 21.5-23

 Option 3: Fitness Specialist Certificate of Achievement (sac.knfs.cert)

The Fitness Specialist Certificate program prepares students for employment in the fitness industry by combining a science-based academic foundation with an abundance of experiential learning. Students gain knowledge of Kinesiology principles while developing fitness assessment, exercise leadership, and individual & group exercise programming skills. The program is designed to be completed within 9 months but includes transferrable coursework for students seeking to further their education in Kinesiology-related fields.
Program Level Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Students will be able to identify muscle groups and joints then relate that knowledge to the production of a variety of fitness, sport, and recreational movements.
  2. Students will be able to select, execute, interpret, and communicate results from various fitness assessment field tests based upon, age, gender, fitness level, and cultural differences.
  3. Students will be able to design a health-related or performance-related program for apparently healthy individuals and several special populations.
  4. Students will be competent at leading personal training sessions as well as a variety of small and large group exercise activities.
  5. Students will be able to express the scope of their practice and identify a market niche based upon their      personal strengths and interests.
Required Course Units
KNPR 101, Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
KNPR 201, Movement Anatomy 3 or BIOL 239 General Human Anatomy 4 units
KNPR 203, Physiology of Cardiovascular Exercise 2 units
KNPR 205, Techniques of Exercise Leadership 1.5 units
KNPR 207, Physiology of Resistance Training 2 units
KNPR 209, Exercise for Special Populations 2 units
KNPR 211, Practicum in Fitness Evaluation I 0.5 units
KNPR 213, Practicum in Fitness Evaluation II 0.5 units
KNPR 215, Fitness Specialist Internship 1 unit
KNHE 104, Nutrition and Fitness 2 units or NUTR 115 Nutrition 3 or NUTR 115H Honors Nutrition 3 units
KNHE 107, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 2 units
KNFI 101A, Personal Fitness Evaluation I 1 unit 

Select one of the following courses: 1-1.5 Unit Course Required

KNAC 140A-Beginning Karate, KNAC 150A-Beginning Hatha Yoga, KNAC 155A-Beginning Self-Defense, KNAC 170A-Beginning Yoga, KNAD 211A-Beginning Adapted Aquatics, KNAD 211B-Intermediate Adapted Aquatics, KNAF 143A-Beginning Extreme Fitness, KNAF 144A-Beginning Cross Training, KNAF 146A-Beginning Stability Ball,  KNAF 146B-Intermediate Stability Ball Training, KNAF 150A-Beginning Stretch, Flex and Tone,  KNAF 156A-Beginning Cardio Kickboxing, KNAF 156B-Intermediate Cardio Kickboxing, KNAF 157A-Beginning Cardio Pump, KNAQ 204-Lifesaving, KNFI 147A-Beginning Weight Training, or KNFI 147B-Intermediate Weight Training

Total Units 21.5-23.5

 Kinesiology Sports Medicine Certificate of Proficiency (Untranscripted: sac.knm.cert)

A series of classes that will help give students a more complete understanding in all aspects in the field of sports medicine.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to recognize and select appropriate athletic injury management response.
  2. Students will be able to assess and interpret sport-related injury information then explain that information to players, coaches, athletic trainers, and medical personnel.
Required Course Units
KNHE 101, Healthful Living 3 units
KNHE 104, Nutrition & Fitness 2 units
KNHE 105, First Aid & Personal Safety 1.5 units
KNHE 107, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 2 units
KNSM 101*, Introduction to Sports Medicine 3 units and KNSM 150*, Athletic Training Internship 2 units
KNPR 125, Sports Psychology 3 units
Total Units 21.5-23.5
*E.S. Sports Medicine 101 & 150 must be taken together.
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