Physical Activity, Conditioning and Coaching Option  (PACC)

Bachelor of Science Degree - Physical Education
Physical Activity, Conditioning and Coaching Option (PACC)

Units required for Major: 57
All of which must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Minimum total units for the BS: 120

Note: Additional units may be required to meet the Sacramento State foreign language requirement.

PACC Option
Future professionals interested in pursuing a career in coaching, conditioning, personal training or other various physical activity settings might find the Physical Activity Conditioning and Coaching (PACC) option a better choice. According to the Careers in Sport Fitness and Exercise (2011), a publication by the American Kinesiology Association, “The very best programs offer a solid grounding in the broad field of kinesiology including exercise physiology; biomechanics; motor development, motor control, motor learning; sport psychology; and social analysis of sport and physical activity.” The PACC option not only includes a wide variety of experiences within the field of Kinesiology but also prepares graduates for opportunities in numerous movement settings other than a career as a physical educator. 

Currently, certified personal trainers are experiencing an employment boom and with the U.S. Department of Labor, expecting a 13% growth in the next decade. Practitioners in Kinesiology are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages associated with obtaining and maintaining professional credentials beyond their undergraduate training. The PACC option provides its graduates with the foundation necessary for the advantages associated with the following certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Group Exercise Instructor(GEI)
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer(CPT)
  • ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS)
  • *ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA)-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • NSCA-Certified Special Populations Specialist (CSPS)
  • NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer(CPT)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-MMA Conditioning Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Women’s Fitness Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Golf Fitness Specialist
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certificate
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
    *400-500 additional hours of clinical experience also required. Please speak with PACC advisor.

Please see the University Catalog for the most up to date cirriculum requirements for this program.

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