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 (petition to graduate form)
Click on the links below to find out more about the requirements for the certificates:
- Certificate of Achievement: Holistic Health Practitioner (1000 Hours)
- Certificate of Achievement: Massage Therapist (500 hours)
- Certificate of Achievement: Personal Fitness Trainer
- Certificate of Achievement: Yoga Instructor (300 hours)
- Certificate of Proficiency: Yoga Instructor (200 Hours)
- Certificate of Proficiency: Fitness Nutrition Specialist
To apply for a certificate of achievement, complete the Petition for Certificate of Achievement form and turn it into the Admissions and Records Office by the deadline noted in the catalog. To apply for a certificate of proficiency, complete the Certificate Application and turn it in to Daria Davis in OC 4818 on the Oceanside Campus. 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.
Information about Additional Certifications
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.
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.
MiraCosta College's comprehensive program prepares students and qualifies graduates to become Registered Yoga Instructors with Yoga Alliance. Read the instructions about applying for the MiraCosta Yoga Instructor (200-Hours) Certificate of Proficiency and Yoga Alliance Registration for RYT 200. For students that are Yoga Alliance RYT 200, read the instructions about applying for the MiraCosta Yoga Instructor (300-Hours) Certificate of Achievement and Yoga Alliance Registration for RYT 500.
- Department Chair: Gail Meinhold
Office: Oceanside, Room T-415
P 760.757.2121 x6566
- Dean: Al Taccone
Office: Oceanside, Room 4819
- Department: Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition
- Secretary: Monique Reeve
Office: Oceanside, Office 4604
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm with variable lunch time
- Robert Fulbright, Ph.D.
Office: Oceanside, Room T-536
P 760.757.2121 x6423
- Casey McFarland
Office: Oceanside, Room T-114
P 760.757.2121 x6226