Kinesiology, Health & Athletics

Careers in Training: An Active Future in a Healthy Industry

Today’s athletes are stronger, faster, and healthier than ever before… and so are the industries that support them. 

The field of Fitness and Sports Science is moving fast, and Irvine Valley College is helping Orange County industry keep pace through its School of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics. This industry sector includes a number of “Bright Outlook Occupations” according to O-NET Online, a data-tracking application that identifies careers with 10% or higher project growth.

Movement-minded students build the necessary skills to staff entry-level positions in fitness-related fields, while earning affordable credits transferable to a CSU bachelor’s degree program in Kinesiology. The curriculum combines physical activity with career-relevant theory and practice, drawing on the broad experience of its top-notch instructors. Many program activities center around the Life Fitness Center, Irvine Valley College’s own sports, recreation and learning facility. 

The School of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics at Irvine Valley College opens doors to a versatile array of career opportunities in teaching, coaching, athletic training, exercise science, fitness, health, nutrition, and sports psychology. Classes are offered in cardiovascular fitness, individual/paired sports, intercollegiate athletics, team sports, and physical training. The school also provides special services courses for individuals (with or without a documented physical disability) seeking corrective and rehabilitative exercise.

All activity classes are designed not only to provide for physiological development but also to educate students about the principles involved, and to introduce them to related topics of nutrition, injury prevention, and health enhancement.

Launch a Future BUILT career in Kinesiology, Health & Athletics. It all starts at Irvine Valley College!

What You Need to Know

What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career! 

Associate in Arts and Associate in Science for Transfer Degrees
These two-year college degrees are designed for students who want to gain in-depth understanding of a particular field but differ in that they are specifically designed to help students transfer seamlessly to a 4-year California State University where they can complete a bachelors degree.

IVC Offers an AA-T in:

IVC Offers an AS-T in:
Public Health Science

Certificates of Achievement
Certificates of Achievement are state-approved certificates that acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness in a particular field. In many cases, the courses that comprise a certificate of achievement are the same as those required for an associate degree, minus the General Education courses.

IVC Offers a COA in:
Fitness Professional

Certificates of Proficiency
Certificates of Proficiency acknowledge basic workplace abilities and are designed for students who want to enter the workforce quickly or upgrade their job skills. These certificates have a total credit requirement of less than 18 units and are designed and approved by local business leaders in order to make them as practical as possible. 

IVC Offers a COP in:

Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Kinesiology, Health & Athletics.

Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. Click for details on program costs and fees for the Kinesiology, Health & Athletics department.

Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants

Want to learn how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable? IVC’s Financial Aid Office has all the information you need!

School of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics
Department Offices: 949-451-5398
Life Fitness Center: 949-451-5370

Keith Shackleford, JD
Dean, Athletics Director
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Ted Weatherford
Department Chair
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Monique Brass
LFC Faculty Coordinator
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IVC Kinesiology, Health, and Athletics graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.

Exercise Physiologists = $73,613 
Physical Therapists = $88,358 
Therapists, Other = $51,110 
Community Health Workers = $39,802 
Health Educators = $50,573 
Dietitians and Nutritionists = $68,179 
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners = $64,013 
Athletic Trainers = $45,888 
Coaches and Scouts = $31,680 
Personal Trainers = $36,192 

Average Salary In This Field

Average Salary In This Field

$31,680 to
Per Year

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Physical Therapist
Health Educator
Personal Trainer

Have Questions? Talk To A Counselor!

You’ve made an independent choice to boost your life and career through Career Education at IVC… but you’re not alone! Talk to a counselor for information on getting started, planning your career pathway, and more!

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“If I could tell another student about IVC, I would tell them how great the counseling center is. They are very helpful and are able to guide you in the correct path when deciding to transfer to a four-year school.”
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