I'm not so sure about the Exercise Science Primary Option (usually for personal or athletic trainers), but there are similar classes between the two; however, there's about 20 hours worth of extra science courses required for the health professions option, while the Primary Option requires a minor.
Just want to make sure it's pointed out athletic trainers and personal trainers are two COMPLETELY different things. Most personal trainers, if they have any sort of degree at all, have some sort of exercise science degree. Few of those programs would even compare to an athletic training education program. There is a reason athletic training programs are competitive--they are hard. Lots of time and some difficult classes.
Personal trainers don't have to have a degree of any kind... you just need to study/take a test to gain certification through ACE or some other personal training granted program.
Agreed *most* Personal trainers are nowhere NEAR the caliber of AT students.
Personal trainers don't have to have a degree of any kind... you just need to study/take a test to gain certification through ACE or some other personal training granted program. Sometimes people are "self-proclaimed" personal trainers, who know absolutely NOTHING about the body or biomechanics.
IMHO, I think that the fitness industry needs to do a LOT of cleaning up, and by letting idiots run free (ex: Jillian Michaels- she has absolutely NO official certifications of ANY kind fitness related, nor a degree of anything related to health/fitness) and ruin those who do strive to do their job by getting certifications and having proper education. /end of tangent.
Back to the topic...
don't worry guys. i know the difference between athletic and personal trainers. and i apologize if there was any misunderstanding yo