The DVC Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Department’s mission is to:
The associate of arts degree in dance is a comprehensive two-year course of study that exposes students to all aspects of the dance discipline. Students will be provided with a solid foundation in dance movement, performance and theory, as well as an opportunity to explore related types of performing arts such as drama and music. Students will improve the technical aspects of their dance technique, gain knowledge in compositional methodology, and perform in dance concerts.
The associate in science degree in fitness instruction is a two-year course of study designed for students who are interested in a career in the fitness industry and/or wish to transfer to a four-year institution in kinesiology or related major. It will expose students to many facets of the fitness industry and is appropriate for those students who wish to become a personal trainer and/or group exercise instructor.
Kinesiology is the academic discipline focusing on the study of all aspects of human movement. Programs of study at the baccalaureate level include exercise science, sports management, allied health profession preparation, and pursuit of a teaching credential to become a secondary school teacher/coach.
The associate in science degree in kinesiology offers students two areas of specialization from which to choose: sport and recreation management or coaching. The degree is a two-year course of study. It is designed for students who are interested in a career as an athletic coach and/or preparing for an entry level job in sports or recreation administration. Job options include working with a wide variety of businesses such as:
The associate in science degree in sports medicine/athletic training program is a two-year course of study designed for students interested in becoming allied health care professionals such as athletic trainers or physical therapists. It combines academic, laboratory and clinical experience to prepare students for further study or to obtain employment as an entry-level rehabilitation/allied health paraprofessional.
The coaching certificate of achievement is a one-year course of study that prepares students to be an effective recreational, youth or secondary school coach. Specific sport options offered include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo.
The personal training certificate of achievement is a one-year course of study that will expose students to many facets of the fitness industry and prepares them to obtain entry-level employment as a personal trainer.
“After starting my college career at DVC in 1985, I left to raise a family. I came back originally for a degree in teaching. However, for many years, I ran a youth sport league as I have a passion for all sports. Several semesters ago, I learned about a Theory of Coaching class and thus started my journey to declare a degree in Kinesiology. The professors in this program are wonderful and very encouraging. The internship was especially useful as I was able to be a part of some of the sports DVC offers, working in different capacities. Because of this program, my passion for sports was solidified, I graduated with my AS in Kinesiology/Coaching and am now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management/Administration.”
- Cyndee Farr-Gutierrez - AS degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Sports and Recreation Management
"Enrolling in the DVC Personal Training Program was the best decision I made when preparing for my new career. It gave me the both the confidence and knowledge I needed to become a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. The practical experience the program offers is invaluable and it enabled me to hit the ground running without hesitation."
- Lori Butler, DVC personal training alumni