Kinesiology and Athletics

The DVC Kinesiology and Athletics Department’s mission is to:

  • Inspire students to sustain safe and effective, lifelong physical activity that promotes a healthy and productive lifestyle.
  • Educate students and prepare them to pursue career-oriented degrees or certificates, through courses in kinesiology and athletics.
  • Empower students to discover the transforming connection between physical activity and one’s emotional and cognitive well-being.

Programs and Activity Courses

Fitness Instruction and Personal Training

Fitness Instruction / Personal Training

Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

Sports Medicine / Athletic Training




Kinesiology Activity



Degrees and Certificates

AS - Fitness Instruction

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.

AS-T - Kinesiology

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.

AS - Kinesiology: Coaching or Sports Management and Recreation

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:

  • fitness centers,
  • spas and wellness centers,
  • recreational facilities, etc.

AS - Sports Medicine/Athletic Training

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.

Certificate of Achievement - Coaching

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.

Certificate of Achievement - Personal Training

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Facility Manager
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness and Wellness Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach
  • Sport Event Manager

How to register for a DVC course

  • “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 - 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 - Personal Training

  • I 100% recommend the DVC lacrosse program to players of all skill levels.    My experience playing on the DVC Lacrosse team for 2 years made the community college experience 10x more enjoyable because of the friendships developed and unique experience competing against 4 year colleges like UC Berkeley, as well as, winning the Community College State Championship!   The coaching staff, DVC facilities, and wide range of player talent challenged me to become a better lacrosse player which helped me when I continued playing at the 4 year college I transferred to.

    - Cameron Toy - Athletics

  • The training and experience I received from the Kinesiology courses at DVC and from Shelly Pierson definitely gave me the solid fundamental understanding I needed to excel in school as well as professionally. If your goal is to be one of the best fitness experts in the industry, you should enroll in the DVC Kinesiology and Personal Training program.

    - Erick Nicoletti, MA, CSCS - Personal Training / Fitness Instruction

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Christine Worsley
Dean Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance/Athletic Director