The School of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics at Irvine Valley College provides opportunities for students in the concepts of lifelong fitness and health. Students not only exercise but also are introduced to topics related to exercise such as the physiology of the body, nutrition, injury prevention, and health enhancement. The program serves all students, regardless of age, fitness level, or previous experience.
Classes are offered in cardiovascular fitness, individual/paired sports, intramurals, intercollegiate athletics, team sports, and physical training. The school also provides special services courses for physically challenged individuals 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 in that process and to introduce them to the related topics of nutrition, injury prevention, and health enhancement.
Students intending to transfer to a four-year institution with a major in kinesiology, recreation or leisure studies should consult with a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology, Health, and Athletics.
Those seeking employment in an industrial fitness/club fitness setting are advised to explore the fitness professional certificate program. This one-year program is designed to qualify students to serve as personal trainers, aerobics instructors, and/or strength-training instructors. Those who pursue this program will be educated in the principles of exercise science that apply to fitness evaluation, exercise recommendation, and application of appropriate exercise methods.