MCC Offers Michigan’s Only NASM Personal Trainer Certification in January

The Fitness Center located inside MCC's Health and Wellness Center

Muskegon Community College is offering a 16-week course beginning on Jan. 10 for those interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

“NASM is the most prestigious and respected name in fitness certification,” said Jason Shaughnessy, who chairs the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at MCC. “We are the only Michigan college offering this certification program.”

The course, Foundations of Personal Training (PEP 200), will be taught in person at MCC’s Health and Wellness Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Students must register before the Winter 2022 semester starts on Jan. 10.

“This class is intended for students who want to become a Certified Personal Trainer,” explained Shaughnessy. “Training fundamentals and certification will be key components of the course, which ends in early May. Students who pass the CPT exam will earn a Certified Personal Trainer Certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and will be able to apply for CPT positions anywhere in the United States.”

A MCC HPER physical release is required before the start of any activity. Students will need CPR certification prior to taking the Certified Personal Trainer exam.

For more information, please contact Jason Shaughnessy at To register for the course, visit