Health Fitness Specialist Bachelor Degree

Professional Fitness Trainer

Bachelor Program

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Total Program Credits:
180 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
12 quarters full time
36 months with year-round classes

Employment Rate:
80% for 2012 - 2013

Salary Range:
Full-time $15,080 - $30,000

Students in the Bachelor of Science in health fitness specialist degree program complete a curriculum prepares for successful entry-level employment as a personal trainer. The sense of satisfaction that those in the health fitness industry get as a result of working with their clients is a motivator for many of our students. 


In the health fitness specialist program, you will gain knowledge in the areas of:

  • Exercise science
  • Kinesiology (the study of human movement)
  • Medical terminology
  • Nutrition

The curriculum you would complete as part of the Bachelor of Science in health fitness specialist degree program includes a number of business classes, which are included in the program to create a well-rounded professional. Graduates are better prepared for leadership roles in their career as a result of gaining business skills such as:

  • Small business management
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Applied ethics
  • Professional communications

As a Bachelor of Science in health fitness specialist degree student, you can expect:

  • Access to tutors
  • Knowledgeable financial aid staff
  • Resume writing, job interviewing and other career assistance
  • The flexibility of online, day and evening classes
  • Hands-on experience through class projects

Principles in Child Fitness
This course is an introduction to the design and implementation of fitness programs for children. Topics include child motivation, creative activities, problem-solving and building self-esteem through physical movement.

Trends in Health Fitness and Wellness
Students are introduced to current issues and trends in health fitness and wellness, dealing with topics such as ergonomics, fitness routines, state regulations and promotion of the profession. Students will research and discuss emerging industry trends and their effect on current industry standards, and will develop wellness strategies based on their research. Students will apply these new methods in a lab setting, in order to ensure successful implementation of their wellness strategies. 

Worksite Health Promotion
Students explore workplace health-related issues and examines approaching to promote health and prevent injury. It addresses assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation strategies.

Here are a few examples of companies that have employed our graduates.

B.S. Health Fitness Specialist Graduates July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013

  • Blackhawk Fitness
  • Getting Fit with Christine
  • Keva Sports Center
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Snap Fitness
  • YMCA-Hudson

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