Looking for a career where you can stay fit and change lives? A professional fitness and personal training career provides both. It all starts with the right skills, knowledge and credentials, which Bryan University’s programs give you. We fast track you to success – so you can launch your career and start making a difference sooner.
Careers for health and fitness professionals, instructors, nutrition coaches, and personal trainers are projected to grow much faster than average through the year 2029 at a rate of 8% or higher with projected job openings of 66,400 in the US.1
Preparing now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.
Health and fitness professionals have a range of opportunities for employment such as:
In this growing industry, an Associate Degree in Applied Exercise and Fitness can put you on the path to a fulfilling career2, including:
The associate degree program at Bryan University in Applied Exercise and Fitness (AFIT) offers you a broad range of learning competencies. You’ll receive interactive learning experiences, live coaching and feedback, and in-depth health and fitness expertise.
The AFIT program was designed based on current competencies outlined by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) so you learn the skills employers demand.
As a student at Bryan University, you’ll gain extensive knowledge in our interactive classrooms from faculty who have real-world industry experience. Your AFIT courses will provide all of the skills and competencies contained in the Personal Trainer Undergraduate Certificate program, including body sciences, nutrition, personal trainer cert preparation, design of fitness programs, motivational techniques, and sales fundamentals. In addition, AFIT provides:
When you receive an accredited degree from Bryan University coupled with the credibility of a personal trainer certification, you’re immediately prepared for the job market.
Your investment in a Bryan University education will open doors to new career opportunities and provide you the following benefits:
At Bryan University, we believe that success in the field of health and fitness training demands a different approach to education. That’s why we’re dedicated to building a more innovative, interactive learning environment that adapts to your unique needs and provides you with individual coaching and feedback.
For students choosing the Online learning option, you’ll receive:
For students living in Phoenix or the surrounding area, you’ll have the option to attend our modern campus located in Tempe, Arizona. We invite you to visit our campus for a tour of the facilities, plus you’ll have the opportunity to meet and speak with instructors. Please complete the Request Information form or call 888-768-6861 to learn more.
Once you complete your AFIT associate degree, you may consider continuing your education at the bachelor’s degree level. Bryan University offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Fitness Training & Exercise Science, developed in partnership with industry experts. All credits earned in the PTUC and AFIT programs fully transfer into the bachelor’s degree.
You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020-21 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/fitness-trainers-and-instructors.htm. Also see http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-9031.00.
2Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.
The Associate Degree in Applied Exercise and Fitness Program prepares students to become well-rounded and specialized in their exercise, fitness, and personal training knowledge. Graduates of the program build on their fundamental personal training knowledge by learning about the business elements of being a personal trainer and gaining specialized knowledge in group training theory, small group training, and weight management.