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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management

Advance Your Skills in Exercise, Nutrition, and Fitness Entrepreneurship

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Career Outlook and Growth

Convert your healthy lifestyle and passion for fitness, nutrition, and exercise into a full-time career.  With a Bachelor’s Degree from Bryan University in Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management, you’ll gain a unique skill set and prepare for a fulfilling career in a growing industry.

Expanding Careers

Careers for health and fitness professionals, exercise instructors, nutrition coaches, and personal trainers are projected to grow much faster than average through the year 2030 at a rate of 15% or higher with projected job openings of 69,100 in the US.1

Earning your degree now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

Attractive Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the bachelor’s degree program, you’ll have the advanced knowledge and skillset to be job-ready for career opportunities2 that may include:

  • Certified Personal Trainer for Specialty Populations – learn advanced training techniques for those with disabilities, chronic disease, injuries, youth, and more.  Work in a gym setting, as an independent contractor, or self-employed.
  • Fitness Educator – help students successfully achieve their program requirements and career competencies.3
  • Sports Performance Coach – coach a high school sports team or individual athletes by effectively implementing goal-setting, action planning, and communication & motivation strategies.
  • Nutrition Coachmaximize your client’s success by providing nutrition coaching strategies based on food preferences, culture, and physical training demands.
  • Group Fitness/Exercise Instructor – conduct a safe and effective group exercise class for specialty modalities offered at commercial fitness centers.
  • Fitness Studio/Gym Owner – be your own boss and run your own gym or fitness studio by utilizing your business acumen and entrepreneurial skills learned in class.
  • Exercise Director/Club Manager – open doors of opportunity into managerial positions at commercial fitness centers.
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist – prepare to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Diverse Employers

Health and fitness professionals, coaches and educators may have different opportunities for employment at the bachelor’s degree level. From corporate settings to healthcare facilities to high-energy gyms and fitness centers, there are work environments for different personality types. Examples may include:

  • Commercial gyms and fitness facilities.
  • Corporate fitness centers.
  • High Schools.
  • Rehabilitation centers.
  • Self-employment.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management provides a broad range of skills and competencies. Designed by industry leaders and based upon current competencies outlined by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a variety of other reputable exercise science organizations, you can be assured of learning the skills employers demand. Upon graduation, you’ll be immediately prepared for the job market.

Foundational Skills Employers & Entrepreneurs Need

As a student at Bryan University, you’ll attend a top program where you’ll gain a solid foundation of knowledge from faculty who have real-world industry experience. Your courses include the following:

  • Advanced anatomy and physiology.
  • Advanced health screening and sport performance assessments.
  • Ergogenic aids counseling.
  • Exercise psychology and motivation.
  • Exercise programming for specialty populations (e.g., diabetes, pregnancy, or heart disease).
  • Rest, recovery, and corrective exercise strategies.
  • Business skills necessary for self-employment, including entrepreneurship, marketing, management and leadership.
  • Valuable soft skills in communications, writing, and research.
  • All books and courseware are included in program tuition!
  • Qualify to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through NSCA.

Specialized Skills in Nutrition Coaching

Your courses will also help maximize your value to clients by learning key skills in nutrition coaching such as:

  • Application of nutrition in making dietary recommendations and providing nutrition coaching to clients.
  • Sports nutrition if you work with athletes.
  • Nutrition considerations for specialty populations (e.g., diabetes, pregnancy, or heart disease).
  • Knowledge of the impact of physical activity and nutrition on populations from an epidemiology perspective.
  • Preparation for NASM’s Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) included in the program tuition.

Exceptional Value

Your investment in a Bryan University education will open doors to new career opportunities and provide you the following benefits:

  • Cost for all books, technology, and courseware are included in the program tuition.
  • Access to and practice utilizing FitHive's revolutionary personal trainer client management software in order to effectively build client programs as well as market and sell yourself.
  • Preparation to take the Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
  • Accelerated program so you can start and finish fast – saving you time and money and helping you get to work sooner.
  • Job search assistance from the Career Services team.
  • Graduates can return and audit courses for free to recharge their skills.
  • Student support services, including mentoring, tutoring, and technical support.
  • Tuition lock guarantee – we lock your tuition once you enroll so it never goes up.
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Connect with an Online Community Like No Other

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, hands-on learning environment that adapts to your unique needs and provides you with individual coaching and feedback.

As an online student, you’ll receive:

  • Live webcam interactions with instructors and experts right from home (webcams and headsets provided to all students).
  • Collaborative networking with peers.
  • Adaptive learning using an interactive engine that helps you learn and retain more.
  • Performance reports to help you track your progress and stay on top.
  • Mobile-compatible video app that allows you to demonstrate proficiency and easily upload assignments.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

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.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021-22 Edition, on the Internet at Also see Sites visited 1/15/2022. Also, job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.

2 Example 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.

3  May require additional teacher certification, depending upon your state of residence.

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The Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management Bachelor of Science completion program is designed to prepare students for: coaching, management, and other leadership positions in the fitness industry. The program focuses on the skills related to owning or managing a fitness business, as well as strategies to safely and effectively coach clients on how to make sound nutritional decisions. Bryan University delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and guidance. This program prepares students for a deeper understanding of the concepts and theories associated with Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management and students will be able to:

  • Comprehensively identify and understand the structure and function of all systems of the human body.
  • Critically analyze research and reasoning to identify gaps in the fitness industry in order to uncover a business opportunity.
  • Create, utilize, and interpret health screening forms and identify other client contraindications.
  • Prescribe appropriate fitness programs as well as proper rest and recovery to clients.
  • Obtain the knowledge, literacy, and ability necessary to take on leadership roles within the fitness industry.
  • Develop a comprehensive breadth and depth of nutrition and digestion.
  • Effectively solve for and structure guides for a wide range of clientele on how to make sound nutritional decisions.

Students who successfully graduate from the Personal Training Certificate program and the Applied Exercise and Fitness Associate program may transfer all 60 credits from those programs into the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management completion program. Other applicable Associate degree programs may also be considered for a block transfer into this baccalaureate completion program.


FNM-300— Advanced Functional Anatomy and Physiology —3.0 credits
This course focuses on anatomy from a functional perspective, covering how muscles work to produce movements in the joints. Students will also study the body's responses to physical activity as well as how the body adapts to physical activity over time.

FNM-305— Advanced Screening and Testing —3.0 credits
This course covers the application of conducting health screenings such as body fat, cardiovascular conditioning, sport performance tests, as well as identifying various physical activity contraindications.

FNM-310— Psychosocial Aspect of Physical Activity —3.0 credits
A course focused on social factors that impact client's thoughts and behaviors when it comes to physical activity. This course also covers the impact exercise has on anxiety, self-perception, cognitive performance, and quality of life.

FNM-315— Advanced Exercise Prescription —3.0 credits
A course focused on prescribing safe and effective programs to individuals with performance goals, as well as those that are dealing with health risks such as: diabetes, pregnancy, heart disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis.

FNM-320— Rest and Recovery Strategies —3.0 credits
This course provides insight into the importance of proper rest between workouts, the benefits of adequate sleep, and the application of rest and recovery modalities.

FNM-330— Corrective Impairment Strategies —3.0 credits
This course is focused on a variety of corrective exercise screenings and strategies. Topics in this course include muscle imbalances, movement efficiency, injury prevention, and movement pattern improvement modalities.

FNM-335— Physical Activity and Nutrition Epidemiology —3.0 credits
This course provides students' knowledge of epidemiology and the effect it has on physical activity and nutrition among the population. It also provides advanced studies with specific health and disease states. Understanding the relationship of physical activity with health and disease is imperative.

FNM-400— Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship —3.0 credits
This course provides students with the tools necessary to examine moral problems and make effective decisions on ethical issues faced in the fitness workplace. This course also provides insight into how to search for something new in the fitness field and how to exploit that idea into a gainful opportunity.

FNM-405— Application of Nutrition —3.0 credits
This course focuses on micro and macro nutrients and the practical application of making dietary recommendations to address common health concerns in order to provide nutritional coaching safely and effectively to a variety of clients.

FNM-410— Strategic Management and Leadership Strategies —3.0 credits
This course is an examination of strategic management concepts. Students will study the strategic planning process, which includes creating goals, making decisions, taking action, and analyzing results. This course also provides students with the skills to effectively lead small groups of employees.

FNM-415— Nutrition and Special Populations —3.0 credits
This course focuses on nutrition concepts and how they apply to groups of people with special needs that require a greater level of supervision, such as those with heart disease and diabetes.

FNM-420— Sales and Marketing for the Fitness Professional —3.0 credits
Organizational branding is a key strategy used by fitness businesses to distinguish themselves from their competitors and create a perception in the minds of their consumers. This course serves as an overview of marketing principles, as well as effective sales techniques both traditionally and online via social media and other platforms.

FNM-425— Sports Nutrition—3.0 credits
This course focuses on the core competencies in exercise and nutrition physiology, integrated metabolism, and biochemistry, and how they each apply to working with athletes.

FNM-430— Economics for the Fitness Professional—3.0 credits
This course teaches students how to project their revenue, set pricing for 1 on 1 and group training sessions, how to put together a budget, as well as the importance of saving due to the ebbs and flows of the training industry. Students will also be exposed to core ideas such as supply and demand, market equilibrium, and competition analysis in the fitness industry.

FNM-440—Ergogenic Aids Counseling—3.0 credits
This course focuses on providing students an in depth look at various ergogenic aids on the market. Students will be provided insight into the physiologic and psychological advantages to utilizing them as well as the dangers associated with various ergogenic aids.

ENG-300S*— Research and Writing II—3.0 credits
This upper-division course for research and writing prepares students with the ability to propose solutions to problems they encounter in their communities. This course focuses on the key skills of academic research and cohesively writing about them. Students use independent research to analyze a topic and formulate a position or thesis.

SCI-300S* Environmental Science—3.0 credits
A course covering the history of environmental concerns and how species interact with their environment. Topics include environmental history, sustainability, ecosystems, and human population change.

COM-315S*— Communication Ethics—3.0 credits
Communication ethics covers an introduction to the ethical nature of communication as it relates to evolving systems of communication, public discourse, and intercultural dynamics. Topics for this course will include systems of ethical reasoning and how to effectively address current issues in various fields of the communication discipline.

ECO-300S*— The Economics of Money—3.0 credits
The concept of money is powerful and it has evolved into an essential tool of the global economy. This course focuses on the relationship between money and economics. Topics include basic macroeconomic and microeconomic principles such as unemployment, inflation, business cycles, and emerging forms of money.

SOC-300S* Social Psychology—3.0 credits
A course covering the fundamentals of social psychology and group behavior. The course focuses on how individuals are influenced by other people and situations.

*Denotes General Education. For a current listing of course descriptions and any prerequisites, please see the University Catalog.

The program is offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 60 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight-week time period. Two eight-week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Justin Harper
Dr. Justin Harper, EdD, CPT, PES

Program Director, Bryan University

Degrees earned:

  • Grand Canyon University: Doctorate in Organizational Leadership w/emphasis in Behavioral Health Education
  • University of South Dakota: Masters in Health and Recreation w/emphasis in Exercise Science
  • University of South Dakota: Bachelors in Health, Recreation, and Physical Education


  • Certified Personal Trainer (NASM) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)

Contributions to the fitness field:

  • Serve on a per diem basis as a content expert helping to write test questions for the National Academy of Sports Medicine and personal train clients looking to improve their health.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:

  • Online/virtual personal training

Personal interests outside of fitness:

  • Playing basketball, listening to music, and am a huge football fan. Go 49ers!!
Kyle Thompson
Kyle Thompson

Assistant Program Director, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned:

  • Northeastern University - Master’s in Nutrition
  • Kansas State University - Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology


  • ACSM - CPT
  • CF - L1

Contributions to the fitness field:

  • 13+ years coaching and training in a plethora of realms including; Powerlifting, BodyBuilding, Strength and Conditioning, and post rehabilitation.
  • 7+ years of nutrition and exercise instructing at the collegiate level
  • Co-Host of The Optimal Human Podcast. A podcast exploring the many realms of human health and performance.
  • 7+ years of online coaching

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:

  • Nutrition Physiology
  • Nutrition for Performance
  • Exercise Physiology

Personal interests outside of fitness:

  • Nutrition and disease mitigation
  • Wrenching on classic muscle cars
  • Digital production

Anything you would want students to know about you:

  • If you have me in class, expect a relaxed and inviting environment. I am just a normal guy who spends a lot of time reading and learning about things that interest me. I enjoy passing on any and all knowledge. So, don’t hesitate to ask questions. I’ll answer if I can or I will point you in the direction to find the answer.

Favorite quote:

  • “For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” - JFK

This quote can be applied to all aspects of life. Explore the why behind the opinion.

Kate Timp
Kate Timp

Lead Faculty, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned: 

  • BS Finance, Arizona State University
  • MS Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University


  • Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM)

Contributions to the fitness field:

  • I qualified for and ran the 2011 Boston Marathon after 4 failed attempts at qualifying. Personal and Group training business owner.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:

  • Nutrition, kettlebell training, yoga

Personal interests outside of fitness:

  • Watch my sons play baseball

What I want my students to know about me:

  • I love teaching and am 100% vested in your success!
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Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

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Kelly Baker

Instructor, Bryan University

DPA in Public Administration from West Chester University; MA in Communication Studies from West Chester University and BA in Communications from Immaculata University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:
  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • Note that students applying to healthcare programs may need to identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.
  • For students applying to bachelor’s completion degree programs in Healthcare Administration, Paralegal Studies, or Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management, students must provide official transcripts for an earned associate degree, or higher-level degree, from an accredited postsecondary educational institution that is related to the educational program objectives.
To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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Tuition Goes Down the Longer You're in School
We understand the importance of helping you stay in school and graduate successfully. To help motivate you, we provide tuition discounts the longer you're in school.

Financing Options Available
As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn more, please visit our financial aid page.

For students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details.

You may also complete the Request Information form or call us at 888-721-9773 to receive immediate assistance.

The Bryan U Difference​

Tuition Lock Guarantee​

We lock your tuition rate once you enroll, plus tuition goes down the longer you're in school.​

Job Search Assistance

We provide students job search assistance while in school and once they graduate.

Accelerated Programs

You can get started - and finish - fast.

Welcome Kits Included

Once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you're ready to start school.

Faculty Who Put You First

Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.

Electronic Books & Courseware Included

We provide easy access to all your electronic textbooks and courseware.

Focus on Employment

You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.

Learn by Doing

You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

Return for Refresher Classes

As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.
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