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.
Careers for health and fitness professionals, exercise 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
Earning your degree now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.
As a graduate of the bachelor’s degree program, you’ll have the advanced knowledge and skillset to be job-ready for career opportunities that may include:
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:
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.
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:
Your courses will also help maximize your value to clients by learning key skills in nutrition coaching such as:
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, 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:
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.
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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.
2 May require additional teacher certification, depending upon your state of residence.
3 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.
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:
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 the books used in each course and any prerequisites, please see the University Catalog.
The program is offered 100% online.
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.
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.
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EdD in Educational Leadership, MEd in Math Education, BS in Mathematics, University of Georgia
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Master of Social Work, BA in Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
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