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To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits. NOTE: students who complete the Personal Trainer Undergraduate Certificate and Associate Degree in Applied Exercise and Fitness programs receive full transfer credit towards the bachelor’s degree program.
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.
UNV-101—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.
EXS-100—Introduction to Personal Training—3.0 credits
This course is an overview of the field of personal training including the history of exercise science, sub-disciplines of exercise science, professional organizations, certifications and the future of the field.
EXS-101—Body Systems—3.0 credits
This course is an overview of the human body and its major systems.
EXS-103—Functional Anatomy—3.0 credits
This course will provide an in-depth look at how the human body systems interact and function in relation to exercise and movement. Students will learn the various parts and functions of the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems.
EXS-104—Fitness Screening and Testing—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of conducting health screenings and risk stratifications, as well as tests such as body fat, cardiovascular condition, and various performance tests.
EXS-105—Human Movement Sciences—3.0 credits
This course covers the basic principles of biomechanics, with a significant focus on injury prevention for both the allied health professional and the client.
EXS-106—Group Training and Programming—3.0 credits
This course provides students with the basic skills needed to instruct group training sessions. Students will learn how to set up programs and instruct sessions for group training in a variety of settings.
EXS-107—Nutrition Fundamentals—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of nutrition and the fundamentals of how food is used by the human body. Students will be able to identify healthy food sources for the various nutrients and decipher reliable and unreliable nutritional information.
EXS-108—Weight Management—3.0 credits
A course covering the principles of achieving effective and permanent changes in weight, depending upon client goals.
EXS-109— Sales and Ethics for Fitness Professionals—3.0 credits
This course covers the various skills needed to be an effective salesperson in the health and fitness profession. This includes communication skills, interviewing, steps of the sale, fundamentals of professional conduct and ethics, and money/revenue management skills.
EXS-110—Behavior Management—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to the motivation behind behavior change as it relates to physical activity behaviors. Topics include goal setting, motivating clients, developing an action plan, and communication strategies needed to inspire and sustain long-term healthy habits.
EXS-200—Cardiovascular Training and Programming—3.0 credits
This course covers the foundations of Cardiovascular Training and Programming and related Exercise Science.
EXS-205—Training for Special Populations—3.0 credits
This course covers modifications to standard training programs for people with existing chronic or acute disease. The fundamentals of training special populations are also addressed.
EXS-206—Applied Nutrition Concepts—3.0 credits
This course focuses on micronutrients and the practical application of making dietary recommendations to address common health concerns and meet the unique needs of athletic clients.
EXS-207—Business Management—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of operating an allied health business.
EXS-208—Coaching Psychology—3.0 credits
This course builds on skills learned in EXS-110 to help students coach clients in all aspects of wellness, not just physical activity behaviors.
EXS-209— Resistance Training and Programming: Stability/Mobility—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for stability and mobility. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection and progression.
EXS-210—Resistance Training and Programming: Strength Endurance/Hypertrophy—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for strength endurance and hypertrophy. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection and progression.
EXS-211—Resistance Training and Programming: Strength/Power—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for strength and power. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection and progression.
EXS-212—SAQ, Power, and Plyometric Training for Performance—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ), power, and plyometric training. The courses emphasizes appropriate exercise selection and progression.
EXS-213—Health Promotion Fundamentals—3.0 credits
Promoting health is an important component of fitness and wellness. Students learn about the history of health patterns; social, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect health; and the role of fitness, health, and wellness practitioners in promoting healthy behaviors.
EXS-298—Practical Fitness Capstone—3.0 credits
This is a culminating course offering students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in previous courses. Students will demonstrate best practices as a personal trainer to include, active listening, communicating with clients, articulating proper exercise technique, and managing client expectations.
EXS-299—National Test Preparation—3.0 credits
This course prepares students to take national certification exams, paying particular attention to test-taking skills, self-directed review, and improvement of weak areas of knowledge, skill, and ability.
PFT-300—Gaining and Retaining Clients—3.0 credits
A course focused on a key driver of success as a personal trainer: gaining and retaining clients. This course
addresses engaging clients in your facility and generating goal-oriented value to retain your clients. New and unique ways of looking at prospecting and retention are discussed.
PFT-301—Advanced Functional Anatomy—3.0 credits
This course focuses on anatomy from a functional perspective, covering how muscles work to produce movements in the joints. Special focus is given to analyzing the movements of joints in selected resistance training exercises.
PFT-302— Functional Biomechanics—3.0 credits
A course that presents an integrated view of biomechanics. Topics include tensegrity and the implications of functional biomechanics in exercise and movement.
PFT-303—Applied Fitness Assessment Techniques—3.0 credits
This course covers fitness assessment and testing techniques, including review of physiological measurements, pre- exercise evaluation, test selection and test interpretation. Other topics include resting metabolism and advanced body composition techniques.
PFT-304—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory Training—3.0 credits
A course focused on the interpretation of cardiovascular assessments to create programs for various populations. Topics include needs analysis, exercise selection and order, and training frequency.
PFT-305—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Resistance Training—3.0 credits
A course focused on the interpretation of various assessments to create programs for specific performance goals. Topics include needs analysis, exercise selection and order, training frequency, and other acute variables.
PFT-306—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Flexibility—3.0 credits
This course covers methods and practices that facilitate improvement in local mobility, global mobility, and full range of motion in the joints. Topics are focused on observing limitations or deficiencies and designing flexibility and stretching programs for various populations.
PFT-307—Training Special Populations: Older Adults and Youth—3.0 credits
This course focuses on knowledge and training concepts that are unique to training older adults and youth. Topics related to training older adults include assessing fitness levels, designing fitness programs, and providing motivating exercise. The practical realities of working with youth, socialization of play, and providing motivating exercise that is dominated by movement will also be addressed.
PFT-308—Training Special Populations: Chronic Diseases and Disabilities—3.0 credits
This course focuses on knowledge and training concepts that are unique to training persons with chronic diseases and disabilities. Topics include exercise as medicine, managing exercise, and exercise recommendations for individuals with chronic diseases and disabilities.
PFT-309—Training the Whole Person—3.0 credits
This course addresses the essence of being a personal trainer – helping clients with behavior change. Students learn about the psychology of health and fitness in order to facilitate long-term behavior change in clients.
PFT-401—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, and injury prevention.
PFT-402—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Athletes—3.0 credits
A course focused on building resistance training programs for athletes through the four sport seasons. Topics include needs analysis, exercise selection and order, training frequency, loading and repetitions, volume, and rest period.
PFT-403—Sport and Exercise Nutrition—3.0 credits
This course provides an in-depth look at sports nutrition. Students will learn how to effectively assist the athletic population with nutrition for performance enhancement.
PFT-404—Corporate Wellness—3.0 credits
This course explores health and wellness as it relates to corporate industry. Topics include worksite health promotion, public preventative health services, and current topics in corporate fitness and wellness.
PFT-405—Marketing and Advertising for the Fitness Professional—3.0 credits
A course focused on specific strategies to help develop fitness clientele while maximizing marketing and advertising returns. Students will learn about basic marketing and advertising concepts and techniques using a fitness industry lens to achieve results.
PFT-406—Entrepreneurship for the Fitness Professional —3.0 credits
Creating a successful fitness business is the goal of many personal trainers. This course is a survey of key entrepreneurship concepts and strategies for success as a fitness entrepreneur. Topics include business plans, studio and club design, and key factors to success.
PFT-407—Leadership for the Fitness Professional—3.0 credits
This course guides students in developing leadership traits and philosophies that will assist them in the role of personal trainer. Students reflect on different leadership scenarios that they may encounter in the health and fitness industry.
PFT-408—Evaluating Research in Health & Fitness—3.0 credits
This course teaches students how to evaluate research in order to stay current and to continually be developing as a personal trainer. Topics include research skills, validity, reliability, and ways to critically analyze research.
PFT-409—Current Trends in Health & Fitness—3.0 credits
A course on special topics and current trends in the health and fitness industry, including technology, popular types of training, and the future of training.
Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.
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Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don’t differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.
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.
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