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Bachelor of Science in Professional Fitness Training and Exercise Science

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Career Outlook and Growth

Convert your healthy lifestyle and passion for fitness into a full-time career.  With a Bachelor’s Degree from Bryan University in Professional Fitness Training & Exercise Science, you’ll gain a unique skillset and prepare for a fulfilling career in a growing industry.

Expanding Careers

Careers for health and fitness professionals, instructors, and personal trainers are projected to grow faster than average through the year 2028 at a rate of 11% or higher with projected job openings of 67,600 in the US.1

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

Attractive Opportunities

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:

  • 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.2
  • Sports Performance Coach – coach a high school sports team or individual athletes by effectively implementing goal-setting, action planning, and communication & motivation strategies.
  • 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 Professional Fitness Training and Exercise Science 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 the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), you can be assured of learning the skills employers demand. Upon graduation, you’ll be immediately prepared for the job market.

In addition to preparing you for highly-regarded, nationally-recognized industry certifications, you’ll obtain advanced health and fitness competencies by leveraging some of the most innovative curriculum developed by, or in partnership with, Personal Training Academy Global (PTA Global).

Gain the Skills Employers Need

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

  • Core focus on exercise science, personal fitness training, and nutrition.
  • Sciences, including physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics.
  • Advanced concepts and techniques for personal training, strength & conditioning, and group instruction.
  • Team sports coaching and athletic conditioning, including communication and motivation strategies.
  • Business skills necessary for self-employment, including entrepreneurship, marketing, management and leadership.
  • Nationally-recognized certification preparation (the cost to take a NASM certification is included with tuition).
  • All books and courseware are included in program tuition!

Online and On-Campus Options Available

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.

For students choosing the Online learning option, you’ll experience live, interactive classes where you’ll be able to see, hear and interact with your instructors right from your computer at home. You’ll also be able to participate in online, collaborative learning with other students, view multimedia presentations of course content, and engage in ongoing forum discussions with instructors and students.

For students living in Phoenix or the surrounding area, you’ll have the option to attend our world-class 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 schedule a tour.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019-20 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.
May require additional teacher certification, depending upon your state of residence.

Meet the Program Director

“Our goal for graduates of the bachelor’s degree program is to be job-ready as true experts and leaders in the fitness industry.”

– Justin Harper, MA., CPT, PES

Career Success

Shane Hunnicutt
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Claire Cielinski
Claire Cielinski - Personal Trainer - Bryan University Graduate
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Employer Success

Tom Hatten, CEO
Mountainside Fitness
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Program Details

Why We're Different: Students Come First

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.