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Become a Personal Trainer in the Growing Field of Health & Fitness

Personal Trainer Undergraduate Certificate

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Career Outlook in Health and Fitness

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.

Expanding Careers

Careers for health and fitness professionals, group exercise instructors, nutrition coaches, and personal trainers are projected to grow 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.

Diverse Employers

Health and fitness professionals have a range of opportunities for employment such as:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Self-employment

Attractive Career Opportunities

In this growing industry, a diploma from Bryan University can put you on the path to a fulfilling career including:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Gym Staff Member
  • Independent Trainer/Contractor
  • Nutrition/Supplement Store Associate
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator

Program Overview

The program at Bryan University in Personal Training provides you a broad range of skills. You’ll prepare for highly-regarded industry certifications and receive interactive learning experiences, live coaching and feedback, and hands-on health and fitness expertise.

The Personal Training program was designed based on current competencies outlined by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) so you can be assured of learning the skills employers demand.

Valuable Skills Employers and Entrepreneurs Need

As a student at Bryan University, you’ll gain extensive knowledge in our interactive classrooms from faculty who have real-world industry experience. Your courses will provide:

  • A core focus on body sciences (anatomy, physiology, & kinesiology)
  • Nutrition
  • Personal trainer certification preparation
  • Client intake and assessment, fitness screenings, and design of personal fitness programs
  • Motivational techniques, goal setting, and long-term sustainability of health habits
  • Critical business, sales, and client retention skills you’ll need to succeed in today’s competitive environment

When you receive an accredited diploma from Bryan University coupled with the credibility of a personal trainer certification, you’re immediately prepared for the job market.

Exceptional Value

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

  • Cost to take a national certification through NASM is included in the program tuition (or receive applicable course credit if you already hold a NASM credential)
  • Cost for all books, technology, and courseware are included in the program tuition
  • 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
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify

An Online Learning Experience 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, 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:

  • Live webcam interactions with instructors and experts right from home (webcams 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
  • Timely, targeted coaching and feedback personalized to your needs

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.

Earn Your Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree

Once you complete your Personal Trainer Undergraduate Certificate (PTUC), you may consider continuing your education at the associate degree or bachelor’s degree level. Bryan University offers an Associate Degree in Applied Exercise and Fitness, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management, developed in partnership with industry experts. All credits earned in the PTUC program fully transfer into these programs.

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.

Footnotes

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 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.

Program Details​

Objectives & Courses
Locations & Credits
Program Faculty
General Education Faculty
Admission Requirements
Affording College

Objectives

The Personal Trainer Certificate program prepares students for entry-level employment in the expanding fields of personal training and health and fitness. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills needed to work with clients in a wide variety of health and wellness environments. This program requires the completion of practicum assignments, which require students to complete hands-on demonstrations. Following the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to training strategies.
  • Help problem-solve with future clients the impact of nutrition on the human body.
  • Perform fitness assessments on a wide range of clientele.
  • Create individualized exercise programs based on assessment, client need, while remaining cognizant of cultural differences.
  • Perform foundational, advanced, and sport-specific movement patterns and exercises.
  • Teach foundational, advanced, sport-specific movement patterns and exercises.
  • Use current sales techniques to skillfully and critically ask questions to obtain and retain clients.
  • Implement current marketing strategies utilizing new technologies.
  • Utilize coaching to identify strategies for client behavior change.
  • Influence client behavior through a systematic process and analysis.
  • Demonstrate core values and ethics critical to the field of personal training.
  • Recognize the value of lifelong professional development in the field of personal training.
  • Test for a national personal trainer certification.

Courses

UNV-101S—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.

PTD-100—Personal Training and Sales Fundamentals—3.0 credits
This course provides an introduction to the field of personal training along with the fundamental skills necessary to be an effective salesperson in the field. The history of personal training, professional organizations, certifications, and career tracks in the field are discussed. Students learn about communication skills, interviewing, steps of the sale, and fundamentals of professional conduct and ethics. Additionally, students learn the primal movement patterns and gain practical experience performing many common exercises and movement patterns that will be utilized with their clients.

PTD-101—Body Sciences I—3.0 credits
This course will provide an in-depth look at basics principles of kinesiology, including planes of motion, joints of movement, and joint actions.

PTD-102—Body Sciences II—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.

PTD-103—Client Intake and Assessment—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.

PTD-104— Programming Basics I—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing resistance training, cardiorespiratory training, and flexibility programs. The course focuses on training session components and appropriate exercise selection, progression, and program design variables for resistance and cardiorespiratory training.

PTD-105—Programming Basics II—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of advanced training programs. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection, progression, and program design variables for advanced programs and special populations.

PTD-106— Nutrition Fundamentals—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of nutrition and 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.

PTD-107—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.

PTD-110—Exam and Career Preparation—3.0 credits
This course prepares students to take the NASM certification exam, paying particular attention to test-taking skills and improvement of weak areas of knowledge, skill, and ability. Students also prepare for their career through resume building activities and interview roleplays.

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.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 30 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.

Chestiny Fair
Chestiny Fair

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned:

  • D. Health and Human Performance from Concordia University (expected completion 2022)
  • Master of Kinesiology from A.T. Still University, Mesa Arizona
  • Bachelor’s of Science, Health, and Wellness from Arizona State University
  • Associates of Applied Science, Dietetics from Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Certification(s):

  • Weightlifting Sports performance (USAW)
  • Personal Training (ACSM)
  • CPR-AED (AHA)

Contributions to the fitness field:

  • Educated over 150 volunteers that have worked for the food bank on the importance of food safety and low-income families in apache junction in the elementary schools about healthy eating and daily physical activities.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:

  • Coaching Cardio, Strength, and Flexibility Training
  • Weight Management Injury Prevention
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Olympic lifting
  • Working with youth athletes

Personal interests outside of fitness:

  • Spending time with my daughter and friends, running, reading, weightlifting, playing sports, coaching, painting, and teaching.

Favorite quotes:

  • “Sometimes, words get in the way of action and thinking gets in the way of doing.” - Unknown
  • “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” - Fred DeVito
Cheri Fisher

Faculty, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Toledo
  • MS in Exercise Science from University of Toledo

Certification(s):

  • AFAA-PGEC
Daniel Hartmann

Faculty, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned: 

  • BS in Exercise Science, Western Michigan University

Certification(s):

  • NASM-CPT
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Kyla Morrissey

Instructor, Bryan University

MEd in Education Administration and Leadership from Arizona State University; MS in Psychology from University of Phoenix

Jennifer Northrip

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Bowling Green State University; BA in English, University of Colorado

Rena Stallworth

Instructor, Bryan University

MEd Mathematics Education, Texas A&M University; BA Traditional Mathematics

Kimberly Ware

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Communication, Arizona State University; BS in Arts Administration, Butler University

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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.
  • Students applying to healthcare programs must also identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.
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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