Associate Degree in Advanced Personal Training and Exercise Science

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The associate degree program at Bryan University in Advanced Personal Training and Exercise Science (APTES) offers you a broad range of learning competencies. In addition to preparing for highly-regarded industry certifications, you’ll receive interactive learning experiences, live coaching and feedback, and in-depth health and fitness expertise.

The APTES program was designed based on current competencies outlined by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) so you learn the skills employers demand.

Gain the Skills Employers 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 APTES courses will provide:

  • An intensive curriculum reviewed by industry experts which includes a core focus on exercise science, nutrition, and personal trainer certification.
  • Technical fitness knowledge needed to give you an advantage in your career.
  • Critical business skills you’ll need to succeed in today’s competitive environment.
  • The cost to take a national certification through NASM is included in the program tuition.
  • All books and courseware are included in the program tuition!

When you receive an accredited associate’s degree in APTES from Bryan University, you’re immediately prepared for the job market.

Online & 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, 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 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 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.

Continue to the Bachelor’s Degree Level
Once you complete your APTES associate degree, you may consider continuing your education at the bachelor’s degree level. Bryan University offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Fitness Training & Exercise Science, developed in partnership with Personal Training Global (PTA Global). To learn more, please click here.

The Bryan University Difference

  • Long-Standing History of Excellence.
    We have a 77-year track record of preparing graduates for successful careers since 1940.
  • Focus on Employment, Not Just a Degree.
    You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for the job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs. Work with the Career Services Department to build a job network, sharpen your interview skills, and create an eye-catching resume.
  • Accelerated Programs.
    At Bryan University, we’ve developed a unique approach to education that allows you to complete your program in the shortest amount of time possible, while still providing the curriculum, faculty, and support to help you be successful.
  • Get the Credit You Deserve.
    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.
  • Learn by Doing, Not Just Lectures.
    You’ll develop skills and competencies using innovative, state-of-the-art learning curriculum, tools, and resources.
  • Learn From Experts, Not Just Books.
    Each faculty member has been carefully selected to ensure they have real-world industry experience. They provide caring, individualized support and mentoring.
  • Connect With Others, Not Just the Internet.
    Whether you’re an online or on campus student, you’ll learn collaboratively with faculty and peers to build a network of colleagues—for life.
  • Return for Refresher Classes.
    As a Bryan graduate, you’ll have the privilege of returning and auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills and confidence sharp.
  • Affordable.
    A member of our student finance team will help you put together a financial plan that works for you.  Financial aid is available to those who qualify.


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