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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program 100% online? Yes, 100%.  There is no need to come to campus, unless of course you want to attend the traditional graduation ceremony.

Do I have to login at a certain time on specific days?

Is the program accredited?  California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Association.  The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.  The undergraduate degree program is offered by California University of Pennsylvania which has been accredited for over 40 years and in existence since 1852.  The program has undergone the same approval process of all academic programs in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

How many students are accepted?

What is a cohort?  A cohort is a group of students that starts and finishes the program at the same time.  The students work together in each course and become a professional cohort of health and fitness colleagues.

How often do new cohorts begin?  A new cohort begins each year in January, June, and August.

How do I apply?  Go to our application process webpage to complete the process in three easy steps.

Is financial aid available?  Yes.  Financial aid is available through the California University Financial Aid Office.  Many students receive a National Stafford loan which usually covers the cost of the entire program.  Several students submit for partial or complete reimbursement through their employers. Credit cards are also accepted.

Have the faculty been trained to teach in an online classroom?

What are the computer hardware and software requirements to access the courses? The requirements are found by clicking here. You can even run a Browser Test to see if your software is compatible.

How much does the program cost?  The approximate cost of the entire program, including tuition and fees, can be obtained from the main university webpage. 

How much are books and materials?  Books and other materials average $200-$350 per semester.  Often, these expenses can be covered by the financial aid loan.

Do I receive any certifications as part of the program?  Yes.  After taking the required coursework and passing a comprehensive examination, you will receive National Certification  (Certified Personal Trainer)through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).   You can  receive credit for one 3-credit course if you have a previously earned the NASM CPT Certification (NASM CPT). In addition, after taking the required coursework and passing a comprehensive examination, you will receive National Certification  (Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist) through the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE).

If accepted, how many hours a week would I need to commit to the program?  Typical hour requirements for a course average the same time commitment as a typical three credit on-campus course.  This may vary depending on course requirements.

As a student, is there technical support available if I have a technical problem?  Yes. There is a Help Desk provided by Desire2Learn (D2L) which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Typical response time from the Help Desk is less than five minutes.

Are SATs required for admission?  Yes, for applicants who completed high school within the past two years, but for applicants who have been out of high school for more than two years it is NOT required. Applicants are also evaluated on professional experience, previous education, references, and introduction letter.

What is the minimum GPA and grade policy to graduate from the program?  The standard for graduation within the Sport Management Studies-Wellness and Fitness Program is a 2.0 grade point average and no grade below "D" in the major.

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