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? No. The program is fully asynchronous allowing you the flexibility to login each week at your convenience. Some students complete portions of their work during their lunch hour. Others complete some weekly requirements on a Saturday morning, and some students complete the work late at night. It is mostly a matter of personal preference. One key to success is to stay on track and communicate regularly with faculty and other students via threaded discussion and e-mail.
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? 30-40 students are accepted for each cohort.
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? Yes, all faculty teaching in the program have taken a certification course preparing them to utilize and maximize the Learning Management System (LMS) technology and providing them with the skills to teach in a web-based environment. Faculty frequently discuss web-based course pedagogy and curriculum design with each other and various other professionals.
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 through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). CalU provides credit to applicants who have previously earned NASM certifications. You can receive credit for up to two 3-credit courses if you have a previously earned NASM certifications (NASM CPT and/or NASM PES).
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.