Wellness and Fitness

Wellness and Fitness Online Graduate Certificate

About Wellness and Fitness

Learn about the design of top wellness and fitness programs.

In the exercise science and health promotion program at California University of Pennsylvania, the graduate certificate in wellness and fitness looks in-depth at the effective design of programs in fitness training and wellness for athletes and the general population.

You can earn your certificate in wellness and fitness in as little as 10 months. Cal U's 100% online certificate program is designed for those with a graduate degree in a related field such as exercise science, psychology, physical education, nursing, teaching or athletic training.

The graduate certificate is part of Cal U's exercise science and health promotion program, ranked #15 in the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Exercise Science Degree, according to GuidetoOnlineSchools.com.

Develop ways to integrate wellness and fitness.

Cal U offers an integrated approach to fitness and wellness, enabling you to:

  • Learn about NASM's Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, one of the industry's first comprehensive training systems based on scientific, evidence-based research.

Courses prepare you to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) exam to earn accredited certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: WELLNESS AND FITNESS CERTIFICATE

Latest Skills
Cal U's affordable, 100% online graduate certificate in wellness and fitness offers students the industry's most up-to-date skills and strategies taught by top faculty around the world. Your courses will focus on such topics as contemporary issues facing all fitness and wellness professionals, systematic approaches to wellness and fitness program design, ways to develop exercise programs for any type of personal training client, and more.

NASM CPT
Personal trainers with certification are employer-preferred. Your Cal U certificate program will prepare you for the Certified Personal Trainer examination. The CPT is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

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58%
of fitness trainers and instructors in the United States are hired by fitness and recreational sports centers.
 NASM 
In 2003, the National Academy of Sports Medicine selected California University of Pennsylvania as its first partner school.
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Degree Benefits

To meet strong industry demand, the wellness and fitness certificate program and degree concentration at Cal U are designed for a wide range of professionals who want to enhance their skills and advance in their careers:

  • Health and fitness professionals.

  • Personal trainers.

  • Educators.

  • Military professionals.

  • Coaches.

  • Others who want to learn about fitness training program design and wellness programs for the general population.

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Graduate Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase 13% over the next decade. The reason: Businesses, government and insurance organizations recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for employees. Read more about gainful employment.

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Wellness and Fitness - Online Graduate Certificate
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Research Focus

Cal U exercise science students in wellness and fitness study current clinical outcomes, psychology and physical activity research, and performance enhancement research. You'll also study fitness and injury prevention research for special populations, such as athletes at opposite ends of the age spectrum.

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Degree Options

Cal U offers a master's degree program in exercise science and health promotion with a concentration in wellness and fitness. Cal U students also can choose a dual concentration to study wellness and fitness with one of these three areas: rehabilitation science, sport psychology or wellness coaching. 

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Global Reach

Students from all 50 states and from more than 20 countries, including full-time military personnel, have enrolled in Cal U's online exercise science and health promotions program to earn a graduate certificate or a master's degree. 

Wellness and Fitness Graduate Certificate Courses

Wellness and fitness students complete a 12-credit certificate that includes focusing on the latest research and most current topics in the fitness and wellness industry.

Course Examples
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  • Research in Fitness and Wellness
  • An Integrated Approach to Fitness and Wellness
  • Program Design in Fitness and Wellness
  • Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness

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Exercise Science and Health Promotions (M.S.)

Concentrations
Dual Concentrations
Post Bachelor's Certificates
Certifications
 
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach

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Wellness and Fitness Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

batts@calu.edu

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Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

biddington@calu.edu

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh
Professor

roh@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

Federico@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

hatton@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

hess_ra@calu.edu

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

lombardo@calu.edu

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

mcglumphy@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

meyer@calu.edu

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

reuter@calu.edu

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

romaniruby@calu.edu

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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

wagner_r@calu.edu

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

West_E@calu.edu

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