Wellness Coaching

Wellness Coaching Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Wellness Coaching Concentration

About Wellness Coaching

Build expertise in promoting healthy lifestyles through behavioral changes.

Earn your accredited master's degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in wellness coaching. This is an online graduate degree program, with two wellness coaching courses offered in a synchronous component via telephone. Complete this online master's degree program in 12 months full time or 17 months part time. 

Cal U's exercise science and health promotion program is nationally ranked and recognized as a leader in offering high-quality education from a historic state university.

Explore the latest research to advance well-being.

Study current topics in wellness coaching, review research and develop the competencies to foster well-being and prevent or treat diseases.

  • Cal U's specialized wellness coaching program was developed in partnership with Wellcoaches®, a recognized international provider of wellness coaching education. 
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  • Students prepare to earn the health and wellness coach certification, endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: WELLNESS COACHING

Evidence-based: Cal U's affordable, online master's degree programs in exercise science and health promotion, in partnership Wellcoaches®, promote an evidence-based protocol that generates positive outcomes, as reported in peer-reviewed journals. 

ACSM: A Cal U degree, plus a health and wellness coach certification endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), means you'll achieve the gold standard in coach certifications in the healthcare field.

Personalized Education: Create a customized exercise science degree program that’s the perfect fit for you. Choose the wellness coaching concentration alone for a 36-credit degree, or combine it with one of these programs to create a 48-credit dual concentration. Graduate-level certificate programs also are available in these areas:

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Top 20 
Since 2010, wellness coaching has ranked in the top 20 most important fitness trends worldwide, according to ACSM's annual survey.
Job-ready 
Nearly 100% of Cal U graduates in exercise science are hired for in-demand jobs in the fitness industry.
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Degree Benefits

The wellness coaching concentration at Cal U prepares professionals to excel with courses that:

  • Help clients develop the right mindsets to make lasting lifestyle changes.

  • Teach evidence-based wellness coaching competencies, grounded in positive psychology.

  • Identify various research sources, creating skills for future study in the field.

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Graduate Outcomes

Demand continues to grow for fitness training and wellness coaching programs. ACSM's 2016 trend survey says personal trainers and other health and fitness professionals are adopting wellness coaching and techniques of behavior change to enhance career skillsets.

 
 Wellness Coaching Concentration - Online Master's Degree
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Global Interest

 

Cal U's online master's degree in exercise science draws students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries, plus full-time military personnel deployed around the world, including active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Pakistan.

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Dual Focus

At Cal U, wellness coaching can be paired with other disciplines in exercise science for a dual concentration: applied sport science, group fitness leadership, nutrition, performance enhancement and injury prevention, rehabilitation science, wellness and fitness, or sport psychology.

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#1 Trend

The ever-increasing focus on health, wellness and fitness - and uptick in related professional jobs and careers - are further confirmed by ACSM's 2016 survey: The #1 fitness trend worldwide is wearable technology, with sales reaching $6 billion in 2016.

Wellness Coaching Concentration Online Master's Degree Courses

At Cal U, the 36-credit master's degree program in exercise science and health promotion includes 12 credits in courses focused specifically on wellness coaching. Courses begin in winter and summer.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
PRF 700 Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701 Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705 Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 714 Health and Wellness Coaching Competencies 3
PRF 715 Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720 Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 754 Health and Wellness Coaching – Facilitating Change 3
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765 Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770 Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 784 Current Topics in Wellness Coaching 3
PRF 840 Leadership and Professional Development 3
Total 36
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.50 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.50 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume may be requested
    • Two professional references may be requested
    • Two professional letters of recommendation may be requested
    • An interview by the program coordinator may be requested to determine potential for success in the program.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

 

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Concentrations

 

Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.

Certifications
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM

Wellness Coaching Concentration Faculty

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
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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Dr. Tom West
Professor

west_t@calu.edu

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Additional Resources

Exercise Science Overview

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration