Wellness and Fitness

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

About Wellness and Fitness

Explore the design of top fitness and wellness programs.

In the master's degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania, the wellness and fitness concentration delves into the effective design of fitness training programs and wellness programs for the general population.

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.

Courses prepare you to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) exam to earn accredited certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Complete Cal U's online degree program in 12 months full time or 17 months part time.

Learn to integrate fitness and wellness.

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.
  • Study a range of course topics, including nutrition for peak performance, exercise physiology, leadership in fitness, business and entrepreneurship in the fitness industry, and more.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: WELLNESS AND FITNESS CONCENTRATION

Latest skills: Cal U's affordable, online master's degree program in exercise science and health promotion offers students the most up-to-date skills and strategies in the industry, taught by top faculty who are experts in the field.

Build a Personalized Program: Customize your exercise science degree by selecting areas of focus that propel your career to the next level. Choose the wellness and fitness concentration alone for a 36-credit degree, or combine it with one of these programs to create a 48-credit dual concentration:

Certificate Option: Looking for a professional credential instead of a master’s degree? Then select the 12-credit, post-bachelor’s wellness and fitness certificate. In fact, Cal U offers graduate-level certificates in a variety of exercise science specialties.

NASM CPT: Personal trainers with certification are employer-preferred. Your Cal U degree 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.
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 The National Academy of Sports Medicine selected California University of Pennsylvania as its first partner school, in 2003.
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Degree Benefits

To meet strong industry demand, the wellness and fitness track at Cal U is designed for a wide range of professionals:

  • 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.

 
Wellness and Fitness 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, rehabilitation science, sport psychology, and wellness coaching.

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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 and Fitness Concentration - Online Master's Degree Courses

Wellness and fitness students complete a 36-credit master's degree in exercise science and health promotion. 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 711 An Integrated Approach to Fitness and Wellness 3
PRF 715 Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720 Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 751 Program Design in Wellness and Fitness 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 781 Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness 3
PRF 800 Research in Wellness and Fitness 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

 

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree

(3+1 option) for B.S., Sport Management, Wellness and Fitness and Exercise Science and Health Promotions Concentrations

Information

With Cal U's 3+1 accelerated program, transfers into the wellness and fitness bachelor's degree program can transition directly into one of five concentrations in the Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotions program with the potential to graduate with both degrees in just 4 years, or less. 

Wellness and Fitness Concentration 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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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