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Fitness, Recreation, and Wellness Management
Program Number: 101094
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Are you interested in a career in Fitness, Recreation, or Wellness? We at Madison College have certification courses, a technical diploma, and an associate degree to help you gain the skills to be successful in our industry and find your dream job!

    The Fitness, Recreation and Wellness Management Associate Degree program at Madison College develops your skills, as they apply to the fitness recreation and wellness industry, in:

    • Client-centered Coaching 
    • Marketing 
    • Leadership
    • Programming and Industry Event Planning
    • Problem-solving
    • Communication
    • Equity & Inclusion
    • Management

    Looking to improve the health and wellbeing of yourself, your community, and your world? Students enrolled in this program also receive business development skills to be change-makers within our industry. Business-specific skills include efficient and effective marketing, facility development, budgeting, and trends and topics to jump-start your next idea. This program works closely with the Entrepreneurship Center at Madison College to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset for success.

    The design of Madison College's Fitness, Recreation, & Wellness Management program allows you to work within for-profit gyms and studios, public municipal recreation departments, nonprofit organizations, or small businesses. During the program, students will have the opportunity to gain 5 Nationally recognized industry certifications including Personal Training, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coaching, Health Coaching, Group Fitness Instructor, Challenge Course Facilitator, and First Aid/AED Certified.

    Looking to transfer to a 4 year college? Many of our University partners accept transfer credits from our Fitness, Recreation, & Wellness Management program. Schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your transfer credit options to UW-La Crosse, UW-Whitewater, and Carroll University. 

    Program Details

    Fitness, Recreation, & Wellness Management classes are offered at the Madison College Traux campus.


    Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College's Fitness, Recreation, & Wellness Management graduates top candidates. After completing the Fitness, Recreation, & Wellness Management program at Madison College, you will be able to search for employment in the following areas: 

    • Personal Training 
    • Group Fitness
    • Health Coaching
    • Nutrition Coach 
    • Fitness Business Owner 
    • Sports Performance Coach
    • Youth Sports Director 
    • Recreation Specialist/Coordinator
    • Sports Coach 
    • Outdoor Trips Facilitator 
    • Instruction and Inclusive Programming 
    • Experiential Outdoor Education 
    • Collegiate Recreation and Instruction 
    • Industry Sales 
    • Fitness Equipment Training & Sales
    • Master Fitness Trainer 
    • Active Aging Fitness Coordinator 
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    Second Semester
    Third Semester
    Choose one of the following:
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2025

    Summer 2025

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2025

    Fall 2025

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2025

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    Students must complete the 48 credits of general education requirements required by UW LaCrosse. Transfer courses must be completed with a C or better. Work closely with your Madison College program advisor to ensure courses are eligible to transfer.
    The terms of the B.S in Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who complete selective A.A.S degrees and are admitted to the Human Services Leadership at UW-Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    The terms of the B.S in Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete selective A.A.S or A.A.A. degrees and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis at UW-Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Students who complete the Recreation Management program will be credited for all work completed. Only courses passed with a grade of a C or better will be considered for transfer.
    Students witn an AA, AS or AAS are Advanced Core. Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 60 credits. Students transferring prior to completion or with less than 60 credits are standard core and credits are evaluated course by course.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Completion of an A.A.S. Degree at Madison College after 2015, and meeting admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a B.B.A degree in Technical Sales at MSOE.
    Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of Madison College graduates with an AA, AS, or AAS. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer up to 94 additional credits toward their baccalaureate degree.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Fitness, Recreation, & Wellness Management program at Madison College, you will be able to:

    • Relate foundations of play, recreation and leisure to stages of the human lifespan.
    • Facilitate recreational activities to meet the needs of a variety of populations.
    • Adhere to safety rules and regulations governing parks, recreation and fitness.
    • Integrate leadership techniques to enhance recreational experiences for individuals and groups.
    • Align recreational procedures to management, marketing and finance goals.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates7
      Number of Surveys Sent7
      Number of Surveys Returned7
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment7
      Percent Available for Employment100.0%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed7
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation6
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation85.7%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation14.3%
      Employed - No Response0
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%
      Seeking Employment0
      Percent Seeking Employment0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses7
      Very Satisfied (4)4
      Percent Very Satisfied57.1%
      Satisfied (3)2
      Percent Satisfied28.6%
      Unsatisfied (2)1
      Percent Unsatisfied14.3%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses7
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses7
      Before Enrollment0
      Percent Before Enrollment0.0%
      While Attending the College3
      Percent While Attending the College42.9%
      After Training at the College4
      Percent After Training at the College57.1%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses7
      In College District7
      Percent In College District100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District0
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown0
      Percent Location Unknown0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend2023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count1
      Average Monthly Wage$3,440
      Average Hourly Wage$20.00
      Average Work Hours per Week40.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count4
      Average Hourly Wage$17.75
      Average Work Hours per Week29.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Anytime FitnessIndependent Contractor/Group Fitness Coach
      Keva Sports CenterLeague ManagerMiddleton
      Orange Shoe Personal FitnessPersonal Trainer
      YMCAFitness Attendant/Gym CoachSun Prairie
      YMCAFitness Center AttendantSun Prairie

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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