Madison College's Fitness and Wellness Specialist Technical Diploma assists students in learning basic nutrition principles, anatomy and physiology for exercise, body structure, and function to help build a foundation for Nationally recognized certification programs through American Council on Exercise and Precision Nutrition. Content from this program also covers career exploration, First Aid/AED training needed for certification exams, practical experience, and networking.
Certification prep courses cover personal training, health coaching, and group fitness. With this degree, you will also have the opportunity to gain your Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coaching certification. The program faculty facilitate professional networking and community engagement to get you in the industry and employed in record time.
In your final semester, you will work with clients alongside faculty to gain industry-specific experience. You will also learn the technology trends used to enhance coaching such as online training, podcasting, social media marketing, sponsorships, selling principles, and business communication.
Students in the Fitness and Wellness Specialist program attend part-time.
Fitness and Wellness Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
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After completing the Fitness & Wellness specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to seek employment in the following areas:
- Fitness & Wellness Specialist
- Personal Training
- Group Fitness
- Health Coaching
- Nutrition Coach
- Fitness, Recreation, & Wellness Business Owner
- Sports Performance Coach
- Youth Sports Coach
Interested in an associate degree in Fitness, Wellness & Recreation?
Did you know almost all your credits from the Fitness and Wellness Specialist program will transfer to our 2-year program? Stick around for a few more semesters to gain skills in leadership, marketing, programming, event planning, facility design and operation, and much more!
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 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
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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.
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- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024
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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.
- 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
After completing the Fitness and Wellness Specialist program at Madison College, you will be able to:
- Relate foundations of physical fitness, health and wellness to the stages of the human lifespan.
- Facilitate physical activity to meet the needs of a variety of populations.
- Adhere to safety rules and regulations governing the fitness industry.
- Integrate leadership techniques to enhance fitness experiences for individuals and groups.
- Align fitness business procedures to management, marketing, and finance goals.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 6 18 12 Number of Surveys Sent 6 18 11 Number of Surveys Returned 3 12 10 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 3 11 8 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 91.70% 88.90% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 8.30% 22.20% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 3 11 8 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 2 6 6 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 66.70% 54.50% 75.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 5 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 33.30% 45.50% 25.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.8 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 3 12 9 Very Satisfied (4) 1 10 5 Percent Very Satisfied 33.30% 83.30% 55.60% Satisfied (3) 2 2 4 Percent Satisfied 66.70% 16.70% 44.40% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 3 12 10 Preparation for Getting a Job 1 0 6 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 0.00% 60.00% Career Change 1 6 0 Percent Career Change 33.30% 50.00% 0.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 3 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 25.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 1 2 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 33.30% 16.70% 10.00% Personal Interest 0 1 2 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 8.30% 20.00% Other 0 0 1 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 10.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 11 8 Before Enrollment 1 5 1 Percent Before Enrollment 50.00% 45.50% 12.50% While Attending the College 0 3 1 Percent While Attending the College 0.00% 27.30% 12.50% After Training at the College 1 3 6 Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 27.30% 75.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 3 11 5 In College District 3 11 4 Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00% 80.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 20.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 2 Average Monthly Wage $2,907 $3,632 Average Hourly Wage $16.90 $21.12 Average Work Hours per Week 41.6 47.5 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 3 Average Hourly Wage $18.00 $25.67 Average Work Hours per Week 30 12.3
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Be Fitness Personal Trainer Delafield D1 Training Madison West Fitness Coach Elite Sports Personal Trainer Brookfield Esporta Fitness Personal Training Director St Petersburg FL UW - Madison EMT Instructor
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Fitness and Wellness Specialist
Program Number: 301094
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
24 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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