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
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.First Semester10-109-1733 credits10-109-2973 credits10-109-2993 creditsSecond Semester10-109-1593 credits10-109-1763 credits10-109-1273 credits10-104-1143 credits
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.
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- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023
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- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023
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- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024
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
Students must submit official transcripts for 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
- Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0
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.
Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.
Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Fitness and Wellness Specialist career.
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
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 10 6 18 Number of Surveys Sent 10 6 18 Number of Surveys Returned 7 3 12 Percent of Surveys Returned 70.00% 50.00% 66.70% Available for Employment 6 3 11 Percent Available for Employment 85.70% 100.00% 91.70% Not in Labor Market 1 0 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 14.30% 0.00% 8.30% Available for Employment
2019 2020 2021 Graduates Employed 6 3 11 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 4 2 6 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 66.70% 66.70% 54.50% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 5 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 33.30% 33.30% 45.50% 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
2019 2020 2021 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.3 3.8 Number of Satisfaction Responses 7 3 12 Very Satisfied (4) 4 1 10 Percent Very Satisfied 57.10% 33.30% 83.30% Satisfied (3) 3 2 2 Percent Satisfied 42.90% 66.70% 16.70% 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
2019 2020 2021 Number of Primary Reason Responses 7 3 12 Preparation for Getting a Job 3 1 0 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 42.90% 33.30% 0.00% Career Change 3 1 6 Percent Career Change 42.90% 33.30% 50.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 25.00% Preparation for Further Education 1 1 2 Percent Preparation for Further Education 14.30% 33.30% 16.70% Personal Interest 0 0 1 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 8.30% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2019 2020 2021 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 6 2 11 Before Enrollment 1 1 5 Percent Before Enrollment 16.70% 50.00% 45.50% While Attending the College 3 0 3 Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 0.00% 27.30% After Training at the College 2 1 3 Percent After Training at the College 33.30% 50.00% 27.30% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2019 2020 2021 Number of Employment Location Responses 6 3 11 In College District 5 3 11 Percent In College District 83.30% 100.00% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 16.70% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 5 Average Monthly Wage $4,128 $2,907 Average Hourly Wage $24.00 $16.90 Average Work Hours per Week 38.3 41.6 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1 Average Hourly Wage $15.00 $18.00 Average Work Hours per Week 16 30
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Anytime Fitness Personal Trainer Dept of Natural Resources Park & Recreation Specialist Baraboo Keva Sports Center Assistant Youth Sports Director Middleton Oakwood Village Fitness & Wellness Specialist Orange Shoe Personal Fitness Personal Trainer Sun Prairie YMCA Head Swim Coach
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