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Fitness and Wellness Specialist
Program Number: 301094
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
25 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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  • Program Overview

    Madison College's Fitness and Wellness Specialist Technical Diploma courses cover personal training, group fitness, wellness coaching and will show you how to develop employer-sponsored wellness programs. You will learn basic nutrition principles and anatomy and physiology for exercise, body structure, and function.  

    To prepare you for the workforce, you will have an opportunity to write your resume, practice interviewing and learn networking. In addition, you will learn general fiscal management and become familiar with forecasting cost and income, budgeting, fundraising, and grant seeking.

    The Fitness and Wellness Specialist diploma contain two American Council on Exercise (ACE) prep courses.  After completion, you will be prepared to take the Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor certification exams.

    Program Details

    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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    Completion of the Fitness and Wellness Specialist Technical Diploma at Madison College will qualify you for employment as a:

    • Personal trainer
    • Fitness instructor
    • Activity director in a health club or recreation center
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 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.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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 or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Fitness and Wellness Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    1. Relate foundations of physical fitness, health and wellness to the stages of the human lifespan.
    2. Facilitate physical activity to meet the needs of a variety of populations.
    3. Adhere to safety rules and regulations governing the fitness industry.
    4. Integrate leadership techniques to enhance fitness experiences for individuals and groups.
    5. Align fitness business procedures to management, marketing, and finance goals.
    • Graduate Summary

      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 70.0% 50.0% 66.7%
      Available for Employment 6 3 11
      Percent Available for Employment 85.7% 100.0% 91.7%
      Not in Labor Market 1 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 14.3% 0.0% 8.3%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 6 3 11
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 4 2 6
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 66.7% 66.7% 54.5%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 5
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 33.3% 33.3% 45.5%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      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 57.1% 33.3% 83.3%
      Satisfied (3) 3 2 2
      Percent Satisfied 42.9% 66.7% 16.7%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      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 42.9% 33.3% 0.0%
      Career Change 3 1 6
      Percent Career Change 42.9% 33.3% 50.0%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 3
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 0.0% 25.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 1 2
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 14.3% 33.3% 16.7%
      Personal Interest 0 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 8.3%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 6 2 11
      Before Enrollment 1 1 5
      Percent Before Enrollment 16.7% 50.0% 45.5%
      While Attending the College 3 0 3
      Percent While Attending the College 50.0% 0.0% 27.3%
      After Training at the College 2 1 3
      Percent After Training at the College 33.3% 50.0% 27.3%
      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 83.3% 100.0% 100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 16.7% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      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 16.0 30.0
    • Graduate Employers

      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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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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