Fitness and Wellness Specialist

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 301094

Credits: 23

Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $3,290.90
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 as well as 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 contains 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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To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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


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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates5106
    Number of Surveys Sent5106
    Number of Surveys Returned473
    Percent of Surveys Returned80.0%70.0%50.0%
    Available for Employment463
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%85.7%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market010
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%14.3%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed463
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation242
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation50.0%66.7%66.7%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation221
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation50.0%33.3%33.3%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment000
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses473
    Very Satisfied (4)341
    Percent Very Satisfied75.0%57.1%33.3%
    Satisfied (3)132
    Percent Satisfied25.0%42.9%66.7%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses473
    Preparation for Getting a Job231
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.0%42.9%33.3%
    Career Change131
    Percent Career Change25.0%42.9%33.3%
    Improvement of Existing Skills000
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education111
    Percent Preparation for Further Education25.0%14.3%33.3%
    Personal Interest000
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses362
    Before Enrollment011
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%16.7%50.0%
    While Attending the College030
    Percent While Attending the College0.0%50.0%0.0%
    After Training at the College321
    Percent After Training at the College100.0%33.3%50.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses463
    In College District453
    Percent In College District100.0%83.3%100.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District000
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin010
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%16.7%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count12
    Average Monthly Wage$860$4,128
    Average Hourly Wage$5.00$24.00
    Average Work Hours per Week40.038.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
    Average Hourly Wage$19.00$15.00
    Average Work Hours per Week20.016.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Annie Forest Coaching and Studios Coach
    City of Sun Prairie Recreation Program Specialist Sun Prairie
    Oakwood Village Life Enrichment Specialist
    Princeton Club Personal Trainer

    * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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