School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Fitness and Wellness Specialist

Less Than One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 301094


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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

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To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

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 the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.

First Semester

Second Semester


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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