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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure - 2019

  • This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.
  • This program will cost $3,087.01 if completed within normal time.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A of debt.
  • Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: Wisconsin

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

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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 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


3 credits

Second Semester


3 credits


3 credits


3 credits


1 credits


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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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 1 5
    Number of Surveys Sent 1 5
    Number of Surveys Returned 1 4
    Percent of Surveys Returned 100.00% 80.00%
    Available for Employment 1 4
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 1 4
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 0 2
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 0.00% 50.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 100.00% 50.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3.8 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 1 4
    Very Satisfied 0 3
    Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 75.00%
    Satisfied 1 1
    Percent Satisfied 100.00% 25.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 1 4
    Preparation for Getting a Job 0 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.00% 50.00%
    Career Change 0 1
    Percent Career Change 0.00% 25.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 100.00% 25.00%
    Personal Interest 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 1 3
    Before Enrollment 1 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 100.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 0 0
    Percent While Attending the College 0.00% 0.00%
    After Training at the College 0 3
    Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 100.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 1 4
    In College District 1 4
    Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1
    Average Monthly Wage $860
    Average Hourly Wage $5.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
    Average Hourly Wage $19.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 20
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
    Number of Part Time Positions Open
    Total Jobs
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Club Pilates Sales Associate/Group Fitness Instructor Sun Prairie
    Zefit Personal Trainer Prairie Du Sac

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