Fitness programming and management

Bachelor of science University of Missouri
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Overview

Turn your passion into a career. The online bachelor’s in fitness programming and management is a unique program that focuses on learning practical, hands-on skills related to health, wellness, fitness and how to work with different populations.

The program contains business course work as part of the degree, providing students the problem-solving skills and industry knowledge that most fitness professionals lack. These additional skills can help graduates stand out from the competition when job searching or starting their own business.

This program prepares students to take a national certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT), Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM-GEI), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) or Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitators® (TSAC-F®). 

Not ready to dive into a bachelor's program? We offer an online undergraduate certificate in fitness programming and management.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of science in fitness programming and management

Campus

University of Missouri

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

School of Health Professions | Department of Physical Therapy

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

120

Estimated cost

$48,808.80

Transfer credit hours

57

Transfer estimated cost

$23,634.00

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Job titles graduates of this program can expect to achieve:

  • Online fitness instructor
  • Certified personal trainer
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Certified strength and conditioning coach
  • Fitness and wellness coordinator
  • Recreational sports director
  • Gym owner
  • Fitness center manager
  • Health coach
  • Corporate wellness director
  • Fitness sales director
  • Fitness consultant
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
7.29%
employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$47,000
median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. How long it takes you to complete your degree depends on how many credit hours you currently have and how many courses you take per semester.

Course work includes

  • Human nutrition
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Diet therapy for health professionals
  • Nutrition and activity throughout the lifespan
  • Corporate, community and personal fitness
  • Kinesiology
  • Sports performance and conditioning
  • Eating to win

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

Varies

Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Steve Ball

Dr. Steve Ball is the Director of the Fitness Programming and Management program and teaches NEP 1340, Exercise and Fitness. He has won many awards at MU, including the prestigious Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Online Course Design.

Fun Fact: Dr. Ball went to MU for undergrad and was the 1994 Captain of the MU Baseball Team.

Steve Ball, PhD
State Specialist & Extension Professor
Dan Smith

Professor Dan Smith is a Mizzou alum and key player in the Exercise/Fitness side of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. He teaches Exercise Careers and Activity throughout the Lifespan. He is an accomplished Exercise Physiologist, and has held leadership roles in Missouri and Kansas Assoc. of CardioVascular and Pulmonary Rehab.

Fun fact: Dan is an Eagle Scout and has remained active in the organization.

Dan Smith, MS, RCEP
Associate Teaching Professor and Career Adviser

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Physical Therapy