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Turn your passion into a career. The online undergraduate certificate 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 certificate combines fitness/exercise curriculum with business courses and gives students a jumpstart on a BS in fitness programming and management or other related degree.
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®).
Official nameUndergraduate certificate in fitness programming and management
CampusUniversity of Missouri
Program typeUndergraduate certificate
Academic homeSchool of Health Professions | Department of Physical Therapy
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
*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.
- Online fitness instructor
- Certified personal trainer
- Group exercise instructor
- Fitness consultant
The online undergraduate certificate in fitness programming and management is 100% online: no campus visits required.
Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes per semester and finish the program in one year.
Course work includes
- Introduction to exercise and fitness
- Activity through the lifespan
- Microeconomics and macroeconomics
Typical program length1 years
Typical course load2 classes per semester
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
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.
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.