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Fitness With certificates and several levels of degrees available from a number of educational programs you can train for an exciting career in the field of fitness. Accredited programs are available for students who choose to specialize in areas such as exercise science, sports medicine, physical education, physiology, and more. You can train to become a fitness trainer, sports medicine professional, personal trainer, athletic trainer, and many other fitness related specialists. Courses in fitness may include anatomy, nutrition, exercise, physiology, first aid and CPR, terminology, yoga, injury prevention, and many other relevant studies depending on the specific focus.


Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers educate and assist a variety of athletes in the prevention and rehabilitation of physical injuries while working with health care professionals. Coursework may include anatomy, nutrition, physiology, CPR, medical terminology, first aid, and other related courses. The National Athletic Trainer's Association provides membership to certified athletic trainers, and with an accredited education you can receive a certificate or bachelors, masters, or doctorates degree. As a professional athletic trainer you can find employment with sports medicine clinics, colleges, high schools, professional athletic teams, and more.

Fitness Trainer

There are a number of accredited vocational schools that offer the education necessary to become a professional fitness trainer. Fitness trainers work in hospitals, health clubs, resorts, fitness centers, schools, and many other businesses instructing and leading exercise activities. Students can obtain specialized certification or a degree ranging from an associates or bachelors and up. Courses of study may consist of exercise techniques, yoga, teaching methodology, philosophy, anatomy, and other necessary skills.

Personal Trainer

Degree and certificate programs from accredited educational facilities are available for those looking to obtain a career as a professional personal trainer. Students can study subjects like sports nutrition, personal health, injury prevention, stress management, anatomy, and much more. With a certificate or degree from a vocational school you can train to work in a public gym, fitness center, health club, resort, or other facility working as a head trainer, exercise coordinator, independent business owner, or group exercise director.

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine involves the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of exercise and sports related injuries. With accredited programs available from a variety of schools and colleges you can specialize in kinesiology, athletic training, exercise philosophy, massage therapy, psychology, or sports nutrition. With certificates and degrees available at several levels you can study nutrition, chiropractic applications, orthopedic radiology, musculoskeletal injuries, physiotherapeutic techniques, cardiac rehabilitative therapy and much more. With an education in sports medicine you can become an assistant athletic trainer, exercise specialist, head athletic trainer, licensed physical therapist, or personal trainer.


There are a variety of agencies that are approved to provide full accreditation to educational programs, and it is important to ensure that the program you choose carries full accreditation. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is one of the agencies that can provide you with the proof that you will receive the quality education you desire.


From the menu above select a program of interest to learn more about a career in fitness. Contact several educational programs and request more information regarding the certificate or degree of your choice.

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