How to Choose a Fitness Studies Program
Earning a bachelor's degree in fitness studies is important for career advancement; however, certification still remains the most important aspect of finding employment in the fitness field. Prospective students should choose a school that prepares its graduates for industry certifications. One option is the Certified Personal Trainer credential offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Another is the Exercise Specialist credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
- Prospective students should select a curriculum that best meets their career needs; individuals who know they want to teach others should select a school that offers a physical education degree.
- Programs offered through a school's nursing department are a better selection for individuals who would like to work in medical rehabilitation centers or as health patient educators.
Top 10 Schools for Fitness Majors
|Arizona State University||4-year, Public|
|Ohio State University||4-year, Public|
|University of Florida||4-year, Public|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, Public|
|The University of Texas at Austin||4-year, Public|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, Public|
|University of Georgia||4-year, Public|
|The University of Tennessee||4-year, Public|
|University of Iowa||4-year, Public|
|West Virginia University||4-year, Public|