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Health Fitness Specialist

Transfer - Associate in Arts

Program Overview

Is a bachelor's degree in your future? Delta is a great place to start. You'll learn the fundamentals of health fitness in small classes with fantastic instructors. When it's time to move on, you'll be ready!

Health fitness specialists are often certified personal trainers, instructors and coaches who design and implement personalized exercise and fitness plans for individuals looking to improve their overall fitness levels and physical conditioning. You will learn to perform a battery of tests to measure your clients’ aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility and mobility and subsequently offer a personalized exercise regimen that will help clients improve their physical fitness levels.

You can earn your bachelor's degree in Health Fitness from Central Michigan University or an Allied Health Sciences bachelor's degree from Ferris State University.

Earning Potential

When you transfer on to get your bachelor's you'll gain additional skills and could increase your earning potential. Plus, job growth is expected to rise by 29% in the over the next 10 years.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $56,742 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Fitness & Wellness Coordinator
  • Sports Medicine
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer

About Delta's Program

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice to get your associate's and then transfer on!

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your health fitness studies with:

  • Central Michigan University - Health Fitness (Clinical, Health Fitness and Kinesiology)
  • Ferris State University - Allied Health Sciences

Interested? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your dreams. Courses transfer differently based on the university you plan to attend. An advisor can help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.

  • Fitness Class
    Transfer seamlessly 

    So you are thinking about transferring? Representatives from several area universities maintain regular office hours right in our academic advising office, and others drop in frequently. Get the answers you need by making an appointment or stopping by to talk directly with your future university.

    Visit the Transfer Center

Why you should choose Delta

Hands-on experience

During this two-year program, students will personal train clients for eight consecutive weeks, perform dietary and nutritional counseling, lead various forms of group exercise and administer fitness assessment tests to multiple individuals.

Students are required to complete a 300-hour internship at the end of the program.

National association recognition

Delta College is the only community college in the United States that is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Associations' Education Recognition Program.


Student club & service projects

Get additional experience and meet new people. The Health Fitness Specialist Student Club offers free group exercise classes to the community. Students also train clients and offer nutrition education for free to the public.


Facts & Figures


Our students have a pass rate of 100% when taking the National Strength and Conditioning - Certified Personal Trainer exam.


A 300 hour internship at the end of the program gives our students on the job experience within the health promotion field.

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