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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

Interested in a career in health and fitness? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators or fitness instructors.

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Diagnose, treat and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training and physical activities.

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are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

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Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

Visit Career Coach for more details.

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Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses and maintain peak physical fitness. May also provide first aid or emergency care.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

Visit Career Coach for more details.

Map of Michigan with Delta College's region highlighted.

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.

VISIT THE NCSA

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.

JOIN THE CLUB

Facts & Figures

100%

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

Stethescope

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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Delta College offers over 150 degree, certificate and training options. Continue exploring and advancing your education with these related programs: