Academic Programs

Associate of Science Degree

Awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed 90 quarter credits of undergraduate college work. Undergraduate coursework must be completed in a curriculum accepted by the institution towards the degree. Completed courses must include 30 quarter credits of General Education, 30 quarter credits of Electives, and 30 quarter credits of Core courses. Core requirements are specific to major and cannot be satisfied by coursework taken at another institution. Of the total 90 quarter credits required, 30 must be completed as structured, undergraduate coursework through the ISSA College of Exercise Science, regardless of category.

Refer to page 51 of our CES Course catalog for more information on our Academic Programs:

Professional Certifications*

ISSA certifications are state approved and reviewed by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). They are designed to prepare students to work in the fitness industry. They are awarded to students who earn requisite scores in an undergraduate course or on all sections of the final exam for a self-paced course and provide current, valid CPR/AED documentation.

*ISSA's professional certifications are not eligible programs under Federal Student Aid regulations. Students pursuing a professional certification, rather than a degree, will not be able to receive Title IV funds.

Further information on our Professional Certifications can be found on our main website:


Alice Alvarado, MEd, MA, History

MEd Teaching and Learning History Cognate, Liberty University; MA History, American Military University; BA History, California State University, San Bernardino

Cameron Baker, BS, Master Trainer Personal Training

BS Kinesiology, Westmont College; Master Trainer, ISSA

Melinda Bilecki, MA, English

MA English, Baylor University; BA English, Rice University

Tamara Bohnett, MS, Biology

MS Health Sciences, San Francisco State University; BS Dental Hygiene, Carroll College

Mark Chua, BA, Elite Trainer Personal Training

BA Psychology, California Lutheran University; Elite Trainer, ISSA

Renee CroteauMS, Math

MS Plastics Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell; BS Aerospace Engineering-

Mathematics Minor, Syracuse University

Nicholas Duenez, BA Personal Training

BA Art, California State University, Northridge; AS Exercise Science, Master Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association

Sara Fleming, MS, Biology, Math, Personal Training

MS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University; BA Biological Sciences,

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Patrick Gamboa, MBA, BS, Master Trainer Personal Training

MBA, California Lutheran University; BS Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton;

Master Trainer, ISSA

Alex Hoffmann, MS, Personal Training

MS Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton; BA Exercise Science, Central College, Pella, IA

Belal Kaifi, POSTDOC, EdD, MBA Business, Professional Development 

POSTDOC Business Administration, University of Florida; EdD Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco; MBA, University of Phoenix; MPA, California State University, East Bay; BS Business Administration, San Jose State University

Lindsay Kent, BA, Master Trainer Personal Training

BA English Major, Communications Minor, University of West Georgia; AS Exercise Science,

Master Trainer, ISSA

Mariela Marin, MA Behavioral Science, Communications

MA Clinical Psychology, Antioch University; BA Psychology, University of Notre Dame;

BA Spanish, University of Notre Dame


Ruth McDonough, MEd Biology

MEd Education, emphasis in Technology in Education, Lesley University;

BS Biology, Gonzaga University

Anne Phillips, MEd Business, Communications, Personal and Professional Development

MEd Education, emphasis in Human Resources and Organizational Development University

of Georgia, Athens; BA Elementary Education, Carroll College; Designation-Senior professional

Human Resources (SPHR); Designation- Human Capital Strategist

David Robinson, MA, Math

MA Educational Technology, Fresno Pacific University; BS Math, Liberty University;

Library Media Teacher Credential, Fresno Pacific University

Bobby Rollins, MBA, Master Trainer, Personal Training

MBA Project Management, Grantham University; BS Business Administration, Grantham University;

AS Exercise Science, emphasis in Personal Training, International Sports Sciences Association

Ryan Smith, MBA Communications

MBA Sports Management, Lindenwood University; BS Exercise Science, Ottawa University