The Associate of Science in Exercise Science degree program grounds you in the fundamentals of personal training by exposing you to both the theories and practices of this dynamic field. The program features courses on trainer-relevant topics, including anatomy and physiology, assessment, program design, special populations, entrepreneurship, management, interpersonal relations, and communication.
Graduates with an AS in Exercise Science work as Master Trainers in health clubs and fitness centers, run their own training businesses, or pursue bachelor's or other advanced degrees in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Physical Education, Athletic Training, Nutritional Science, or Sports Management.
Sessions are 15 minutes or less and held online with one of our friendly enrollment advisors.
Our institution is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The College of Exercise Science has been a life-changing experience. I recommend it to all my co-workers, friends, and family members who have a passion for fitness and want to continue their educational journey.
My experience with the College of Exercise Science has been amazing. This journey has helped to build my brand more and more. Overall this is the best place to get the knowledge and help you need to get to the next level of training.
The College of Exercise Science gave me the practical knowledge I need both inside and outside of the gym. My education gave me the ability to earn my college degree, obtain multiple fitness certifications, and work in the industry all at the same time! The College of Exercise Science is the place to be for any future fitness professional.
Your coursework includes a minimum of 6 individual personal training certification* courses supported by industry-relevant general education and elective classes. After successfully completing the coursework for your first personal training course, you'll be qualified to begin training. As you progress in the degree program, your fitness qualifications grow, positioning you for pay raises and increased clientele.
*Certification is issued by ISSA LLC. ISSA LLC is a separate professional certifying organization and is not owned or operated by the ISSA College of Exercise Science.
The ISSA College of Exercise Science is a Title IV school, and our bachelor’s degree program, associate degree program, and Master Trainer certificate program are all eligible for federal student aid.
College of Exercise Science degree programs and Master Trainer certificate program are eligible for federal student aid.
Active duty military, military spouses, and veterans can use their TA, MyCAA, and GI Bill® benefits for program tuition. Program eligibility varies by benefit.
A good rule of thumb is 10-15 hours of study time per course, per week. Full-time students spend about 40 hours studying each week when taking a full course load.
The College of Exercise Science completes transfer credit evaluations free of charge. Once you complete your application, simply request that your past schools send your official transcripts to our Registrar. The application will provide information on what to request and where to have it sent, and an assigned admissions advisor will be standing by to assist you with any questions you have along the way.
No, there is no required credit minimum. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits per quarter, but many of our students work as well as attend school. Our program is flexible to meet your needs.
ISSA College of Exercise Science and ISSA LLC are two separate organizations. ISSA College of Exercise Science is an institution of higher learning and an education provider. ISSA LLC is a professional certifying organization. ISSA LLC is neither owned nor operated by the ISSA College of Exercise Science.
Upon successful completion of College of Exercise Science coursework and submission of Basic Adult CPR/AED/First Aid card, ISSA LLC awards, monitors, and renews professional certification.
Professional certification earned as part of ISSA College of Exercise Science curriculum and awarded by ISSA, LLC is not accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC accredits institutions, including its academic programs, and does not accredit certifications.
Upon successful completion of College of Exercise Science coursework and submission of Basic Adult CPR/AED/First Aid card, professional certification is awarded by ISSA LLC. ISSA, LLC is a separate professional certifying organization that awards, monitors, and renews professional certification. ISSA LLC is neither owned nor operated by the ISSA College of Exercise Science.
ISSA LLC verifies and awards professional certification approximately 6-8 weeks following the end of the course. ISSA LLC professional certification is valid for two years and is renewable according to ISSA LLC terms.
Designated as a Military Friendly School, the ISSA College of Exercise Science works hard to help both active duty service members and veterans achieve their education goals. Our programs are specifically designed to be flexible so you can easily manage your coursework during your service.
Typical students divide their studies into 9 quarters. For the most part, each quarter focuses on one certification course and a supporting gen ed or elective. You can accelerate your studies and complete the program in as few as 6 quarters (18 months) or progress at a slower pace to fit your schedule. For a full list of course descriptions, click here.
There is absolutely no commitment and no credit card required. The application is designed as an investment in you — to help you name what you truly want, evaluate all that you juggle, and design your future. Stop and start as needed. Your work is saved as you go. Once you submit your application, a dedicated advisor will be in touch to speak with you about next steps.