Physical Fitness Specialist
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This curriculum provides an excellent combination of exercise theory, practical knowledge, and hands-on experience. Students use a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment that is reflective of the current practice in the fitness industry. Hands-on learning experiences, coupled with assigned clients and 215 hours of fieldwork in a fitness facility, distinguish this major from all others.

Program Specs

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Physical Fitness Specialist instruction typically takes place in Bardo Gym, though the Fitness Center is available to compliment instruction.
Physical Fitness Specialist students use a wide variety of equipment that is reflective of the current practice in the fitness industry. One lab is dedicated to Selectorized Magnum machine weights.
Stability balls used in the Cardio Lab.

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

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The Physical Fitness Specialist major at Penn College is one of 12 associate degree programs in the United States officially recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for fitness trainers and aerobics instructors was $33,020 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,840.The top 10 percent earned more than $66,950.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries155,840$18.75$39,000
Civic and Social Organizations35,280$15.87$33,020
Local Government (OES Designation)10,830$16.41$34,140
Other Schools and Instruction9,500$18.80$39,110
Other Personal Services5,630$17.18$35,730

Statistics reported in May 2013

Special Admissions Requirements

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Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Students accepted into the Physical Fitness Specialist major will incur expenses for uniforms, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.

Physical Fitness Specialist Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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