Program Information

Program Not Offered in Spring 2021

This program will not be offered in January 2021. We encourage you to consider one of our other concentrations:


Cost Per Credit Hour: $475 (beginning fall 2020)
Technology Fee: $16 (per credit hour)
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Why Pursue a Fitness and Health Promotion Graduate Certificate from Concordia University-Chicago?

As the general public is increasingly focusing on health and fitness, the Fitness and Health Promotion certificate program will prepare you to help people achieve their goals by providing you with the knowledge and practical skills to develop and implement personal fitness training programs. This 12 credit hour certificate will prepare students to pursue the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification. Gainful employment information can be found here.

Program Features

  • Courses are offered 100% online, no campus visit required
  • The program is 12 credit hours – comprised of 4 – 5, 8 week courses
  • Program begins three times annually: fall, spring, summer
  • Affordable tuition is guaranteed throughout the entire program*
  • Small cohort/class sizes, with 12 to 20 students per class
  • Regionally accredited institution qualified to offer federal financial aid to students
  • $475 per credit hour.  Beginning Fall, 2020.
Course Number Course Credits
AES 6400
Principles of Fitness and Health Promotion
Examines a systematic approach to personal training using the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. The course provides an overview of evidence-based principles of fitness assessment, program design, balance, flexibility, strength, stabilization, and power. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
AES 6420
Program Design in Fitness and Health Promotion
Explores program design principles for fitness and health promotion, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Prerequisite: Principles of Fitness and Health Promotions or consent of instructor
AES 6440
Practicum: Fitness and Health Promotion
Planning and implementation of a fitness or health promotion program through a case study with a member of their community. Prerequisite: Program Design in Fitness and Health Promotion or permission of instructor
AES 6460
Business Development and Entrepreneurship in Fitness and Health
Interfaces between human resource management, operations, marketing, and entrepreneurship within the context of entrepreneurial, for-profit and nonprofit fitness and health promotion ventures. Prerequisite: Practicum: Fitness and Health Promotion or consent of instructor.

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • I love the curriculum and the ability to take one course at a time, along with the flexible payments that works with my salary. This degree will prepare me to work with other professors or medical doctors in the Exercise Science field to explore further research.

    Nicholas Mortensen PhD Health and Human Performance
  • I wanted to get a PhD to pursue a tenured-track position and perform research. The online courses have been highly engaging and have provided an outstanding learning experience preparing me to contribute as a scholar in my field of study.

    Jason Menoutis PhD Health and Human Performance
  • My favorite class was research methods and design. The instructor’s feedback was extremely helpful and what I learned in this class will be applicable throughout the rest of my career. I also enjoyed my sports nutrition course because it was challenging and put me out of my comfort zone.

    Cynthia Miranda MS Applied Exercise Science - Human Movement Science
  • The online format allows for me to continue expanding my business and professional goals while still pursuing a Master’s degree. I was initially worried as I had not previously had much experience with online coursework, but the format allows for structured, discussion based learning amongst peers.

    Ryan Richmond MS Applied Exercise Science - Sports Nutrition

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