Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree

A split image; on the left there is a smiling woman offering an apple and on the right, there is a physical therapist guiding a client to fitness.
Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree (AOS) students training hands-on in the WellSpring fitness facilities

Become a Fitness & Nutrition Coach

Earn the Complete Range of Skills and an Associate Degree That Puts you Ahead of the Rest
Getting certified as a personal trainer is a good start, but that just isn’t enough anymore. Resistance training and cardio work simply can’t get the job done because nutrition and lifestyle factors make up as much as 70% of what it takes to achieve Optimal Wellness. What clients and clubs need is a more comprehensive approach from the get-go – one that incorporates all three components into a single integrated training regimen – fitness training, nutrition counseling and lifestyle coaching.

And that’s precisely what WellSpring’s “Total Fitness Coaching Model” is all about: training our students so they can provide a comprehensive, multi-dimensional program to their clients, and in so doing, produce a service that other trainers simply aren’t equipped to deliver.

Multidisciplinary wellness practitioners with training in nutrition, fitness training and overall wellness make a positive impact on their clients, as well as in their own lives, from injury and disease prevention to treatment, maintenance and sustainable lifestyle change.

And, be assured, trainer/coaches who graduate from WellSpring’s Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree (AOS) Program will be in high demand from top fitness centers across the country.

But be forewarned, this is no quickie online certification. This is serious training that requires dedicated effort and sacrifice, and it will position you as a leader in the field.

Become Qualified as a Fitness & Nutrition Coach

The Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree (AOS) provides hands-on training, practical experience and the dedicated industry support you will need to become a trusted ambassador in the health and fitness community.

This interactive program is led by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts and will enable you to become a well-rounded comprehensive wellness professional able to help others achieve their fitness, nutrition and wellness goals. Skills include:

    • Personal Training Foundations
    • Assessment and Programming
    • Special Wellness Populations & Advanced Techniques
    • Corrective Exercise & Special Populations
    • Nutrition & Coaching Fundamentals
    • Alternative Wellness Theories & Supplement Options
    • Nutrition, Disease & Analysis
    • Nutrition Through Life Cycle & Culture

As a student in this program you’ll gain extensive hands-on, clinical experience at the school and then be offered an externship with a leading fitness club in the area. You’ll work with real clients to help them create change. So when you enter the professional world you will have tons of confidence after having gained real-world experience and connections before you graduate. Some students are actually hired directly from their externship assignment.

Get Certified

Graduates of WellSpring’s Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree (AOS) Program earn an Associate of Occupational Science degree and are qualified to be titled as a Personal Trainer AND a Nutrition and Wellness Coach.

Upon completion, all graduates are fully prepared and eligible to sit for two national certification exams from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). After successfully passing these exams (which 85% of our students do the first time), the student would earn an Associate of Occupational Science Degree; would be designated a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach; a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).

Multiple Certifications = Increased Employment Potential

In today’s demanding job market, we know how important it is to equip our students with a broad range of complementary skills in order to prepare them for a variety of employment opportunities.

As a graduate of this program you’ll be prepared to compete for entry-level and mid-level positions in a wide variety of employment situations, including:

      • Health Clubs
      • Spas & Resorts
      • Private Training Studios
      • Wellness Centers
      • Medical Offices
      • Fitness Centers
      • Retirement Communities
      • Insurance Companies
      • Corporate Wellness Programs
      • Career Colleges
        And More!

Some graduates even choose to start their own private practices. You could be your own boss. Set your own schedule while you help others (and yourself) to build a healthy and more fulfilled future.

Convenient Daytime or Evening Classes

WellSpring’s class schedules are designed to fit the needs of busy adult learners. The Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree (AOS) Program is offered at our Kansas City, MO location, either during the day or in the evening, allowing you to balance your career training with family, work and other responsibilities.

Daytime Program: The Daytime program meets just 2 days a week from 8:30am to 5:30pm. This program can be completed in about a year and a half (17 months)*.

Evening Program: The Evening & Weekend program meets 2 evenings per week, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm and, on average, 1 weekend per month. This program can be completed in just under two years (22 months)*.

“I narrowed it down to 2 – 3 schools and it turned out, Wellspring was clearly the best choice. The length of the program, for one thing, and the instructors…..the school was more than I expected and the quality of the instructors was outstanding.”
– Brad Max, WellSpring Graduate

Get the Support You Need to Launch a Successful Career

At WellSpring, we know wellness training is about more than a certificate to hang on the wall – it’s about getting a career you love. We’re dedicated to supporting you throughout your career. Experienced Career Services professionals are happy to offer support and help you pursue employment opportunities.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Is a Rewarding Career as a Fitness & Nutrition Coach Right for You? Get More Info…

Discover whether a career as a certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Nutrition & Wellness Coach is the right path for you. Fill out the “I Want Answers” form on this page to receive more information. Or call 1-888-771-9380.

A helpful WellSpring Admissions Representative can answer all your questions, and assist you with everything from scheduling a visit, to meeting with financial aid.

Performance Information and Program Fees

* Program length when completed in normal time.

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