Multidisciplinary Studies: Fitness Management
Bachelor of Science
This interdisciplinary degree provides you with a solid foundation in business and in the fitness industry. This includes management operations, physical assessment planning, nutritional advising, recreation, private club administration, travel and sporting activities, community programming, group fitness coordination and more.
The fast-paced, vibrant fitness industry has a global focus on “fitness for health.” Our program provides a wide range of learning experiences that take place inside and outside the classroom, including a required practicum course in a real-world setting.
With a curriculum designed to be both practical and insightful, you’ll acquire valuable skills that prepare you for careers in multiple fitness and recreation sectors. A foundation of health and hospitality business knowledge is coupled with practical learning about how to organize, supervise and manage employees.
You can currently complete this program at PNW’s Hammond campus.
Build a foundation with first-year seminar and introduction to business courses.
- FN 20300 – Foods Selection and Preparation
- HTM 10000 – Introduction to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
- HTM 23100 – Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
Get down to business with courses that explore management and leadership.
- FM 30100 – Recreation Leadership
- HTM 21200 – Organization and Management in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
Expand your knowledge of health sciences as well as accounting and other business topics.
- FM 26800 – Physiology of Exercise
- FM 30000 – Practicum in Health, Fitness and Nutrition
- FM 30200 – Anatomy and Kinesiology
Level up your expertise with advanced fitness-focused classes and hospitality-centered business courses.
- FM 31400 – Beginning Concepts of Group Exercise
- FM 41000 – Evaluation, Testing and Assessment Of Exercise
- FM 47400 – Physiology of Exercise II
As a student in this program, you’ll have access to a functional teaching restaurant and fitness center that provide hands-on, practical contexts for your coursework.
Upon completion of this program, you’ll be ready to help clients meet their wellness goals and help fitness-focused businesses manage their facilities. Our world-class combination of client-focused health and fitness training, coupled with business management education, provides the skills you need for success in this thriving industry.
Funding opportunities available to students include:
Beyond the Classroom
You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in on- and off-campus activities, such as the Hospitality and Tourism Management Club.
This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the field, including:
- Fitness trainer
- Wellness advisor
- Health club manager
Graduates of this program are employed in organizations and companies like:
- Community Healthcare System
- Purdue University Northwest
Hospitality and Tourism Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).
As a proud graduate of the the Fitness Management program, PNW has shaped my professional career as a fitness center manager by providing a quality education and hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities!
Meet the Faculty
Visiting Clinical Instructor
Michele Lefebvre is a registered dietitian teaching essentials of nutrition. Her background and focus has been nutrition as it relates to food. In class, she combines scientific concepts of nutrition with food.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management