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B.A. in Fitness Management (3+1)

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Program Information

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The 3+1 B.A. in Fitness Management degree provides graduates the required knowledge and skills needed to assess medical histories and fitness testing to determine individuals’ health related fitness needs, help individuals design and implement exercise programs, help create nutritional and lifestyle plans to improve health, and monitor progress. In addition, it will enhance graduates’ ability to communicate effectively with clients and participants in a variety of fitness related settings, and to demonstrate leadership in both program and facility design and development.

This major will provide students interested in careers in the fitness industry a low-cost bachelor’s degree option through collaboration between Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) and Rowan University. During the first three years of the degree program, students will complete courses at RCSJ and will finish their final year at Rowan University. Students will be charged the RCSJ tuition rate for the initial three years and Rowan University tuition rate for the final year. This unique 3 + 1 educational program will provide an accessible, high-quality educational experience that will prepare students for careers in the fitness industry at a significant cost reduction compared to traditional 4-year programs.

Careers include: Managing and directing commercial and community based fitness facilities; Strength and Conditioning Specialists; and Owning/Developing private fitness facilities. Students are prepared for national professional certifications that are required in the industry.

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The B.A. in Fitness Management is a full-time program offered at our Rowan College of South Jersey campus and our Glassboro, NJ campus. Enrolling into this program would require completing coursework at both our Rowan College of South Jersey and Glassboro campuses. It requires the completion of 120 semester hours.

  • 120 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Students must have been accepted into the 3 + 1 program and complete all coursework for the BA in Fitness Management and the program requirements of the 120 credits for this major with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. These requirements include no courses with a grade below a D- and no incomplete grades.
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 44 S.H.

HPE 136



HPE 245

Motor Development and Motor Learning


HPE 233

Safety First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention


HPE 270

Essentials in Personal Training


HPE 265

Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription


HPE 300



PSY 300

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology


HPE 170

Stress Management


HPE 305

Exercise Physiology with Laboratory


CEP 211

Internship Career Connection


HPE 238

Principles of Coaching


HPW 00360

Facilities and Program Management in Wellness


HPW 00350 Health Behavior Theory and Counseling 3
HES 00401 Exercise Prescription 3
HES 00348 Human Disease and Epidemiology 3
Elective Courses: 36 S.H.
MAT Mathematics Elective 3
  Artistic Elective 3
PSY 308 Social Psychology of Sport 3
BUS Business Elective 3
ATR 00477 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity 3
HES 00372 Evidenced Based Approach to Applied Sport Psychology and Exercise 3
  Free Electives 18

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Associate's Degree or an equivalent number of transferable college credits
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
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