Lakewood University

Online & Traditional Personal Training

Program Description

This course is designed to supply essential education integrating exercise science curriculum and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through different training levels and phases. Students will be prepared for careers working at medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, YMCA’s/JCC’s, and private and commercial health clubs. In addition, the program prepares students for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer Certification examination.

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Program Outcomes
  • Explain the history of the profession of personal training.
  • Identify common characteristics of personal training clients.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of integrated exercise program design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of NASM’s OPT (Optimum Performance Training) Model.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to perform comprehensive health-related fitness assessments.
  • Obtain subjective and objective information about clients and use the information collected to design exercise programs.
  • Design exercise programs for any client and any phase of training.
  • Describe how to modify program design for clients with chronic health and physical or functional limitations.
  • Answer questions, handle issues and dispel myths regarding the relationship of macronutrients to the successful alteration of body composition.
  • Understand basic supplemental recommendations for optimizing health.
  • Understand the process of writing a fitness resume.
  • Understand and demonstrate basic marketing and sales techniques and skills.
Program Outline
What You Receive

Lakewood University provides everything you need for the Online & Traditional Personal Training Program. You will receive:

  • Comprehensive textbooks & study guides
  • Career search & time management guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Preparation for the certification examination
  • Instructor guidance and unlimited tutoring
  • Your own Student Success Coach!
  • Access to our online library!
  • Networking with Lakewood’s active student and alumni social community
Career Outlook

The employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries and as the middle-aged and the older population remains active. The effects of concussions are particularly severe and long-lasting for child athletes. Although concussions are dangerous at any age, children’s brains are still developing and risk permanent complications. Some states require public secondary schools to employ athletic trainers as part of their sports programs. Because athletic trainers are usually onsite with athletes and are often the first responders when injuries occur, the demand for trainers in schools should continue to increase.

Sophisticated treatments in injury prevention and detection are projected to increase the demand for athletic trainers. Growth in an increasingly active middle-aged and older population will likely lead to an increased incidence of athletic-related injuries, such as sprains. Sports programs at all ages and for all experience levels will continue to create demand for athletic trainers.

Insurance and workers’ compensation costs have become a concern for many employers and insurance companies, especially in areas where employees are often injured on the job. For example, military bases hire athletic trainers to help train and rehabilitate injured military personnel. These trainers also create programs aimed at keeping injury rates down. Depending on the state, some insurance companies recognize athletic trainers as healthcare providers and reimburse the cost of an athletic trainer’s services.

The median annual wage for fitness trainers and instructors was $45,380 in May 2022. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fitness Trainers and Instructors, at (visited September 06, 2023).

Program Cost
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Pay in full
Payment in full: $7,400.00
Tuition: $7,400.00

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams, and instructional support at no cost to the student.

This is a 600 clock hour program with a tuition cost of $12.33 per clock hour (600 clock hours X $12.33 per clock hour = $7400.00 in tuition).

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $0 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term