Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Through Barton’s Fitness Management program, you’ll receive a science-based education in the areas of strength, conditioning, and fitness. Then, through extensive hands-on opportunities, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and master the skills necessary to become a qualified strength and conditioning specialist in athletic programs, exercise/fitness centers, corporate fitness programs, wellness programs, and allied health areas.

Special Features

Our program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the official certifying body for programs that prepare students for careers in strength and conditioning.

Coursework is designed to prepare you for the NSCA’s certification exam.

The faculty in Barton’s Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies brings extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of health, fitness, and sport studies; and our faculty includes NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialists.

Course Information

As a fitness management major, you’ll take coursework in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies as well as in a variety of disciplines (such as nursing, biology, and psychology) based on your interests.

Suggested courses include:

  • Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Sport Studies
  • Early Field Experience
  • Training Concepts
  • Psychological and Sociological Bases of Sport
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Sport Programs
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Field Experience in Sport Studies
  • Internship in Sport Management
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • First Aid/CPR/Athletic Injuries
  • Healthful Living
  • Issues in Women’s Health
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care


All majors must have an internship to complete the degree. Our students have found placements at a variety of fitness facilities and institutions, which include:

  • Barton College Kennedy Recreation and Intramural Center
  • Cooper Institute
  • Curves
  • Fit-4-Life
  • Inlet Fitness
  • North Carolina State University Athletics Department
  • Regency Athletic Club
  • Sports Center of Morehead City
  • The Little Gym (Asheville)
  • Velocity Sports Performance
  • Wilson YMCA
  • World Gym

Career Opportunities

A degree in fitness management prepares you for a host of career fields, such as:

  • Corporate Fitness
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Fitness Club Ownership and Management
  • Health and Lifestyle Management
  • Nutrition and Performance Counseling
  • Product and Equipment Sales
  • Professional Sports

Our graduates have gone on to careers in the health/fitness field; enrolled in graduate programs in exercise science, exercise physiology, and kinesiology; and are studying overseas.