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Lionel University is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Bachelor’s degree graduates will be able to:

  • 01 Develop safe and effective exercise programming which addresses all health and fitness-related variables
  • 02 Demonstrate an understanding of scientific and theoretical foundations for the delivery of an effective health and wellness program
  • 03 Synthesize, analyze, and interpret information for critical problem-solving in human performance-based contexts
  • 04 Demonstrate effective management of fiscal, physical, and human resources for health and fitness facilities
  • 05 Demonstrate an understanding of current ethical concerns in the profession, leading to successful employment or further schooling

Learn what it’s like to be a student at Lionel University.

Curious what a day in the life of a Lionel student looks like? Visit our Student Experience page to learn all the important details about our distance education curriculum.

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Earn fitness certifications as you progress.

Your coursework includes 11 individual personal training certification* courses supported by industry-relevant general education and elective classes. Depending on your degree plan, you could qualify for your first personal training certification within the first 10 weeks. As you progress in the degree program, your fitness qualifications grow, positioning you for pay raises and increased clientele.*Certification is issued by ISSA LLC. ISSA LLC is a separate professional certifying organization and is not owned or operated by Lionel University.

Certified Fitness Trainer
Certified Fitness Trainer
Specialist In Fitness Nutrition
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
Transformation Specialist
Transformation Specialist
Bodybuilding Specialist
Bodybuilding Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Specialist In Exercise Therapy
Specialist in Exercise Therapy
Specialist In Group Fitness
Specialist in Group Fitness
Specialist In Strength And Conditioning
Specialist in Strength and Conditioning
Specialist In Senior Fitness
Specialist in Senior Fitness
Youth Fitness Trainer
Youth Fitness Trainer

FAQs

How do I apply?

There is no cost to apply, and no test scores are required for admission.

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Is Lionel accredited?

Yes! Our institution is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Will I have support during my education?

Each student is assigned a program advisor who is available to answer questions, provide support, and guide your progress through the program. Instructors engage from day one, hold regular office hours via the online classroom, and provide individual in-depth feedback.

What types of financial aid do you accept?

Lionel University degree programs and Master Trainer Certificate programs are eligible for federal student aid.

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Active duty military, military spouses, and veterans can use their TA, MyCAA, and GI Bill® benefits for program tuition. Program eligibility varies by benefit.

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When do your courses start?

Lionel empowers you to complete your education on your timeline, which is why we have classes starting almost every month.

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How many hours of study time should I expect each week?

A good rule of thumb is 10-15 hours of study time per course, per week. Full-time students spend about 40 hours studying each week when taking a full course load.

Do I need to pay for textbooks?

No! A digital version of the textbook is embedded in each course at no additional cost. Unrestricted access is available seven days prior to the start of class and throughout the quarter.

Do I have to take a minimum number of credits each quarter?

No, there is no required credit minimum. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits per quarter, but many of our students work as well as attend school. Our program is flexible to meet your needs.

How do I transfer my prior college credits?

Lionel University completes transfer credit evaluations free of charge. Once you complete your application, simply request that your past schools send your official transcripts to our Registrar. The application will provide information on what to request and where to have it sent, and an assigned admissions advisor will be standing by to assist you with any questions you have along the way.

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How does certification work?

Upon successful completion of Lionel University certification coursework and submission of Basic Adult CPR/AED/First Aid card, professional certification is awarded by ISSA LLC. ISSA, LLC is a separate professional certifying organization that awards, monitors, and renews professional certification. ISSA LLC is neither owned nor operated by Lionel University. ISSA LLC verifies and awards professional certification approximately 6-8 weeks following the end of the course. ISSA LLC professional certification is valid for two years and is renewable according to ISSA LLC terms.


Program curriculum

Coursework is broken down into 18 quarters. Each quarter typically consists of two classes and a fitness certification course or externship. A total of 180 credits is needed to graduate, and a maximum of 18 credits can be taken each quarter.

If you would like to read the full list of course descriptions, click here.

QTR 1

PTR251

Certified Fitness Trainer

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

PD102

Personal Development

(2 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

HIT135

Medical Terminology

(3 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 2

PTR259

Specialist in Fitness Nutrition

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

BIO105

Anatomy and Physiology

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

QTR 3

PTR255

Specialist in Strength and Conditioning

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

ENG110

English Composition

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

QTR 4

PTR257

Specialist in Group Fitness

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

MATH102

College Math

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

QTR 5

PTR258

Corrective Exercise Specialist

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

PSY102

General Psychology

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

QTR 6

PTR254

Youth Fitness Trainer

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

SOC101

Intro to Sociology

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

QTR 7

PTR253

Specialist in Exercise Therapy

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

PTR256

Specialist in Senior Fitness

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

QTR 8

SESSION A

COMM102

Effective Communication

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

HIST102US

History

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 9

PTR260

Bodybuilding Specialist

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

BUS207

Entrepreneurship

(4 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

COMM121

Interpersonal Relations

(3 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 10

PTR371

Principles of Kinesiology

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

PTR372

Contemporary Issues in Fitness

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

QTR 11

CHEM305

Introduction to Chemistry

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

MATH303

Statistics

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

QTR 12

PTR261

Transformation Specialist

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

SESSION B

HIST303

History of Sport

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 13

PTR481

Principles of Biomechanics

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

COMM161

Business Communications

(2 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

PTR375

Business Aspects of Fitness

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 14

SESSION A

BUS115

Intro to Marketing

(4 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

PTR376

Research Methods in Kinesiology

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 15

PTR499a

Externship

(1 credit, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

BUS210

Business Ethics and Law

(4 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

BUS204

Business and Management Principles

(4 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 16

PTR499b

Externship

(1 credit, 10 weeks )

SESSION A

COMM203

Customer Service Principles

(3 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

BUS117

Motivating for Performance

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 17

PTR499c

Externship

(1 credit, 10 weeks )

SESSION A

PTR374

Psychology of Exercise

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

SESSION B

PTR483

Ethics and Management in Fitness Management

(5 credits, 5 weeks)

QTR 18

PTR499d

Externship

(1 credit, 10 weeks )

PTR482

Physiology of Exercise

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

SESSION A

SESSION B

PD103

Professional and Career Developmen

(2 credits, 5 weeks)

Credit Requirement Breakdown

General Education: 45 credits

BIO105 Anatomy and Physiology

CHEM305 Introduction to Chemistry

ENG110 English Composition

HIST102 US History

HIST303 History of Sport

MATH102 College Math

MATH303 Statistics

PSY102 General Psychology

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

Core: 75 credits

Required

PTR251 Certified Fitness Trainer

PTR371 Principles of Kinesiology

PTR372 Contemporary Issues in Fitness

PTR374 Psychology of Exercise

PTR375 Business Aspects of Fitness

PTR376 Research Methods in Kinesiology

PTR481 Principles of Biomechanics

PTR482 Physiology of Exercise

PTR483 Ethics and Management in Fitness Management

PTR499A Externship

PTR499B Externship

PTR499C Externship

PTR499D Externship

Choose 25 credits from

PTR259 Specialist in Fitness Nutrition

PTR254 Youth Fitness Trainer

PTR255 Specialist in Strength and Conditioning

PTR257 Specialist in Group Fitness

PTR258 Corrective Exercise Specialist

PTR260 Bodybuilding Specialist

PTR261 Transformation Specialist

PTR256 Specialist in Senior Fitness

PTR253 Specialist in Exercise Therapy

Electives: 60 credits

Elective Courses

Fulfill elective requirements with remaining certification courses (those not applied to core requirements) or choose any of these.

BUS115 - Introduction to Marketing
BUS117 - Motivating for Performance
BUS204 - Business and Management Principles
BUS207 - Entrepreneurship
BUS210 - Business Ethics and Law
COMM102 - Effective Communication
COMM121 - Interpersonal Relations
COMM161 - Business Communications
COMM203 - Customer Service Principles
HIT135 - Medical Terminology
PD102 - Personal Development
PD103 - Professional and Career Development
PD304 - Leadership Principles