Beginning July 2023, Northern Vermont University will be part of Vermont State University.

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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.

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About the Concentration in Health and Fitness/Strength and Conditioning

Students in the health and fitness/strength and conditioning concentration prepare for careers in personal training, group fitness instruction, strength and conditioning of athletes, health and fitness education, disease prevention and rehabilitation, and fitness facility operation.

Set yourself apart

Students also prepare for national certification examinations, such as the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) and National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exams. You also may decide to apply for graduate school.

Your course of study will include sport and exercise psychology, fundamentals of personal training and strength and conditioning, nutrition, and practicums and internships in the field.

Career Outcomes

  • Personal Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Rehabilitation Aid
  • Cardiovascular Technical
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Conditioning Coach
  • Fitness Center Owner/Manager

Health and Fitness/Strength and Conditioning Internship Sites

  • Berlin Hospital, Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Brown University, NCAA Division 1 Strength and Conditioning
  • Fortitude Fitness, Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning
  • Grafton County Nursing Home, Health Fitness
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pride Fitness Performance, Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning
  • The University of Albany, NCAA Division 1 Strength and Conditioning
  • The University of Vermont, NCAA Division 1 Strength and Conditioning
  • Verizon Wireless Communications, Worksite Wellness
  • Weeks Medical Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Xtra Innings Performance, Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning



At a Glance

Program Options:
Students in this program graduate with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science with a concentration in health and fitness/strength and conditioning.
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A young man poses in front of weight lifting equipment, smiling, looking at camera.

“It’s hard to believe how much we learned every semester. The faculty members were life-changing in the way they interacted with us and how knowledgeable they are in their field.”

– Michael Sigsbury ’17


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