Methodist University student working out in Nimocks Fitness Center

Fitness, Wellness & Coaching

Degree Type:
Bachelor’s Degree
Mode of Study:
On Campus

Methodist University’s Fitness, Wellness, and Coaching program seeks to apply scholarly approaches to understanding health, wellness, fitness, and performance from a physical, psychological, and social perspective.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with Fitness, Wellness & Coaching bachelor degrees include exercise trainer, group fitness instructor, recreation and fitness studies teacher, coach, scout, dietician, nutritionist, and so much more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with Fitness, Wellness & Coaching degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Exercise trainer and group fitness instructor: $41,640
  • Recreation and fitness studies teacher: $67,800
  • Coach and scout: $49,940
  • Dietitian and nutritionist: $58,930

Average Tuition Cost

The average cost for an incoming residential freshman to attend MU is less than $18,000 – similar to the cost of attending one of the big-box public schools, but with the enhanced value of a highly-regarded private school with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

While tuition varies, depending on a student’s financial aid package, it’s important to know that the average financial award for an incoming residential freshman at MU is more than $34,000.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

More than 97% of MU students receive some form of financial aid, with the University offering more than $24 million annually to students for scholarships. If a student is active military, family of active military, or a veteran, they may also qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Methodist University’s Fitness, Wellness & Coaching program?

If you have questions, reach out to Dr. Amanda Ransom using the contact info at the bottom of the page. If you’re ready to apply today, click the button below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Normally, a bachelor’s degree is required for college and professional coaching jobs. While some elect to earn a degree related to Fitness, Wellness & Coaching, there are many coaches who pursue degrees in other areas.

Currently, Methodist University does not offer an online option for Fitness, Wellness & Coaching. However, our on-campus program will best prepare you for a career in fitness, wellness and coaching.

Major Requirements

The Fitness, Wellness, and Coaching major consists of 61 credits and is distributed as follows:

  • PXS 1200 Weight Training Techniques (2 credits)
  • PXS 2110 Professions and Development in Health Science (1 credit)
  • PXS 2150 Research seminar (2 credits)
  • PXS 2170 CPR and First Aid (take jun/sen year) (2 credits)
  • PXS 2300 Psychosocial Aspects of PA (3 credits)
  • PXS 2400 Nutrition (3 credits)
  • PXS 2850 Kinetic human anatomy (3 credits)
  • PXS 2860 Survey of human physiology (3 credits)
  • PXS 2900 Principles of physical conditioning (3 credits)
  • PXS 3000 Community health (3 credits)
  • PXS 3060 Adapted physical education (3 credits)
  • PXS 3080 Sport psychology (3 credits)
  • PXS 3120 Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • PXS 3200 Motor development OR PSY 2040 Lifespan development (3 credits)
  • PXS 3210 Sport sociology (3 credits)
  • PXS 3300 Behavior Management (3 credits)
  • PXS 3410 Sport Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • PXS 3600 Motor Learning (3 credits)
  • PXS 4000 Health and Fitness Management (3 credits)
  • PXS 4050 Measurement and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • PXS 4200 Psychology of Coaching (3 credits)
  • PXS 4950 Experiential Learning (1 credit)

*PSY 1010 is a prerequisite for the required PSY courses. It is recommended that students take PSY to fulfill the social science general education requirement.

*WEL 2180 Fitness and nutrition is a prerequisite for the required PXS courses.


Amanda Ransom, Ph.D.

Chair, Kinesiology; Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
Amanda Ransom