Continuing Education and Customized Training


“The nurse in the perioperative environment coordinates communication among surgical team members. Even in the high tech arena of the operating room, the nursing role as patient advocate remains constant, and the skill of patient assessment is critical as the nurse implements individualized nursing care using evidence-based practices.”

–Mary Mirick, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.O.R., Continuing Education Nursing Instructor


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–Pat Reinhart, R.N., Allied Health Instructor

Personal Trainer Certification

Offered in partnership with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.)

See our course schedule for upcoming Personal Trainer Certification and other fitness industry courses.

Contact us at 612-659-6500 or for more information. Visit the W.I.T.S. website for complete details on the Personal Trainer Certification program or call 888.330.WITS.

Why W.I.T.S.?

  • Classroom and practical training and experience
    Since its inception 16 years ago, the World Instructor Training Schools has raised the bar for certification. Rather than just written tests, workforce standards were developed and correlated with LIVE hands-on training to mirror established medical and health profession board exams. The 6-week format allows students to learn and practice, which prepares graduates to successfully help clients with their lifestyle changes.
  • Approved for college credit and international continuing education unit
    • W.I.T.S. offers programs at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country and is a recognized education provider by the American Council on Education (ACE) and International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET.)
    • W.I.T.S. has successfully completed rigorous quality assurance processes and received approval and recognition for college credit and continuing education units (CEUs) for most certifications.
  • W.I.T.S. has raised the bar for comprehensive program credibility
    W.I.T.S. rejects the fitness industry’s traditional problematic home study and weekend crash certifications. Our curriculum has been developed and updated by education and fitness industry leaders and is taught by experienced instructors with education and fitness backgrounds and credentials. We hire the best professionals who will facilitate learning and communicate their passion for making a living helping others.
  • Practical hands-on training and application
    W.I.T.S. wants its graduates to feel confident in their competence as a personal trainer. Knowledge is power but only if you know how to apply it. W.I.T.S. will walk you through every step under the watchful eye of a LIVE instructor each week. Your student workbook includes a library of resources for you to use and weekly pop quizzes will help make sure you are digesting the material.
  • Comprehensive, validated testing
    W.I.T.S. graduates possess the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to be a successful fitness professional. Similar to the medical profession, you will complete two exams to receive your certification:
    • Written: 100 multiple-choice questions. 70% or better required.
    • Practical skills: You must demonstrate five skills properly, including health assessments, warm-up, stretching, upper body and lower body exercises. The practical exam is “live” using a mock client and role-play. 70% or better required in each section.
    W.I.T.S is an official affiliate of the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE).
  • Student support and study resources
    • The live lectures and hand-on practical labs include everything you need to excel. However, additional study aids are available for you through the W.I.T.S. store.
    • W.I.T.S. students and graduates receive a special discount on educational DVDs and materials. You can purchase a DVD set for an entire certification course or just an individual class session. All of our DVD courses are taught by our veteran faculty and include drop down menus for easy navigation.
    • Audio CDs of the lectures are available, so you can pop them in a player and study at any time or place you desire.
    • Practice tests are available for purchase and help when preparing for the exam.
  • Direct connection to employment
    • W.I.T.S has established partnerships with health clubs, recreation centers, wellness studios and gyms across the nation to serve as internship sites for our students.
    • Once you have passed your exams, you will complete a 30-hour internship in the field, which will enable you fine tune your skills for employment, receive a great reference and possibly a job!

Frequently asked questions

  1. Who will I be certified through?
    After successfully passing the requirements of the 6-week course you will be "nationally" certified through the World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.).
  2. Is there a test given or is this a prep class?
    There is a two-part exam given on the final week of the course. The fee is included in the tuition this test will qualify you as a Certified Personal Trainer.
  3. Is W.I.T.S. an accredited organization?
    Yes, we are approved and recognized by many organizations like The American Council of Education, Southeastern Accreditation of Colleges, the Veterans Education & Training Administration, Occupational Therapists and more (AOTA, BOC, IACET, ACE, NBFE).
  4. Is a textbook required?
    Yes, we require a fantastic resource called the Fitness Professionals Handbook, 5th ed., for $82. It should be ordered in advance (online at or toll free at 888-330-9487) to get started on the reading.
  5. When is the CPR/AED card and internship due?
    The CPR/AED can be completed anytime before, during or after the certification course. The internship cannot be completed until successfully testing to demonstrate the required knowledge to work with clients. (You are granted a one-year grace period.)
  6. Is the internship provided?
    We send our students a "courtesy" list of facilities to assist. You can get your own approved with a simple process but it is the your responsibility to contact and complete the internship.
  7. How long does my certification last?
    Two years, with a renewal process described on our website.  In this health industry, every reputable certification requires updates.
  8. Is there job placement?
    A majority of the students get hired directly from their internship sites, which we provide. We do not directly assist in securing the job, but the demand is high and the clubs write us for graduates all the time. No other group offers this kind of networking with local businesses.
  9. Can I miss a day of class?
    You are allowed to miss one class. Anything beyond that one class will require you to make it up and test with a later group at no extra charge.
  10. What happens if I don't pass?
    We offer four national retest dates to help you finish your goals. You have one year to retest from your original class date, and the retest costs $50. We also give our students the opportunity to sit back in on the course free of charge. Call W.I.T.S. at 888-330-9487 to arrange for retaking a class or exam.

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