International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

Category: Non-traditional | State: N/A

About International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

In 1988, Drs. Sal Arria and Fred Hatfield gathered a powerful team of fitness experts to stem the tide of physical decline. Culled from the elite ranks of research, coaching, and sports medicine, these individuals were determined to transform wellness through education. Since that initial gathering, ISSA has catapulted to the forefront of the fitness industry, enrolling over 200,000 students and trainers across 92 countries. ISSA is a teaching institution for fitness trainers, athletic trainers, coaches, and healthcare professionals. We have set new standards in assessment, nutrition, instruction, and sports medicine practice. Join us today.

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Why attend International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

When you enroll with ISSA, you'll experience an online learning institution focused on you. ISSA's nationally accredited online personal training certificate and degree programs bring the classroom to you, wherever you are stationed. Fellow classmates who are also active-duty military, military spouses, and Veterans create a uniquely supportive and motivational community. The cohort understands the pressures you face and encourages you to call on your military strength to stand out. With a dedicated military team, unlimited educational support, and a community of fitness learners, you'll never be alone in your pursuit to make a difference through exercise and proper nutrition.


Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamExercise Science

A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.


Health Professions & Related Programs


Sports and Fitness Administration/Management

A program that prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services. Includes instruction in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; public relations; legal aspects of sports; and applicable health and safety standards.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $8,325 $8,325 N/A N/A
Fees $207 $207 N/A N/A
Room $7,820 $7,820 N/A N/A
Board N/A N/A N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other Expenses $3,852 $3,852 N/A N/A
Totals $20,204 $20,204 N/A N/A
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Committed to the 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Network
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on DSST exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Participates in the Veterans Upward Bound program
  • Provide admissions events or special admissions information sessions customized for prospective students who are military service members
  • Customized student orientation program for military students
  • Mentoring/on-boarding programs for new military students or veterans
  • Tuition discounts specifically for military students
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Returning student receive reimbursement or remission of course fees
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Commitment incorporated into the institution’s mission, vision and values
  • Formal policy in place regarding business conduct and compliance when admitting, educating, advising, and placing military and/or veteran students
  • Academic support/tutoring
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff
  • Formal mentoring or advising program in which faculty or staff members who are current or former members of the military mentor students who are military service members or veterans
  • Online clubs or associations for military service members or veterans