Source: American Public University

Charles Town, WV, Feb. 12, 2013 - American Public University (APU) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) today announced a partnership that aligns APU's fully-online B.S. in Sports & Health Sciences program with NASM's Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) certification to prepare students for the NASM-CPT exam. Certification holders are eligible to receive credit through APU's transfer credit evaluation process, which awards students credit for college-equivalent prior learning, allowing them to complete the program in less time.

Beginning with January 2013 course starts, APU students enrolled in Exercise Programming and Testing (SPHE420), will be instructed by NASM-certified APU faculty. The NASM-CPT certification, considered to be one of the most respected personal training credentials, pioneered the exclusive Optimum Performance Training (OPT) method - the first science-based training system in the health and fitness industry.

"Applying a proven system like the OPT is essential in the fields of health, sports medicine, and coaching," said Andrew Wyant, NASM president and general manager. "NASM is proud to be chosen by APU to strengthen its existing curriculum with proven courses and the fitness industry's most widely-recognized certification, to help APU students advance their career."

"Aligning our curriculum with an industry leader like NASM benefits our students, particularly those seeking careers in the fitness industry," said Brian Freeland, APU program director, sports and health sciences & sports management." The NASM-CPT certification is widely respected and recognized throughout the industry and is a certification preferred by numerous leading employers."About NASM Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to advanced specializations including the new Weight Loss Specialist program, continuing education courses, and accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help health and fitness professionals to enhance their careers while empowering clients to live healthier lives.

About American Public University SystemAmerican Public University System, winner of the Sloan Consortium's 2009 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and two-time recipient of Sloan's Effective Practices Award, offers 87 online degree programs through American Public University and American Military University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects.