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The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy is nationally accredited through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education (ACCET).


The school’s business office is open from 9 to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. The business office is located on the main campus site at:
American Fitness and Nutrition Academy
350 S Lake Ave, Suite 260

@ The Colonnade Building

Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: 626-782-6200

Fax: 626-765-7668

For general questions, admissions information, and transcript requests, please email: [email protected]
Payments may be mailed to the school’s address to the attention of “Student Accounts.”
School Management
Tom Boland, Director of Operations and Business Office
Tiffany Linares, Student Services and Financial Aid
AFNA is an approved institution with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA Certifying Official
Tom Boland
AFNA is an approved institution with the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEV-P)
SEV-P Primary Designated School Official
Tom Boland

Advisory Board

Please browse our current school catalog for more information about our Advisory Board.


The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy (AFNA) is approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Visit the school’s page at BPPE by clicking here.

Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009.

Current Year School Catalog 

School Performance Fact Sheet

Copyright Policy

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject a student to civil and criminal liabilities. The legal penalties for copyright infringement are:

1. Infringer pays the actual dollar amount of damages and profits.
2. The law provides a range from $200 to $150,000 for each work infringed.
3. Infringer pays for all attorneys fees and court costs.
4. The Court can issue an injunction to stop the infringing acts.
5. The Court can impound the illegal works.
6. The infringer can go to jail.

Students who are found to have violated the school’s copyright infringement policy, including students who have engaged in illegal peer-to-peer file sharing as described above, and notably if such action was undertaken by means of the school’s network or information technology systems, will be subject to dismissal for code-of-conduct violation.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy

AFNA is committed to student safety and good health.  Students who are suffering from the effects of alcohol and/or drug addiction may contact the school for resources and counseling options that could help remedy their situation.

Beyond the inherent health and legal problems that may arise from the illegal use of drugs and alcohol, any student who is convicted of a drug felony crime is ineligible to participate in Title IV financial aid programs.

AFNA is committed to maintaining a safe, secure, and crime-free learning environment that is completely free of alcohol and use of illicit drugs, Please refer to these other school policies regarding the use of drugs and alcohol on campus:

• Advisement Regarding Drug Offense Felony Conviction
• Unlawful Possession, Use, or Distribution of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol
• No Tobacco Use or Marijuana Use – No Smoking

Grievance Policy

AFNA has a formal complaint procedure, which is designed to provide students with an avenue and recourse for presenting and resolving complaints.  Only the president of the campus director are authorized to receive and resolve student complaints.

Students may submit complaints in writing with the date of the submission of the complaint.  AFNA shall respond to all written complaints within 10 days of receiving the complaint, providing the student with a written response, including a summary of the investigation and disposition of the complaint.  Participation in the complaint process shall not affect a student’s status or in any way limit or waive one’s right to other remedies or legal recourse.

If, after following the school’s established Grievance Policy (see ‘Grievance Policy’ published in this catalog), a student should feel unfairly treated or their concern unresolved, he or she may file a complaint to ACCET.  The ACCET Complaint Procedure is posted publicly at the school and a copy of this policy can be provided upon request. Separately or in tandem with any complaint to ACCET, a student or member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Accrediting Council for Continuing                         California Bureau for
Education and Training (ACCET)                           Private Postsecondary Education
1722 N St NW                                                        PO BOX 980818
Washington DC, 20036                                          West Sacramento, CA  95798-0818
Phone: (202) 955-1113                                           Phone: (888) 370-7589
Fax: (202) 955-1118                                                Fax: (916) 263-1897
Website:  http://www.accet.org                               Website:  http://www.bppe.ca.gov

A student or member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet website at http://www.bppe.ca.gov.

For grievance or objections related specifically to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), including ineligibility for participation in Title IV financial aid programs, please refer to the school’s SAP policy.

Faculty in Pasadena, California

Please browse our current school catalog for more information about our faculty.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

AFNA’s policies comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). FERPA is Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, please click here.

Federal Student Aid Programs

AFNA is an approved institution for Title IV federal student aid, including Pell Grant and direct student loans. For assistance with completing your FAFSA and for selecting the financial aid package that best fits your needs, please schedule an appointment with our financial aid office.

AFNA is also an approved institution with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible veterans, active service member spouses, and dependents may all be eligible to fund all or part of their tuition at the school. For more information, please contact the school directly or the Department of Veterans Affairs at (800) 827-1000.

If you believe you may be eligible for VA education benefits and are interested in enrolling at AFNA, please click here.

Mission and School History

Our Mission

The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy exists to educate and vocationally prepare a premiere workforce of fitness, nutrition, and allied healthcare practitioners, to support the employment efforts and business pursuits of these same practitioners, and to advance the nationally critical priority of health, fitness, and nutrition awareness through industry outreach and community education activities.


The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy (”AFNA”) was founded in 2009 in Santa Barbara, California for the sole purpose of providing relevant and innovative career education to meet a growing industry need for qualified fitness and nutrition trainers. Maintaining continuous operations, AFNA relocated in August 2010 to Pasadena, California, where it then expanded its career education mission to include allied healthcare career education. The American Fitness Nutrition Academy (AFNA) is the “dba” operating name of American Fitness and Nutrition Academy, Inc., a California Corporation (”AFNA, Inc.”).

AFNA, Inc. does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, nor is it operating as a debtor inpossession, nor has it filed a petition within the preceding five years, nor has it had a petition of bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et. seq.).

AFNA maintains a current business tax permit for operations within the city of Pasadena, California.

Privacy Policy (afna.edu)

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for afna.edu. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
    2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
    3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
    4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information. Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy, Inc. (AFNA) is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. AFNA only has access to collect information that you voluntarily provide the school via web form, email or other direct contacts from you. AFNA will not sell or rent this information to anyone. Authorized AFNA employees and representatives will use your information to respond to you with regard to the reason you contacted the school. AFNA will not share your information with any third party outside of the school, other than as necessary to fulfill your request or as required by local, state, and federal law. Unless you specifically request the contrary, AFNA may contact you via email in the future to tell you about school events, new or updated programs or services, or changes to this privacy policy. Such contact may be in the context of AFNA or The Body Annex, the school’s wholly-owned continuing education branch. Your Access To and Control Over Information. You may opt-out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

• See what data we have about you if any.
• Change/correct any data we have about you.
• Have us delete any data we have about you.
• Express any concern you have about our use of your data.


We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as social security numbers and credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page. While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only authorized AFNA representatives who need your information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. If you feel that AFNA is not abiding by this privacy policy, please contact the school immediately via telephone at 626-782-6200 or via email at [email protected].

School Policies

For full documentation of all AFNA’s policies, including admissions policy, payment policy, academic progress and attendance policy, code of conduct policy, and more, please download the latest edition of the AFNA School Catalog.

Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEV-P)

AFNA is an approved institution with the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEV-P). The school is authorized to issue the Form I-20 for students wishing to enter the United States and study under the provisions of the M-1 Student Visa. If you are not a citizen or legal resident of the United States and would like to enroll at AFNA, please click here.

Veteran Education Benefits (GI Bill® and MyCAA)

AFNA is an approved institution with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE).

Students who may be eligible for VA education benefits include veterans, active service member spouses, and veteran dependents. AFNA may enroll eligible students under all VA education programs, including the GI Bill® and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA.

As of January 2019, more than 70 veterans have graduated from AFNA’s career fitness programs. If you believe you may be eligible for VA education benefits and would like to enroll at AFNA, please click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Students in certain regional and local areas may qualify for tuition funding with the approval of their local Workforce Investment Act (WIA) charter. For more information, please research the Workforce Investment Act program or programs available in your area.