Health Sciences

Strength and Conditioning Certificate

(An Online Only Graduate Program)

The Graduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning, available online only, is designed for individuals interested in the professional field of strength and conditioning.  The Strength and Conditioning Certificate provides a base of knowledge that enables you to enter the profession or enhance your skills in the field.  The four-course program is designed so that you may become certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) by the completion of their certificate program.

Career Opportunities

Advanced degrees in sports medicine and fitness are in demand because athletes at the professional, college and high school level continue to advance, and also as the popularity of personal trainers and nutritionists continues to rise.  Over the next decade, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that job opportunities for fitness and recreation professionals, and athletes and coaches will continue to grow.

Course of Study

The Strength and Conditioning Certificate Program consists of 12 semester hours.  Students who successfully complete the program of study for the graduate certificate in strength and conditioning may be considered for admission into the Master of Science Sports Medicine program.  Students who wish to be considered for admission into the MSSM program upon successful completion of the graduate strength and conditioning certificate must formally petition the MSSM program for consideration as per the requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Program of Study

Fall Semester

  • SMED 6030   -   Evidence-Based Research in Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • SMED 6060   -   Exercise Physiology (3 credits)

Spring Semester

  • SMED 5090G   -   Nutritional Issues in Sports Medicine (3 credits)
  • SMED 7070      -   Theory and Method of Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)

Students interested in the Strength and Conditioning Certificate program must complete: