The strength and conditioning major prepares entry-level practitioners with a solid foundation of knowledge and theory as well as practical application of strength and conditioning (or personal training) methods. The University of Findlay is one of a select group of schools in the United States that offer a National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA) recognized program.
A bachelor's degree in strength and conditioning can well prepare you with the pre-requisites for a future career as:
- Strength & Conditioning Specialist
- Sports Performance Enhancement Coach
- NCAA Strength Coach
- High School or Prep-School Strength Coach
- Graduate Study (Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science)
The strength and conditioning major consists of a pre-professional and professional curriculum. Students who successfully complete the pre-strength and conditioning program apply for admission to the professional program. Upon successful completion of the professional program, you will earn a Bachelor of Science in strength and conditioning, and be well prepared to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examination.
Majoring in strength and conditioning also provides you a direct path into several graduate programs at the University of Findlay. Many strength and conditioning students pursue graduate degrees in our athletic training
or physical therapy
programs. The following options are perfect if you're interested in pursuing a graduate degree:
Master of Athletic Training in Five Years (3+2)
Students complete undergraduate courses during the first three years and begin the professional phase of the athletic training program during the summer prior to the summer of their fourth year. Students will receive a bachelor of science degree at the end of the fourth year and a master of athletic training degree at the end of the fifth year.
Bachelor of Science in Strength and Conditioning + Doctor of Physical Therapy in Six Years (3+3)
Students complete undergraduate courses during the first three years and begin the professional phase of the physical therapy program during your fourth year. You will receive a bachelor’s degree at the end of your fourth year and a doctor of physical therapy at the end of your sixth year.
Within the strength and conditioning major, three internships are required to graduate. These internships may include working with a University of Findlay athletic team, a regional fitness center or sports team, or performance enhancement training center. This will provide you with a chance to gain critical hands-on experience.
Education Recognition Program
Acceptance into the Education Recognition Program
(ERP) means that the University of Findlay has met, and continues to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA. Recognition is good for three years. ERP consists of three separate recognitions: The ERP Personal Training Program
Recognizes colleges and universities that offer two- and four-year educational programs in personal training.
The ERP Strength and Conditioning Program
Recognizes colleges and universities that offer at least a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in strength and conditioning.