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Strength and Conditioning Minor

The 12-credit Strength & Conditioning minor is designed for students who want to pursue a career training athletes as a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach. S&C Coaches train athletes at the high school, collegiate and/or professional sports level, as well as in a traditional fitness or wellness facility.

Students will learn how to conduct sport-specific testing, implement safe and effective athletic conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding sound nutritional practices and injury prevention strategies. Students will learn how to design training programs to help athletes perform to the maximal capabilities in the areas of speed, agility, strength & power.

The completion of the minor prepares students to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam offered by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). The CSCS credential is widely considered the “gold standard” in the field of strength and conditioning and is a prerequisite for any person looking to train athletes. To be eligible for the CSCS examination the following criteria must be met:

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, or be enrolled as a college senior
    Note: For college seniors, the NSCA will not release your exam scores until transcripts verifying graduation and noting the degree earned have been received
  • Completed certification in CPR

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits PreRequisites
SPS 115 Principles of Resistance Training 3 SPS151
SPS 157 Fitness Evaluation for Athletic Performance 3 SPS151
SPS 508 Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Preparation 3 SPS115
SPS 263 Practicum in Strength & Conditioning 3 EXS508

Students must have completed all prerequisites prior to registering for the required courses. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all minor courses.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with an Advisor, please contact the Division of ATHES at 718-488-1026