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Master of Science in Kinesiology

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Online Master's Degree and Certificate Options in Kinesiology

A.T. Still University offers a post-professional degree in kinesiology as well as specialized certificates in kinesiology focus areas. The Master of Science in Kinesiology and each certificate option are designed for working health and fitness professionals and are focused on developing experts to be clinical leaders in kinesiology, exercise science, health and fitness.

In these exceptional online programs you will develop skills to help lead your community and advance your practice. Through the master’s program you will gain comprehensive knowledge and proficiency in functional anatomy, exercise physiology and kinesiology, behavior change, functional assessment and exercise program design. Certificate programs will increase your understanding of these topics as they apply to a specific segment of human movement and body mechanics.

Offered through the College of Graduate Health Studies, this graduate level online Kinesiology program focuses on evidence-based research allowing clinicians working with clients, patients and populations to immediately apply what they’ve learned. The program elevates sports medicine, exercise and fitness professionals by enhancing knowledge, skills, and abilities in the design and maintenance of exercise science programs, and serves as a valuable source of credibility to health professionals, athletic organizations, educators, club owners, coaches, and fitness department managers.

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Master of Science in Kinesiology

As a post-professional exercise science program, this broad-scope health and fitness degree was developed to build on the foundation of your experience in exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics or related fields. A bachelor’s degree is required, and prospective exercise science students must be a health, wellness, sport, or fitness professional with at least two years of experience, or be a training professional with an NCCA accreditation or a licensed healthcare professional.

Students pursuing this Kinesiology degree will choose one of the five specialty certificate course groupings, or tracks, based on your unique interests and aptitudes: Adaptive Sports, Corrective Exercise and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Exercise and Sports Psychology, Geriatric Exercise Science, and Sports Conditioning. A dual track option is available, allowing students to enroll in two of the specialty tracks.

The online Kinesiology degree program contains 42-credit hours of study (45-credit hours with a dual track option): including a week-long conference at the ATSU Human Movement Institute.

As a graduate of ATSU’s Master of Science in Kinesiology degree program, you will gain industry-wide respect, and enjoy access to ATSU’s network of world-class faculty and alumni.

Human Movement Institute

Consisting of a four-day residency in Mesa, AZ, location of ATSU’s Arizona campus, the Human Movement Institute is a unique and valuable opportunity to perform hands-on, cutting-edge work and learn the latest concepts and methodologies from industry experts. The Institute provides opportunity to obtain face-to-face practical mentoring while building relationships with peers and faculty to develop important contacts and attain the insights you need to excel in your field.

Certificates in Kinesiology

If you choose not to pursue a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology, but still wish to gain the knowledge and expertise of one or more of our specialty tracks, they are each available as independent certificates in kinesiology. Each certificate contains 4 courses and can be completed through our NSCA recognized, 100 percent online curriculum. More detail about the certificate course groupings and content are contained below:

Exercise & Sports Psychology

The Exercise & Sports Psychology track combines the science and practice of the psychology of exercise, mental health and performance to teach students the principles of creating programs that trigger behavior change and maximize long term adherence. Courses include Psychology, Physical Activity and Health; Exercise and Mental Health; Applied Sports Psychology; and Principles of Adherence and Motivation.

Geriatric Exercise Science

The Geriatric Exercise Science track provides learning opportunities for fitness professionals to focus on the physical and psychological principles of exercise and movement science among older adults. Courses include Physical Dimensions of Aging and Physical Activity; Psychosocial Dimensions of Aging and Physical Activity; Exercise Prescription for Older Adults; and Motivational Strategies for Physical Activity among Older Adults.

Sports Conditioning

The Sports Conditioning track combines current knowledge and practice in sports conditioning to enable students to develop advanced training programs for athletes. Courses include Measurement of Sports Fitness; Muscular Fitness Development; Speed, Agility, and Quickness; and the Science and Practice of Metabolic Conditioning.

Adaptive Sports

The Adaptive Sports track is designed to provide the allied healthcare and fitness professional with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to effectively work in the adaptive sports field, including program management, coaching, strength and conditioning, health care services, and advocacy. Courses include, Introduction to Paralympic and Adaptive Sport, Establishing and Managing an Adaptive Sports Program, Assessment of the Para Athlete, and Comprehensive Adaptive Sport & Activity Analysis.

Corrective Exercise & Orthopedic Rehabilitation

The Corrective Exercise & Orthopedic Rehabilitation track is designed to provide the allied health care and fitness professional with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to design and implement exercise programs for individuals with musculoskeletal and movement dysfunction. Courses include, Human Movement Dysfunction, Functional Assessment for Development of Corrective and Post-Rehabilitation Exercise Programs, Post-Rehabilitation Exercise, and Corrective Exercise Programming.

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  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Recognition +

    • The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.

      The Graduate Studies Program recognizes colleges and universities that offer at least a Master’s degree related to strength and conditioning and/or sport performance. For successfully meeting established criteria, the NSCA officially recognizes A.T. Still University’s Graduate Program in Kinesiology as a Graduate Studies Program.

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  • Career Advancement+

    • The fitness industry in the United States is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow exponentially. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness workers held 261,100 jobs in 2008 and the employment of fitness workers is expected to surpass the averages for all occupations in 2010. This is a unique industry in which kinesiology professionals are able to make a direct difference and change peoples’ lives.
  • Student Insights +

    • “I enrolled in ATSU’s Kinesiology program so I could help others move better, move more, and move pain free after injury or illness. As a medically retired firefighter, I know how devastating an injury can be, how stressful surgery is, and how the road to full recovery is often bumpy and complicated. ATSU’s program in Kinesiology has given me the tools and biopsychosocial perspective I need to effectively help others along their journey to optimal rehabilitation and peak performance.”
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Master of Science in Kinesiology Degree Faculty

The kinesiology faculty you will learn from include renowned experts in the field, including researchers, authors, elite coaches and a former Olympian. Their research has been published and presented in leading sources around the world and their professional work is cutting-edge. Through its collaboration with leading organizations in exercise, health, and fitness, our online Kinesiology degree program exposes exercise science students to leaders in the field, and innovative ideas for current and future solutions on addressing unmet community health needs.

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      • Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD,  MPH, MBA, MA<br />Dean Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA

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        Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, is the Dean of the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) at A.T. Still University (ATSU). He also serves as director of public health at ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). Dr. Altman has been with ATSU since October 2006.

        Dr. Altman graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch (DDS) in 1983. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1989 and became Board Certified in Dental Public Health in 1999. Dr. Altman completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix (2002) and a MA in Bioethics from Midwestern University (2004). He graduated with a Doctor in Health Science (DHSc) degree in March 2012 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU-ASHS) and his EdD from Southern New Hampshire University in March 2016.

        Dr. Altman has worked for The City of Houston, the State of Texas, the State of Arizona, as well as The Principal Financial Group. Dr. Altman’s public health experience includes: serving as President of the Arizona State Board Dental Examiners; serving as President of the Arizona Public Health Association; volunteering with Health Volunteers Overseas (Cambodia and Vietnam); Director of the National Oral Health Leadership Institute; and serving as the Consumer Representative to the Dental Products Panel for the Food and Drug Administration. On May 1, 2012 he was appointed as a Director to The American Board of Dental Public Health and is currently the president.

        Dr. Altman’s research interests are currently centered on public health and higher education. He has published articles in the Journal of Dental Education, Journal of the American Dental Association, Public Health Reports, Special Care in Dentistry, and Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

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      • Jim Farris, PT, PhD Jim Farris, PT, PhD

        Jim Farris, PT, PhD, is the associate dean for academics and assessment in A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS). Dr. Farris earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1987, and master’s degree in exercise science in 1989, both from California State University, Fresno; as well as a bachelor’s degree in physical therapying 1999 from Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University in 1995, where his studies focused on exercise physiology and nutrition. His current scholarship efforts are aimed at cardiopulmonary fitness throughout the lifespan.

        He joined ATSU in 2009, started his associate dean role in 2020, and is now in his 25th year of higher education and administration. Dr. Farris has over a decade of academic administration and assessment experience as a department chair and has strived for overall educational excellence in that role. He completed the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Institute Fellowship, is an Educational Leadership Institute Fellow, and has served on the board of directors for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy before joining ATSU-CGHS.

        He enjoys serving the community, and one our nation’s most underserved populations, through his role as a clinical director for the FUNfitness program that is part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete’s program. His home is in the west where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant. Work-life integration is a goal and he “sharpens the saw” through golfing, cycling, fishing, hiking, cooking, brewing, and yardwork.

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      • Tracie Rogers, PhD<br />Program Chair, Assistant Professor Tracie Rogers, PhD
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        Dr. Rogers has a combination of academic and applied experience in the exercise field. She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and went on to earn her PhD in Kinesiology, with a focus on sport and exercise psychology, from Arizona State University, in 2003. Dr. Rogers is a consultant and faculty member for the American Council on Exercise where she creates courses and serves as a subject matter expert for curriculum development and continued education.

        Dr. Rogers speaks nationally to fitness professionals and writes extensively on the role of the personal trainer in triggering lasting behavior change and on the creation of exercise environments that promote long term adherence. In addition, Dr. Rogers works with athletes and teams, helping them realize the control they have over their athletic experience and performance. Dr. Rogers is passionate about getting people moving and helping them incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

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Master of Science in Kinesiology Degree Admissions

Both the Master’s of Science and certificate in kinesiology programs will admit human movement, health and fitness, and healthcare professionals with diverse graduate education, work history, and life experiences who have demonstrated capacity to pursue a rigorous course of graduate study and increasingly responsible positions in the health and fitness industries.

Prospective kinesiology students are selected by considering the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, prior experience, and personal motivation.

Qualified candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or above, and be a health, wellness, sport, or fitness professional with at least two years of professional experience, or be a training professional with an NCCA accredited certification (ACE, ACSM, IFPA, NASM, NCSF, NESTA, NFPT, NSCA, Cooper Institute) or licensed healthcare professional (ATC, PT, DC, OT, PA, RN, RD, etc.).

  • Requirements +

      2. Application:
        • Completed and signed admissions application along with a nonrefundable application fee.


      3. Academic:

        • An accredited degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (bachelor’s degree for masters programs and a master’s degree for doctoral programs). Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.*
        • Official transcript from the qualifying degree-granting institution. For students using VA benefits transcripts for all institutions attended are required.
        • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.
        • Some degree programs may require experience or credentialing relevant to the field.


      4. Elements of Success:

        • A current resume.
        • Completion of an essay.
        • English Proficiency **
        • Meet technology requirements.***


      *Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university should submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All course work taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:


      **Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Studies. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

      • Option 1 - English is your first language.
      • Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year college/university in the United States with a BA/BS or graduate degree.
      • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

      Acceptable minimal scores for CGHS applications are:
      The Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test (iBT), or the Paper Based Test (PBT) are accepted. The following are the minimum required score based on test type:

      • CBT - minimum total score of 213 Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 26/Writing Skills section
      • iBT - minimum total score of 80 Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 24/Writing Skills section
      • PBT - minimum total score of 550 Minimum of 57/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 61/Writing Skills section

      The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609. 771.7100. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, 609.771.7100
      ***ATSU technology requirements


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Master of Science in Kinesiology Curriculum Overview

This program in exercise science and kinesiology offers an experience-based curriculum that prepares students to be leaders in advanced kinesiology, with expertise in functional anatomy, physiology, human movement, behavior change, functional assessment, fitness and exercise program design.

The online kinesiology degree program consists of 42-credit hours of study: 30 credit hours comprise core course work and 12 credit hours of specialty-track/certificate course work.

All of the below tracks are available as stand-alone certificates to enhance your existing credentials, without the need to enroll in the complete Master of Science in Kinesiology program. Students interested in a kinesiology certificate should select the corresponding option on the ATSU-CGHS application.

All courses in the Master of Science in Kinesiology program at ATSU-CGHS are Quality Matters Certified.

Year 1

  • Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods +

    • Credits: 3
      The objective of this course is to introduce the kinesiology professional to the concepts of evidence-based practice. Students will learn how to access high quality literature, integrate best research with clinical expertise and client values for optimum service, and will be encouraged to participate in learning and research activities to the extent feasible. The course will provide the kinesiology professional with graduate level knowledge and skills related to appropriate research methods and study design, conducting a literature review, creating a research proposal, the role of institutional review for human subjects’ protection, and evaluation of the research literature. Emphasis will be placed upon critical appraisal and application of the kinesiology literature.
  • Motor Control +

    • Credits: 3
      This course provides a foundation for understanding the current principles, theoretical perspectives, and research related to motor control and learning, and how different factors influence learning and performance. Neural and mechanical mechanisms underlying motor behavior and the variables influencing motor control and learning will be addressed, with an emphasis on the application of theoretical perspectives, principles, and research to instructional and practical settings.
  • Exercise Science +

    • Credits: 3
      The objective of this course is to explore the physiological principles of exercise. Specific topics include the functions of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuromuscular and neuroendocrine systems, energy expenditure and bioenergetics, and body composition.
  • Functional Anatomy +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge and awareness of human anatomy, specifically as its structure relates to function of the musculoskeletal system and human movement. Following this course, the student should be able to describe, discuss, recognize, and evaluate musculoskeletal structure and function from an anatomical perspective in the context of clinical practice.
  • Functional Biomechanics +

    • Credits: 3
      The objective of this course is to study the biomechanical properties of joint structures and connective tissues, including histology and morphology, with particular emphasis on sport and exercise movements. Biomechanics of musculotendinous structures, joint capsules, ligaments, peripheral nerves, bones, and articular cartilage will be presented.
    • Credits: 3
      The objective of this course is to learn how to facilitate and educate clients about general nutrition recommendations to maintain health, alter body composition, and improve performance. The course will focus on providing sound advice to clients regarding the nutritional requirements for general health, lean mass gain, body fat loss, anaerobic athletic performance, and aerobic athletic performance. This course must be taken before KINE 5100.
  • Summer Institute +

    • Credits: 3
      The Institute will be comprised of one week of intensive training held on the campus in Mesa, Arizona and five weeks of online coursework. Students will participate in lecture and lab situations covering program related information. Guest speakers, representing leaders in the field of exercise science and human movement, will be recruited to present their work to students as well as to interact with attendees. This is a one-time requirement for completion of the degree; however, students are welcome to enroll each year.

Year 2

  • Advanced Fitness Nutrition +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will present advanced concepts in nutritional requirements for optimal health and sports performance. Emphasis will be placed on bioenergetics and the cellular mechanisms of emerging supplements and ergogenic nutrients. This course will help the exercise professional learn about current research in the areas of macronutrient ratio manipulation, nutrition for exercise performance, nutritional considerations in recovery, and the physiological effects of metabolic dysregulations, such as obesity.
  • Advanced Exercise Prescription +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will provide an overview of comprehensive goal based exercise program design for different populations. The objective of this course is to gain knowledge and skills for building complete exercise programs that are unique to client needs, abilities, and goals, including performing and incorporating subjective and objective assessment results and appropriate medical history information. The integration of exercise principles and behavioral techniques that motivate the participant to be compliant will be emphasized. This course will focus on integrated training and injury prevention techniques through the interdependent relationship of flexibility, core, balance, power, speed, and strength.
  • Current Topics in Human Movement Science +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will cover current, innovative, and controversial topics in the field of health and human performance (HHP). The purpose of this course is to increase student knowledge and awareness of currently-popular topics related to fitness and health. An overview of liability issues and new technologies in HHP professions will be discussed. Physiological mechanisms of some topics will be explored such as heart rate variability, dietary choices, and body composition. In addition, topics related to program design, such as controversies over CrossFit, will be explored.

Adaptive Sports Track

  • Introduction to Paralympic and Adaptive Sport +

    • Credits: 3
      The history, philosophy, and organization of Paralympic and Adaptive sports will be examined. Students will also be introduced to various sociological, public health, and legal aspects of the adaptive sport movement.
  • Establishing and Managing an Adaptive Sports Program +

    • Credits: 3
      Adaptive sport organizations will be examined, including their structure, staffing, and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences funding. Focus will be on integrating the student’s professional education, experience, and goals into administrative aspects of adaptive sports.
  • Assessment of the Para Athlete +

    • Credits: 3
      Common adaptive sport participant medical diagnoses and functional limitations will be examined in depth. Focus will be on common sport-related assessments for these athletes to assist in proper program development. The capabilities, physical and psychological resources, assistance required, and other special considerations for physically challenged individuals related to their specific medical diagnosis will be examined in consideration of disablement models.
  • Comprehensive Adaptive Sport and Activity Analysis +

    • Credits: 3
      Adaptive sports and activities will be examined in depth, including the rules, biomechanics, physiological demands, injury epidemiology, injury prevention, and high performance considerations. The capabilities, physical and psychological resources, assistance required, and other special considerations for physically challenged individuals will be examined.

Corrective Exercise & Orthopedic Rehabilitation Track

  • Human Movement Dysfunction +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge and awareness of concepts related to fundamental movement necessary for optimal function and performance. Following this course, the student should be able to discuss, recognize, and evaluate factors that contribute to movement dysfunction.
  • Functional Assessment of Movement Patterns +

    • Credits: 3
      Movement dysfunction and movement patterns provide the theoretical foundation to examine functional movement assessments. Focus will be on the critical evaluation of common movement assessment approaches used in injury prevention, post-rehabilitation, and corrective exercise.
  • Post Rehabilitation Exercise +

    • Credits: 3
      The objective of this course is to learn how to design and apply training programs for individuals who are transitioning from a rehabilitative setting to a more traditional exercise environment. This course will provide an overview to a systematic approach for post-rehabilitation exercise. This course will focus on reducing the risk of injury while training and performing activities of daily living along with identifying and applying strategies for program application, communicating goals and rationale, and correlating assessment outcomes with individualized programs.
  • Corrective Exercise Programming +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will develop the knowledge and skill for the implementation of corrective exercise theories and models to promote improved human movement and function.

Exercise and Sport Psychology Track

  • Psychology, Physical Activity, and Health +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will cover principles of health psychology and behavior change related to physical activity adoption, participation, and adherence. The objective of the course is for health professionals to develop the knowledge and skills to understand the importance of implementing behavior change strategies as part of all physical activity programs and to be able to develop and implement such strategies. Techniques for incorporating behavior change strategies into fitness programming and health promotion will be taught.
  • Applied Sport Psychology +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will examine psychological theories and techniques applied to a sport to enhance the performance and personal growth of athletes and coaches. The key principles of performance enhancement that are directly applicable to all performance endeavors, including sport, business, and persona will be covered. The objective of the course is to understand theory and to teach application of the fundamental psychological skills that are related to peak performance.
  • Exercise and Mental Health +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will cover the relationships between mental health conditions and exercise, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, and mood. The primary objective is for health and fitness professionals to acquire an understanding of theories, methods, and experimental literature concerning psychological factors related to exercise participation and well-being. Additionally, the practical importance and application of the current research literature will be discussed along with methods to educate the general population on mental health and exercise relationships.
  • Principles of Adherence and Motivation +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will examine the theories of motivation and exercise behavior in relation to the problem of exercise participation and adherence. The primary objective of this course is for the student to develop an understanding of the role of motivation and the determinants and consequences of motivation in the exercise context. This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the role of the fitness professional in building motivation and of how motivation can be used as part of an exercise program to help maximize program success and long-term adherence.

Geriatric Exercise Science Track

  • Psychosocial Dimensions of Aging +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of aging and related psychological and social aspects, including concepts and theories of aging, demographic factors of aging, mental health, stress and coping, social dynamics, religiosity and spirituality, quality of life, models of successful aging, and death and dying. An exploration of the role of physical activity in psychosocial health and well-being will be interwoven, where applicable, in the study of these various aspects of aging.
  • Exercise Prescription for Older Adults +

    • Credits: 3
      A study of fitness instruction and programming for older adults, including importance of physical activity for older adults, pre-program assessment, prescription for various modes of exercise, and considerations for older adults with specific chronic disease conditions.
  • Physical Dimensions of Aging +

    • Credits: 3
      A study of the physical changes that occur with aging including its impact on the various body systems as well as on motor control and physical functioning. In addition, a thorough examination of the impact of regular physical activity on the physical health of older adults will be addressed.

Sports Conditioning Track

  • Measurement of Sports Fitness +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will cover sport-specific fitness and performance testing. The objective of the course is to enable the student to develop a sport-specific, age-appropriate testing battery, reliably conduct the testing, and correctly interpret the results.
  • Speed, Agility, and Quickness +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will cover the physiological basis for speed, agility, and quickness as well as practical methods for developing such qualities among athletes of various developmental abilities. Focus will be put on sport-specific training modes.
  • Muscular Fitness Development +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is designed to enhance the knowledge of muscular performance capabilities, differentiate between muscular functions as it relates to sport performance, and develop training programs to enhance specific performance profiles.
  • The Science and Practice of Metabolic Conditioning +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will cover the physiology of energy production as it relates to performance in various sporting events as well as methods for improving fitness and preparing for the metabolic demands of competition. Causes of fatigue will be addressed along with practical methods for assessing sport-specific metabolic fitness. The course examines various methodologies, training philosophies, and current topics in metabolic training.

Dual Track Option

Students pursuing the dual track option will not take the Advanced Fitness Nutrition, Current Topics in Human Movement Science, or Advanced Exercise Prescription courses. Instead, they will enroll in two of the specialized track series of courses. This will result in a total of 45 credit hours.

Other Courses

  • Directed Study +

    • Credits: 3
      Directed studies may be required as assigned by the program chair.