Exercise Science Certificate Program Features
  • Courses in the certificate program are offered completely online
  • Certificate programs are 12-15 credits – comprised of 4-5, 8-week courses
  • Program begins in fall, spring and summer
  • Affordable tuition is guaranteed throughout the entire program
  • Small cohort/class sizes, 12-18 students
  • $460 per credit hour
Fitness and Health Promotion Certificate

As the general public is increasingly focusing on health and fitness, the Fitness and Health Promotion certificate program will prepare you to help people achieve their goals by providing you with the knowledge and practical skills to develop and implement personal fitness training programs. This 12 credit hour certificate will prepare students to pursue the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification.

Course Sequence & Descriptions
Course Number Course Title Credits
AES 6400
Principles of Fitness and Health Promotion
Examines a systematic approach to personal training using the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. The course provides an overview of evidence-based principles of fitness assessment, program design, balance, flexibility, strength, stabilization, and power. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Prerequisite: AES 6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor
3
AES 6420
Program Design in Fitness and Health Promotion
Explores program design principles for fitness and health promotion, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Prerequisite: Principles of Fitness and Health Promotions or consent of instructor
3
AES 6440
Practicum: Fitness and Health Promotion
Planning and implementation of a fitness or health promotion program through a case study with a member of their community. Prerequisite: Program Design in Fitness and Health Promotion or permission of instructor
3
AES 6460
Business Development and Entrepreneurship in Fitness and Health
Interfaces between human resource management, operations, marketing, and entrepreneurship within the context of entrepreneurial, for-profit and nonprofit fitness and health promotion ventures. Prerequisite: Practicum: Fitness and Health Promotion or consent of instructor.
3
Human Movement Science Certificate

With injuries becoming increasingly more common, injury prevention is a critical part of working with any athletes. The Human Movement Science certificate program will give students the knowledge to develop injury prevention programs and teach students how to help athletes improve functional capacity and correct faulty movement patterns. This 12 credit hour certificate will prepare students to pursue the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) credential.

Course Sequence & Descriptions
Course Number Course Title Credits
AES 6500
Principles of Human Movement Science
Examines a systematic approach for identifying neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Continuum. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Prerequisite: AES 6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6520
Program Design in Corrective Exercise Training
Explores program design principles for corrective exercise training, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Continuum. Prerequisite: Principles of Human Movement Science or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6540
Practicum: Human Movement Science
Provides practical experience in planning and implementing a corrective exercise program through a case study with a member of their community. Prerequisite: Program Design in Corrective Exercise Training or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6560
Special Topics: Seminar in Movement Science
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in human movement science. Prerequisite: Practicum: Human Movement Science or permission of instructor.
3
Sports Performance Training Certificate

The Sports Performance and Training certificate program was designed for coaches, athletic trainers and other sports professionals who work with all levels of athletes from high school players up through Olympic competitors. This 12 credit hour certificate will prepare students to pursue the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) credential.

Course Sequence & Descriptions
Course Number Course Title Credits
AES 6600
Principles of Sports Performance Training
Examines a systematic approach to integrated performance training using the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Prerequisite: AES 6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6620
Program Design in Sports Performance Training
Explores program design principles for integrated sports performance training, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Prerequisite: Principles of Sports Performance Training or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6640
Practicum: Sports Performance Training
Planning and implementation of an integrated sports performance training program through a case study with a member of their community. Prerequisite: Program Design in Sports Performance Training or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6660
Special Topics: Seminar in Sports Performance Training
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports performance training. Prerequisite: Practicum: Sports Performance Training or consent of instructor.
3
Sports Nutrition Certificate

The Sports Nutrition certificate program was designed for individuals who aspire to provide sound sports nutrition information to athletes and physically active individuals. The program focuses on using evidence-based principles in designing and implementing exercise and nutrition programs and interpreting research in the field of exercise and sport nutrition. This 15 credit hour certificate will prepare students to pursue the Certified Sports Nutrition (CISSN) credential from the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Course Sequence & Descriptions
Course Number Course Title Credits
AES 6300
Exercise and Sport Nutrition
Explores the relationships between nutrition, energy metabolism, and exercise and sport performance, with an in-depth analysis of dietary and nutritional supplementation.
3
AES 6320
Vitamins and Minerals
Examination of the role and function of vitamins and minerals from physiological and clinical perspectives.
3
AES 6340
Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management
Examines nutrition and exercise strategies for weight management with an emphasis on metabolic, physiological and psychological factors.
3
AES 6360
Practicum: Sports Nutrition
This course examines the planning and implementation of a sports nutrition program. Students are required to complete a nutrition assessment and planning case study on a member of their community.

AES 6380 Special Topics Seminar in Sports Nutrition
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports nutrition.
3
AES 6380
Special Topics Seminar in Sports Nutrition
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports nutrition.
3