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Strength and Conditioning Program Overview

Strength & Conditioning
The Strength and Conditioning concentration was designed for current practitioners, aspiring strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and athletic performance coaches. Our comprehensive program exceeds the requirements for the standard National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification and will prepare students for advanced certifications.
 

Students will study advanced topics such as strength and conditioning theory as well as gain the skills and knowledge to develop a strength and conditioning philosophy of their own. Not only will students be prepared for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam they will learn how to apply strength and conditioning principles, fine tune their programming skills, and be prepared for advanced certifications.

Program Features

  • Courses are offered 100% online, no campus visit required
  • The program is comprised of 10, 8 week courses for a total of 30 credits
  • Program begins three times annually: fall, spring, summer
  • Affordable tuition is guaranteed throughout the entire program
  • Small cohort/class sizes, at 12 to 18 students per class
  • Regionally accredited institution qualified to offer federal financial aid to students
  • $460 per credit hour

Program Admissions Requirements

  • A conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U.S. degree.
  • To be considered for Full Admission at Concordia University, candidates in the MS Applied Exercise Science program will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • To be considered for Provisional Admission to the program, candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites.
  • Note: All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first enrolled semester in the program. Provisional Admission is only available to US residents and citizens.
  • For students to be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.

Required Documentation

  • Application for admission: Apply online.
  • Objective Statement: Provide information on your future educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing graduate work at Concordia University Chicago.
  • Transcripts: Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution through which a degree was earned.
  • International Transcripts: Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service, such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant’s academic proficiency, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work.
  • All documents should be submitted to:
    Concordia University Chicago
    Office of Graduate Admissions and Services
    Addison Hall, Office 158
    7400 Augusta Street
    River Forest, Illinois 60305-1499
  • Application documents may also be faxed to 708.777.4773 or emailed to exsci.admissions@cuchicago.edu.

Highlights

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 3/5/2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

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Strength and Conditioning Curriculum
Required Core Courses 18 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
AES 6020
Kinesiology I
Students will explore upper extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.
3
AES 6030
Kinesiology II
Students will explore trunk and lower extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.
3
AES 6050
Research Design and Methods in Exercise Science
Selected research techniques and designs utilized in exercise science research with emphasis on general statistics, interpretation of data, research ethics, scientific writing and library use.
3
AES 6200
Applied Exercise Physiology
Effects of exercise on the major systems of the human body, including cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, glandular and digestive; with emphasis on optimizing human performance. Prerequisite: AES-6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
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 6990
Capstone Experience
Culminating experience in the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science degree. Experiences may include, but is not limited to, independent research that leads to an actual product such as a publishable journal article, professional field experience, conference presentation, advanced certifications, program or facility development, web site, on-line course materials, curriculum development.
3
Strength and Conditioning Concentration 12 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
AES 6810
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Explore the foundations of strength and conditioning as established by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Design and critique strength and conditioning programs based on NSCA guidelines. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.
3
AES 6820
Advanced Strength and Conditioning Theory
Explore the principles of resistance training and periodization. Develop periodized programs based on foundational and current literature. Critique and justify programming selections.
3
AES 6840
Practicum in Strength and Conditioning Theory
Development and implementation of a strength and conditioning program through a case study with a member of the community. Justify your programming selection and assess program success.
3
AES 6860
Seminar in Strength and Conditioning
In depth exploration and analysis of advanced topics in strength and conditioning. Evaluation of current industry trends and practices. Creation of personal strength and conditioning philosophy.
3

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 3/5/2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

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Strength and Conditioning Faculty

The faculty at Concordia University can be found hard at work in the fields that they teach-specialties in kinesiology and sports studies. At Concordia, we realize that a top-flight education is only possible with best-in-class instructors with real-world experience. We recruit passionate professionals from around the globe who are committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Our faculty are experienced and distinguished, combining years of hands-on clinic experience with extensive academic knowledge and teaching experience. Many of our faculty have the highest credential available in the field in which they teach. They demonstrate the highest degree of professional skills, and find unique ways to convey that knowledge in our remote online curriculum.

To lean more about each faculty member click on the links below.

Jordan Moon
Ron Merryman
Jenna Corbin
Michael Palmieri
Anna Turner
Bridget Melton
Theresa Miyashita
Sharon Beverly
Sean Madden
Joanne Villaflor
Tavis Piattoly
Nick Rolnick
Ayanna Lyles
Rami Said
Kayla Amodeo
Robert Ferguson
Michael Heifferon
Lacy Puttuck
Sean Pruitt
Terri Leap

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 3/5/2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

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Strength and Conditioning Tuition & Fees
Our tuition is reasonable and will not change over time.

Concordia University Chicago is committed to providing students with a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. And for graduates, the benefits of obtaining a Master of Science degree can be very valuable. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the median of earnings for adults ages 25-34 working full-time, year-round, with a master’s degree or higher was $59,200, compared to just $44,970 for individuals with a bachelor’s degree.

MS Applied Exercise Science Cost
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $460
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15
Books (Approximate) $800
TOTAL $15,050

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 3/5/2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

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Strength and Conditioning Career Options
A variety of career paths are attainable with a Masters degree in Exercise Science

A Masters degree in Applied Exercise Science from Concordia University Chicago’s can open many doors in numerous fields.

Our exercise science degree programs are 100% online, allowing students to achieve real-life success in their chosen profession, while advancing their careers.

Graduates in our graduate degree in exercise science go on to serve in a variety of capacities in fitness, wellness, sports management and leadership careers. Our students emerge from our programs in as little as 18 months with:

  • Increased earning potential
  • Job security
  • Job opportunities
  • Increased job satisfaction

Talk with your student advisor for additional information on which degree program is right for you. Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science fields such as these areas:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Biomechanist
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Dietician
  • Dietetic Assistant
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health Coach

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 3/5/2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

Download a Program Guide

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