Program Information

Next Start Date: 1/10/2022
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Application Deadline: Rolling


Cost Per Credit Hour: $475 (beginning fall 2020)
Technology Fee: $16 (per credit hour)
Estimated Tuition & Fees: click here to learn about costs


The Strength and Conditioning certification was designed for current practitioners, aspiring strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and athletic performance coaches. Students will study 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 and fine tune their programming skills. Gainful employment information can be found here.

Program Features

  • Courses are offered 100% online, no campus visit required
  • The program is 12 credit hours – comprised of 4, 8 week courses
  • Program begins three times annually: fall, spring, summer
  • Affordable tuition is guaranteed throughout the entire program*
  • Small cohort/class sizes, with 12 to 20 students per class
  • Regionally accredited institution
  • $475 per credit hour
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.
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.
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.
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.


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My favorite class was research methods and design. The instructor’s feedback was extremely helpful and what I learned in this class will be applicable throughout the rest of my career. I also enjoyed my sports nutrition course because it was challenging and put me out of my comfort zone.

Cynthia Miranda

MS Applied Exercise Science - Human Movement Science

I wanted to get a PhD to pursue a tenured-track position and perform research. The online courses have been highly engaging and have provided an outstanding learning experience preparing me to contribute as a scholar in my field of study.

Jason Menoutis

PhD Health and Human Performance

I love the curriculum and the ability to take one course at a time, along with the flexible payments that works with my salary. This degree will prepare me to work with other professors or medical doctors in the Exercise Science field to explore further research.

Nicholas Mortensen

PhD Health and Human Performance

The online format allows for me to continue expanding my business and professional goals while still pursuing a Master’s degree. I was initially worried as I had not previously had much experience with online coursework, but the format allows for structured, discussion based learning amongst peers.

Ryan Richmond

MS Applied Exercise Science - Sports Nutrition

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