Strength and Conditioning

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Undergraduate Emphasis

The Strength and Conditioning emphasis area is available for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. In addition to teaching, this emphasis prepares students to serve as strength and conditioning specialists in private, educational and athletics settings. Students completing the Strength and Conditioning emphasis are encouraged to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Exam offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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  • Career Options
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The Strength and Conditioning emphasis offered by the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation is recognized as an Education Recognized Program (ERP) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Students are exposed to the theory, science and practical application of athletics strength and conditioning training.

Students completing the Emphasis in Strength and Conditioning will have the knowledge and ability to work in such positions as:

  • Health clubs
  • Community wellness centers
  • College and university athletic departments
  • Middle and high school athletics

There are opportunities to gain strength and conditioning experiences while taking classes:

  • Area gyms and health clubs
  • Personal training
  • Middle and high school athletic programs in area school districts
  • Area city park and recreation departments and youth sport leagues

About Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation, and Physical Education, a minor and certificate in Dance, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs. Exercise Science and Recreation meet requirements for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which is a tuition discount program for non-resident students to attend Pittsburg State University. Students who have been selected to receive the MSEP discount will be charged 150 percent of resident tuition rates. Residents from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible.

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