Central College is at the forefront of the strength and conditioning field, not only in providing sophisticated and highly individualized training programs for athletes but with an academic component through a unique strength and conditioning major within the kinesiology program. Through classroom study and practicums, Central’s program prepares students for professional opportunities. Many other colleges and universities hire Central College graduates to lead their own strength and conditioning programs.
Central’s strength and conditioning program is working toward accreditation with the Council and Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education a part of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. CASCE, 1885 Bob Johnson Dr., Colorado Springs, CO, 80906.
To practice as a strength and conditioning coach, you must first pass the NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination. In this exam, you will be required to demonstrate competency in many areas, including anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, strength and conditioning. Each student will go through a series of hands-on practicum classes. The practicum classes take place in the Schipper Fitness Center weight room.
You’ll spend a great deal of time in the Ron Schipper Fitness Center, which features a 2,000-square-foot strength and conditioning area. In Central’s state-of-the-art exercise science building, the Helen Jean Hislop Center, you’ll find a dedicated classroom that features taping stations and exam tables instead of desks. The human performance lab features a hydrostatic underwater weighing tank, one of only three in the Midwest. The building uses LCD screens and classroom capture.
Central will launch a new strength and conditioning major this fall.
Strength and conditioning students are asked to become members of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the professional group that strength and conditioning coaches work with.
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
Formal application to the strength and conditioning program occurs during students’ first year at Central. To enter the program, students must complete prerequisites from the exercise science department, maintain at least a 2.7 GPA and complete an interview and the required experiences in the strength and conditioning room.
Students progress through an educational sequence that stresses critical thinking skills. Clinical skills are evaluated regularly by faculty and healthcare professionals throughout the four years. The strength and conditioning program is affiliated with kinesiology.
Central students consistently excel on the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Exam, far outperforming the National Pass Rate.
|Graduates taking exam||5||1||1||7|
|Graduates passing exam on first attempt||3||1||1||5|
|First attempt pass rate||60%||100%||100%||71%|
|Overall pass rate||100%||83%||100%||94%|
|Student graduation rate||100%||100%||100%||100%|