Bachelor of Science Degree in Strength and Human Performance

Bachelor of Science: Online

The Bachelor of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance is a pre-professional degree program to prepare students for entrance to graduate degree programs in Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Sports Medicine.

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Bachelor of Science: Online

The Bachelor of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance is a pre-professional degree program to prepare students for entrance to graduate degree programs in Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Sports Medicine.

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CURRICULUM

10% growth rate for exercise physiologists through 2028

10%

GROWTH

1,500 projected employment for exercise physiologists through 2028

1,500

JOBS TO BE FILLED

$54,760 median income, with projected earnings up to $78,810. source

$54,760

MEDIAN INCOME

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  • Mission
  • General Program Information
  • Career Preparation
  • Degree Requirements

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance program at Parker University is to provide students the foundation in exercise and movement sciences to promote health, fitness, strength, and human performance for physically active people.

General Program Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance is a pre-professional degree program to prepare students for entrance to graduate degree programs in Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Sports Medicine.  The program offers quality classroom and laboratory instruction designed to prepare students to specialize in assessment, treatment, strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation in physically active people. The courses are designed to facilitate certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Students that choose the BS in Strength and Human Performance with the Practicum concentration will apply for an 80-hour practicum in exercise and sport science-related field. The Practicum experience includes field assignments that allow students to observe and document how professionals perform their job duties. The practical application of course work is a crucial element in the education of students pursuing a career in exercise and sport science. The goal of the practicum is to bridge the gap between classroom theory and real-world job duties.  The Practicum requires 80 hours of work-related experience and course assignments to be completed during the final semester and the completion of 3 credits in the HPER4499 Capstone course.

Students may choose to enroll in the BS in Strength and Human Performance with the Internship concentration. The Internship experience simulates real-world job responsibilities in a related field. Internships require students to work full-time with assigned work schedules. Interns will perform hands-on application as relevant to the field and will receive academic credit for their field work experience and academic preparation for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The Internship requires 300 hours of work-related experience and course assignments to be completed during the final semester.

 

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge relevant to:

  • The critical thinking skills that will enable success in graduate school
  • The understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics of the human body
  • The ability to conduct health assessments, fitness testing, and prescribe exercise programs
  • The preparation for optional certification as a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach

Length of Program

The Practicum concentration includes 30 semester credit hours of general education courses, 25 semester credit hours of lower-division required courses, 14 semester credit hours of interdisciplinary studies, and 51 semester credit hours of upper-division required courses.

The Internship concentration includes 30 semester credit hours of general education courses, 19 semester credit hours of lower-division required courses, 11 semester credit hours of interdisciplinary studies, and 60 semester credit hours of upper-division required courses.

 Mode of Instruction 

The Master of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance is offered through distance education.

Career Preparation

Students that complete the BS in Strength and Human Performance may be eligible for the following certifications:

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certifications:

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT)
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM-GEI)
  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP)
  • ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credential
  • ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)
  • ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)
  • ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS)

 

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS)
  • NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Strength and Human Performance with a Practicum concentration requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours of coursework which are as follows:

  • 30 Credit hours in General Education courses
  • 25 Credit hours in Lower Division required courses
  • 14 Credit hours in Interdisciplinary Studies courses
  • 51 Credit hours in Upper Division required courses

 

The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Strength and Human Performance with an Internship concentration requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours of coursework which are as follows:

  • 30 Credit hours in General Education courses
  • 19 Credit hours in Lower Division required courses
  • 11 Credit hours in Interdisciplinary Studies courses
  • 60 Credit hours in Upper Division required courses

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