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Certifications for Health and Human Sciences

Completing a major within the Department of Health and Human Sciences can lead to preparation for a number of certifications. These certifications can certainly enhance your marketability upon graduation. The faculty within the department encourage all of our students to engage in professional development beyond their time at Bridgewater College. Take the skills you have learned and share your knowledge with others and learn from those interactions. Below is a list of certifications that our students are qualified to test for at graduation.

American College of Sports Medicine
410 W Michigan Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3233
Phone: (317) 637-9200
Fax: (317) 634-7817

There are two tracks to certification within the American College of Sports Medicine. The first track is designed for persons who expect working with apparently healthy individuals who exercise for health maintenance. There are 3 certifications within the Health & Fitness Track. The second track is primarily for individuals aspiring to work with participants who have a history of cardiac, pulmonary or other chronic disease. This Clinical Track has two potential certifications.

Health & Fitness Track
ACSM Group Exercise Leadersm*
ACSM Health/Fitness Instructorsm
ACSM Health/Fitness Director®

Clinical Track
ACSM Exercise Specialistsm
ACSM Program Directorsm

*an asterick indicates the certification level an Allied Health Science Major qualifies to test for upon graduation from Bridgewater College.

American Council on Exercise
5820 Oberlin Drive, Suite 102
San Diego, California 92121-3787
Phone: (800) 825-3636
Fax: (858) 535-1778

The American Council on Exercise started certification processes more than 15 years ago to ensure some standardization of fitness professionals knowledge. After a review seminar, a graduate of the Allied Health Science and Athletic Training Majors will meet the qualifications for sitting for the following exams from ACE:

ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification
ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant
ACE Personal Training Certification

National Athletic Trainers' Board of Certification
4223 South 143rd Circle
Omaha, Nebraska 68137
Phone: (402) 559-0091
Fax: (402) 561-0598

Successful completion of the Athletic Training Major requirements will make the student eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification Examination. All Athletic Training Majors will sit for this examination in April of their graduation year. Upon successful completion these students will become an ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) once graduation requirements are fulfilled.

National Strength & Conditioning Association
1955 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
Phone: (800) 815-6826
Fax: (719) 632-6367

The National Strength & Conditioning Association offers the only nationally accredited fitness certifications in the industry. Both Allied Health Science and Athletic Training Majors will be eligble to sit for either of the 2 certifications offered by NSCA upon graduation.

NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer