Health & Human Sciences Certifications

Division of Professional Studies

Completing a major within the department of health and human sciences can lead to preparation for a number of certifications. Below is a list of certifications that you may be qualified to test for upon graduation with a degree in the areas of health and human sciences.

American College of Sports Medicine

410 W Michigan Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3233
Phone: (317) 637-9200
Fax: (317) 634-7817
www.acsm.org 

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 Leader
  • ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor
  • ACSM Health/Fitness Director

Clinical Track

  • ACSM Exercise Specialist
  • ACSM Program Director
     

American Council on Exercise

5820 Oberlin Drive, Suite 102
San Diego, California 92121-3787
Phone: (800) 825-3636
Fax: (858) 535-1778
www.acefitness.org 

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, an athletic training graduate 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

Board of Certification, Inc.

4223 South 143rd Circle
Omaha, Nebraska 68137
Phone: (402) 559-0091
Fax: (402) 561-0598
www.bocatc.org

Athletic training majors usually sit for the Board of Certification Examination in April of their graduation year. Upon successful completion and fulfillment of graduation requirements, you will be a certified athletic trainer

National Strength & Conditioning Association

1955 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
Phone: (800) 815-6826
Fax: (719) 632-6367
www.nsca.com

The National Strength & Conditioning Association offers the only nationally accredited fitness certifications in the industry. Athletic training majors are eligible to sit for either of the two certifications offered by NSCA upon graduation. 

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

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Dr. Robert Hammill, Department Chair
540-828-5719
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