NMSU’s Program in Strength and Conditioning program receives NSCA Recognition for successfully meeting established criteria, the National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes the New Mexico State University’s Program in Strength and Conditioning.
The Kinesiology – Exercise Science Concentration is for students who are interested in the anatomical and physiological bases for human movement as it pertains to human performance. Many of the students in this program will go on to graduate programs in exercise science or enter directly into the wellness industry. Students interested in health careers (such as physical therapy or medicine) may choose this program but should also consider the “Clinical Exercise Science Concentration.”
Students are required to take several elective courses in addition to their curriculum requirements. Depending upon the student’s goals, students will meet with the Department Advisor and select courses which best meet the requirements necessary for application into professional and graduate programs. The vast majority of students entering this program seek professional graduate school tracks such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Nursing, Chiropractic Medicine, Medical School, and other allied health professions. Many others work in corporate wellness, fitness, personal training, military training and as well as many other private sectors. We have even had a student follow on with Law School where they are combining each for their profession.
Students should think beyond their degree plan and look for ways to make themselves highly marketable in the workforce. One additional method is to become certified. Here are two of the most common options we highly promote and support.
Students who complete the Exercise Prescription course will be well prepared (additional study is required) to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor’s Certification. The ACSM is considered the leading organization in the world in the area of allied health-human performance.
Students who complete the Principles of Strength and Conditioning course will be prepared (additional study is required) to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exams. The NSCA is considered to be the leading organization in the world on strength and conditioning.
As a final degree requirement, students will perform a 12 credit internship program. The internship is the culmination of the student’s education and is designed to allow the student to “apply” their knowledge. Students perform their internships in many places around the country and in some cases internationally. The 12 credit internship requires 450 hours (30 hours a week) at a facility which is agreed upon by the Program Director and/or Departmental Internship Coordinator. There are several requirements which must be met prior to beginning this experience. This internship is generally performed during a student’s final semester of study.
This track is an extremely rigorous program of scientific study and practical application. A student’s success is based on their application and desire to learn. This is not a program where we throw balls and play catch. The program is scientifically based and will test your aptitude. Those who apply themselves will reap the benefits of an outstanding undergraduate education which will lead to a very successful career.