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Allied Health: Strength and Conditioning

Help others improve their fitness and athletic performance.

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Strength and Conditioning

The Strength and Conditioning track readies students to pursue careers like personal trainers with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programs with the primary goal of improving athletic performance. Learn how to conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.

Offerings
Bachelor of Science - Allied Health
Field of Study
Health & Movement Sciences
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum

Strength and Conditioning is one of three tracks available under the Allied Health major. In order to complete this program, you must complete both the core requirements for the Allied Health major, and the Strength and Conditioning track requirements.

  • BS Degree - Allied Health Core Requirements

    In addition to Graceland’s general education requirements(*), all majors in Allied Health must complete the core requirements listed below. Additionally, it is highly recommended that students choose from of the the three tracks: Pre-PT/OT, Pre-AT/DC, or Strength and Conditioning.

    Requirements for Allied Health Major (37):

    Courses Offered
    • ATHT2500Medical Terminology
      ATHT2500 Medical Terminology - 2 s.h.

      A self-study, programmed-based opportunity to learn and understand medical terminology.

    • ATHT3100Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
      ATHT3100 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries - 3 s.h.

      Techniques of injury prevention and caring for athletic injuries.

    • HLTH1100First Aid
      HLTH1100 First Aid - 1 s.h.

      The development of practical skills in the emergency treatment of the injured. Some attention will be given to the prevention of injuries. The content to be covered will include the Standard and Advanced levels of the First Aid program sponsored by the National Red Cross. Students holding current, equivalent certifications will receive an automatic waiver for the class. This is to be verified by the instructor of the class or the Health and Movement Science Division Chair. Additional fee required.

    • HLTH2560Nutrition
      HLTH2560 Nutrition - 3 s.h.

      A study the principles of nutrition as it relates to health, exercise, sports and disease. Students will be presented with applied content that includes research-based guidelines meant to help students differentiate between nutrition recommendations that are backed by science and the overabundance of false and misleading information. Goal 1A

    • HMSC3200Foundations of Evidence Based Practice
      HMSC3200 Foundations of Evidence Based Practice - 3 s.h.

      Presentation of introductory research and writing methods. Introduction to the application of evidence-based practice using various tools to evaluate the research as evidence. This class will result in a final critically appraised topic paper and poster presentation.

    • MATH1370Statistics for Sciences
      MATH1370 Statistics for Sciences - 3 s.h.

      Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

    • PHED1500Introduction to Kinesiology
      PHED1500 Introduction to Kinesiology - 3 s.h.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to anatomical movements in the body. Students will examine the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, endocrine system, and their relationships with exercise science.

    • PHED1600Corrective Exercise
      PHED1600 Corrective Exercise - 3 s.h.

      A detailed view of the NASM Corrective Exercise Continuum with analysis of movement dysfunction and the principles applied to musculoskeletal function. The course examines the anatomy of full-body movement and function as it relates to activities of daily living, athletics, and exercise. Utilizing theory and practice-based approaches, the course details functional movement impairments and application of restorative theory. Prerequisite: PHED1500 Introduction to Kinesiology

    • PHED2120Motor Learning
      PHED2120 Motor Learning - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the principles involved in learning and teaching motor skills.

    • PHED2260Introduction to Performance Training
      PHED2260 Introduction to Performance Training - 3 s.h.

      Theory and application of performance training to include flexibility, core, balance, plyometric, resistance, and power training. Using an integrated approach to performance students will explore programming and periodization for sport and human performance. Prerequisite: PHED1600. A grade of C or higher required to count toward the Allied Health major.

    • PHED3340Biomechanics with Lab
      PHED3340 Biomechanics with Lab - 4 s.h.

      A systematic study of the bones, joints, and muscles of the human body as well as internal external forces initiating and modifying movement. Includes a lab experience. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 or BIOL3420 with a grade of "C" or higher. A grade of C or higher required to count toward the Allied Health major.

    • PHED4360Physiology of Exercise
      PHED4360 Physiology of Exercise - 3 s.h.

      The principles and practices of energizing the human body for physical exercise. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 or BIOL3440 with a grade of "C" or better. A grade of C or higher required to count toward the Allied Health major.

    • PHED4725Practicum of Clinical Assessment
      PHED4725 Practicum of Clinical Assessment - 3 s.h.

      Practicum of Clinical Assessment is designed to allow students to apply appropriate dynamic and transitional movement assessments, strength and range of motion screening, and design and apply appropriate corrective exercises to various populations. Students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Pre- or Corequisite: PHED4500. Must pass with "C" or better.

    • PHED4726Practicum of Human Performance
      PHED4726 Practicum of Human Performance - 3 s.h.

      Practicum of Human Performance is designed to allow students to design and apply appropriate corrective exercises, and initiate fitness and performance enhancement programming for various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous and concurrent coursework. Pre- or Corequisite: PHED4500. Must pass with "C" or better.

    • PHED4750Allied Health Capstone
      PHED4750 Allied Health Capstone - 3 s.h.

      The Allied Health Capstone is designed to enable students to continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework in a practical setting(s).  The clinical focus of the Allied Health Capstone will be the student’s chosen career field (ex: athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.).  Class time will be spent focusing on the connection between coursework and practical application.  Clinical sites will be arranged for each student prior to the beginning of the course.

    • PSYC1300Introductory Psychology
      PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    ATHT2500Medical Terminology ATHT3100Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries HLTH1100First Aid HLTH2560Nutrition HMSC3200Foundations of Evidence Based Practice MATH1370Statistics for Sciences PHED1500Introduction to Kinesiology PHED1600Corrective Exercise PHED2120Motor Learning PHED2260Introduction to Performance Training PHED3340Biomechanics with Lab PHED4360Physiology of Exercise PHED4725Practicum of Clinical Assessment PHED4726Practicum of Human Performance PHED4750Allied Health Capstone PSYC1300Introductory Psychology
    Course Descriptions
    ATHT2500 Medical Terminology - 2 s.h.

    A self-study, programmed-based opportunity to learn and understand medical terminology.

    ATHT3100 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries - 3 s.h.

    Techniques of injury prevention and caring for athletic injuries.

    HLTH1100 First Aid - 1 s.h.

    The development of practical skills in the emergency treatment of the injured. Some attention will be given to the prevention of injuries. The content to be covered will include the Standard and Advanced levels of the First Aid program sponsored by the National Red Cross. Students holding current, equivalent certifications will receive an automatic waiver for the class. This is to be verified by the instructor of the class or the Health and Movement Science Division Chair. Additional fee required.

    HLTH2560 Nutrition - 3 s.h.

    A study the principles of nutrition as it relates to health, exercise, sports and disease. Students will be presented with applied content that includes research-based guidelines meant to help students differentiate between nutrition recommendations that are backed by science and the overabundance of false and misleading information. Goal 1A

    HMSC3200 Foundations of Evidence Based Practice - 3 s.h.

    Presentation of introductory research and writing methods. Introduction to the application of evidence-based practice using various tools to evaluate the research as evidence. This class will result in a final critically appraised topic paper and poster presentation.

    MATH1370 Statistics for Sciences - 3 s.h.

    Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

    PHED1500 Introduction to Kinesiology - 3 s.h.

    This course is designed to introduce students to the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to anatomical movements in the body. Students will examine the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, endocrine system, and their relationships with exercise science.

    PHED1600 Corrective Exercise - 3 s.h.

    A detailed view of the NASM Corrective Exercise Continuum with analysis of movement dysfunction and the principles applied to musculoskeletal function. The course examines the anatomy of full-body movement and function as it relates to activities of daily living, athletics, and exercise. Utilizing theory and practice-based approaches, the course details functional movement impairments and application of restorative theory. Prerequisite: PHED1500 Introduction to Kinesiology

    PHED2120 Motor Learning - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the principles involved in learning and teaching motor skills.

    PHED2260 Introduction to Performance Training - 3 s.h.

    Theory and application of performance training to include flexibility, core, balance, plyometric, resistance, and power training. Using an integrated approach to performance students will explore programming and periodization for sport and human performance. Prerequisite: PHED1600. A grade of C or higher required to count toward the Allied Health major.

    PHED3340 Biomechanics with Lab - 4 s.h.

    A systematic study of the bones, joints, and muscles of the human body as well as internal external forces initiating and modifying movement. Includes a lab experience. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 or BIOL3420 with a grade of "C" or higher. A grade of C or higher required to count toward the Allied Health major.

    PHED4360 Physiology of Exercise - 3 s.h.

    The principles and practices of energizing the human body for physical exercise. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 or BIOL3440 with a grade of "C" or better. A grade of C or higher required to count toward the Allied Health major.

    PHED4725 Practicum of Clinical Assessment - 3 s.h.

    Practicum of Clinical Assessment is designed to allow students to apply appropriate dynamic and transitional movement assessments, strength and range of motion screening, and design and apply appropriate corrective exercises to various populations. Students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Pre- or Corequisite: PHED4500. Must pass with "C" or better.

    PHED4726 Practicum of Human Performance - 3 s.h.

    Practicum of Human Performance is designed to allow students to design and apply appropriate corrective exercises, and initiate fitness and performance enhancement programming for various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous and concurrent coursework. Pre- or Corequisite: PHED4500. Must pass with "C" or better.

    PHED4750 Allied Health Capstone - 3 s.h.

    The Allied Health Capstone is designed to enable students to continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework in a practical setting(s).  The clinical focus of the Allied Health Capstone will be the student’s chosen career field (ex: athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.).  Class time will be spent focusing on the connection between coursework and practical application.  Clinical sites will be arranged for each student prior to the beginning of the course.

    PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

  • BS Degree - Allied Health - Strength and Conditioning Track

    Allied Health: Strength and Conditioning Track

    The Allied Health track in Strength and Conditioning is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in strength and conditioning, personal training, corporate wellness, or a graduate degree in exercise physiology, etc. Students will gain the scientific background necessary to be quality practitioners.

    Please contact Frankie Porter at frankie1@graceland.edu for more information.

    Additional required courses for Allied Health Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

    Courses Offered
    • BIOL2300Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2)
      BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2) - 3 s.h.

      The study of structure and function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system level. All organ systems are discussed. Emphasis is on the anatomy of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. Laboratory includes both gross and microscopic structure and function. (One year each of high school biology and chemistry or the equivalent strongly recommended.) Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    • BIOL3420Human Anatomy with Lab
      BIOL3420 Human Anatomy with Lab - 4 s.h.

      A study of gross human anatomy utilizing charts, three dimensional models, computer simulations, and dissection of mammalian animals. The course will discuss regional and surface anatomy to establish the relationships of the various organ systems of the body. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL2100 or PHED1500.

    • BIOL3440Human Physiology with Lab
      BIOL3440 Human Physiology with Lab - 4 s.h.

      A systems oriented study of the function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels with an emphasis on medical physiology. Laboratory includes computer simulations and use of Biopac equipment. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL3420 (grade of C or better strongly recommended) and one semester of chemistry or BIOL2100.

    • HLTH3100Drugs Education and Behavior
      HLTH3100 Drugs Education and Behavior - 3 s.h.

      This course will prepare the student to become an effective drug educator with emphasis on historical and current drug use and trends and its effects on society and human behavior. (Goal is for students to make positive decisions to protect their own health but also higher understanding of effects to social health/life when others use or abuse drugs.)

    • HLTH3220Personal and Community Health
      HLTH3220 Personal and Community Health - 3 s.h.

      A foundational course designed for students to become informed about health as well as becoming responsible and active participants in the maintenance of their personal health and affecting the health of their community. The course is intended to provide coverage of health promotion, mental health, stress management, afflictions and diseases, aging, environmental health, consumerism and health care and promotion. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability.

    • HLTH3560Sports Nutrition
      HLTH3560 Sports Nutrition - 3 s.h.

      The course is designed to evaluate the study of nutrition as it specifically relates to physical activity, fitness, and sport performance. This course evaluates the evidence-based nutritional needs and use of various fuel types for a variety of physical activity. From the review of energy balance, body composition, and roles of specific nutrients, to the evaluation of nutritional claims and performance enhancing products. Prerequisite: HLTH2560.

    • PHED3120Speed, Agility and Endurance
      PHED3120 Speed, Agility and Endurance - 3 s.h.

      Theory and practical application of running, jumping, directional change, stability and other related mobility skills designed to enhance on and off-the-ground performance.

    • PHED3130Sports Psychology (also PSYC3130)
      PHED3130 Sports Psychology (also PSYC3130) - 3 s.h.

      Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

    • PHED4500Performance Enhancement Programming
      PHED4500 Performance Enhancement Programming - 3 s.h.

      Study of the variety of tools available to assess human performance. A broad range of instrumentation will be utilized. Prescriptive models will be studied and applied as a practical means of directing client performance training. Prerequisites: PHED1500 and PHED2260 with a "C" or better.

    • PHED4730Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning
      PHED4730 Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning - 3 s.h.

      Theory and application of advanced principles in programming periodization with in depth analysis of physiological adaptations from performance training. Completion of the course will prepare students for the NSCA CSCS certification. Prerequisite: PHED4500.

    • PSYC3130Sports Psychology (also PHED3130)
      PSYC3130 Sports Psychology (also PHED3130) - 3 s.h.

      Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

    BIOL2300Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2) BIOL3420Human Anatomy with Lab BIOL3440Human Physiology with Lab HLTH3100Drugs Education and Behavior HLTH3220Personal and Community Health HLTH3560Sports Nutrition PHED3120Speed, Agility and Endurance PHED3130Sports Psychology (also PSYC3130) PHED4500Performance Enhancement Programming PHED4730Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning PSYC3130Sports Psychology (also PHED3130)
    Course Descriptions
    BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2) - 3 s.h.

    The study of structure and function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system level. All organ systems are discussed. Emphasis is on the anatomy of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. Laboratory includes both gross and microscopic structure and function. (One year each of high school biology and chemistry or the equivalent strongly recommended.) Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    BIOL3420 Human Anatomy with Lab - 4 s.h.

    A study of gross human anatomy utilizing charts, three dimensional models, computer simulations, and dissection of mammalian animals. The course will discuss regional and surface anatomy to establish the relationships of the various organ systems of the body. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL2100 or PHED1500.

    BIOL3440 Human Physiology with Lab - 4 s.h.

    A systems oriented study of the function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels with an emphasis on medical physiology. Laboratory includes computer simulations and use of Biopac equipment. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL3420 (grade of C or better strongly recommended) and one semester of chemistry or BIOL2100.

    HLTH3100 Drugs Education and Behavior - 3 s.h.

    This course will prepare the student to become an effective drug educator with emphasis on historical and current drug use and trends and its effects on society and human behavior. (Goal is for students to make positive decisions to protect their own health but also higher understanding of effects to social health/life when others use or abuse drugs.)

    HLTH3220 Personal and Community Health - 3 s.h.

    A foundational course designed for students to become informed about health as well as becoming responsible and active participants in the maintenance of their personal health and affecting the health of their community. The course is intended to provide coverage of health promotion, mental health, stress management, afflictions and diseases, aging, environmental health, consumerism and health care and promotion. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability.

    HLTH3560 Sports Nutrition - 3 s.h.

    The course is designed to evaluate the study of nutrition as it specifically relates to physical activity, fitness, and sport performance. This course evaluates the evidence-based nutritional needs and use of various fuel types for a variety of physical activity. From the review of energy balance, body composition, and roles of specific nutrients, to the evaluation of nutritional claims and performance enhancing products. Prerequisite: HLTH2560.

    PHED3120 Speed, Agility and Endurance - 3 s.h.

    Theory and practical application of running, jumping, directional change, stability and other related mobility skills designed to enhance on and off-the-ground performance.

    PHED3130 Sports Psychology (also PSYC3130) - 3 s.h.

    Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

    PHED4500 Performance Enhancement Programming - 3 s.h.

    Study of the variety of tools available to assess human performance. A broad range of instrumentation will be utilized. Prescriptive models will be studied and applied as a practical means of directing client performance training. Prerequisites: PHED1500 and PHED2260 with a "C" or better.

    PHED4730 Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning - 3 s.h.

    Theory and application of advanced principles in programming periodization with in depth analysis of physiological adaptations from performance training. Completion of the course will prepare students for the NSCA CSCS certification. Prerequisite: PHED4500.

    PSYC3130 Sports Psychology (also PHED3130) - 3 s.h.

    Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

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Career Growth Ahead

A Strength and Conditioning major can help to prepare you for a career as a:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Personal/Athletic Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • High-Performance Manager or Associate Athletic Director

… and many other exciting fields. 

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