MS in Sports Conditioning Program Earns National Distinction

Published: February 15, 2017 | Author: Lexi Carter | Read Time: 2 minutes

Abigail Larsen, professor in the Master's Sports Conditioning and Performance Program.The Southern Utah University Master of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance (MSSCP) program has been recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for its hybrid curriculum, strong and diverse faculty and advanced professional outcomes. The only program in Utah to receive this recognition earning, SUU is distinguished as an approved strength and conditioning program meeting educational guidelines given by the NSCA.

Through the NSCA, a world-renowned organization for strength coaches, personal trainers, researchers and educators, the MSSCP program has been listed in the Education Recognition program under the graduate research track. Schools listed with ERP are distinguished for strength and conditioning or personal training curricula, preparing students for NSCA certification exams. 

One of 14 universities in the United States to deliver a research graduate curriculum and meet NSCA guidelines, SUU’s program is unique in delivery and content. Classes are offered online and an annual in-person training is delivered each summer. 

The MSSCP program was established to serve working professionals in the areas of physical education, coaching, personal training and fitness that were looking to further their education in the area of sport conditioning and performance. The program has since expanded its scope to provide health care professionals specific skills in sport conditioning and performance, and to prepare students for subsequent doctoral level studies.

“Our program is very specific, but has lent itself as a general gateway to various careers,” said Mark DeBeliso, MSSCP Program Director. “We are known for delivering quality outcomes rivaling the best residential programs, flexibility with online courses, and a very competitive price point.”

MSSCP faculty members encompass various educational and professional backgrounds. They include registered dietitians, former Olympians, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a professional soccer player. This combined expertise provides students a dynamic learning environment with professors working side-by-side on thesis proposals and publication and presentation skills.

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