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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching Graduate Certificate

Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching Program (online)


The Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching graduate certificate requires a minimum of 24 quarter hours (i.e., equivalent to roughly 18 semester hours). Our courses are offered year-round in each of the four academic quarters: fall, winter, spring and summer.

Required Core Courses (20 credits)

  • CPSY 4715: Strength & Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program Design (4)
    *May be substituted if student possesses CSCS.
  • CPSY 4710: Motor Learning and Sport Pedagogy (4)
  • CPSY 4730: Biomechanics of Athletic Performance (4)
  • CPSY 4720: Psychology of Athletic Performance (4)
  • CPSY TBD: Evidence Informed Strength and Conditioning and Fitness 1 (1 credit)
  • CPSY TBD: Evidence Informed Strength and Conditioning and Fitness 2 (1 credit)
  • CPSY TBD: Evidence Informed Strength and Conditioning and Fitness 3 (1 credit)
  • CPSY TBD: Evidence Informed Strength and Conditioning and Fitness 4 (1 credit)

Strength and Conditioning Practicum (2 credits)

CPSY TBD: Practicum in Strength and Conditioning Coaching (1 credit, completed twice over two different quarters)

Work one-on-one with a Coach Mentor

While enrolled in the Practicum course, students are individually paired with a coach mentor who is an experienced S&C coach or personal trainer (dependent upon the student's area of interest). Students meet virtually with their mentor for one hour each week throughout the quarter. The purpose of this is to provide an additional opportunity for growth and development, as well as expand the student's professional network. We are the only program in the world to offer this unique and valuable opportunity.

Approved Elective Courses (minimum 2 credits)

2 credits of electives from those below with approval from Program Director
CPSY 4635: Athletic and Performance Nutrition (2 credits)
CPSY 4610: Exercise Physiology (2 credits)
CPSY 4620: Kinesiology (2 credits)
CPSY 4722: Social Psychology of the Body and Performance (2 credits)
CPSY TBD: Tactical Strength and Conditioning (2 credits)
CPSY 4991: Independent Study (1-5 credits)

Program Requirements

1) Students must possess, or take, the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator certification exam, or a similar certification such as a personal trainer certification with prior approval from the program director; students do not have to pass the certification to complete the S&C certificate requirements.

2) While enrolled in the program, students must attend at least one S&C clinic, conference, or course (such as: DU sponsored S&C Clinic; NSCA's Fundamental Lifts Course; or NSCA's Coaches' or National Conference), preferably through the NSCA, with prior approval from Program Director.

3) Students must submit proof of CPR/First Aid certification, or complete the requirement within 3 months upon entering the program.

4) Students must consult with a mental skills consultant or S&C coach-mentor for two quarters, averaging about 1 hour per week for 10 weeks (consultant or mentor provided by the program).

5) Students must maintain professional standards for strength and conditioning coaches such as those set forth by the NSCA Standards and Guidelines for Strength and Conditioning Professionals document.