Hastings College launches Strength and Performance Coaching certificate program

Hastings College is launching an accelerated graduate-level Strength and Performance Coaching (SPC) certificate for coaches, health care professionals or physical educators looking to advance their knowledge and skills to implement high-quality strength and conditioning programs.

Within the SPC certificate program, students will learn through practical application, with Hastings College faculty teaching anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and designing effective programs.

“We have been building this program since the National Strength and Conditioning Association approved Hastings College for its Education Recognition Program,” said Becky Hamik, assistant professor of physical education and human performance. “We’re excited to offer this certificate program, as our faculty are highly equipped to train other professionals to help their teams meet their goals.”

The program consists of five courses, four of which are fully online. The fifth course includes a limited on-campus component. Each course follows the Hastings College academic calendar, with the first course launching in January 2021.

Courses include Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy, Physiology of Performance, Program Design, Coaching Practicum and a Coaching Seminar.

The program is designed to fit in the schedules of professionals who can apply their teachings to their current work employment. Additional details and application information can be found at hastings.edu/spc.

Admission to the program requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Physical Education & Health, Exercise Science or related field, or permission of the program director. The cost of the full program is $5,000.

After being awarded the SPC certificate, students will have the skills to critically evaluate and analyze the scientific body of literature surrounding strength and conditioning, design and implement an evidence-informed strength and conditioning program and demonstrate proficiency in coaching assistance exercises among other skills.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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