Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate

The Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate is designed for post-baccalaureate students who want to become a certified strength and conditioning professional or want to learn more about the human body as it pertains to sport performance. Many sport coaches (middle school, high school, and college level) are required to design and implement strength and conditioning programs for their sport teams without much, if any, experience in the area of physiology and sport performance. The result is often a poorly designed training program, which ultimately could lead to injuries, over training and/or decline in performance. One of the many benefits to this certificate is the possibility to complete 100% online depending on the courses you select (see below). This certificate will provide the individual with current standards and training methods in strength and conditioning to help assess, monitor and design well-rounded training programs with the primary emphasis on enhancing athletic performance in athletes of all ages.  


Why a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate?
  • Improve understanding/knowledge of athletic performance
  • Exposure to current resistance training/conditioning methods
  • Demonstrates credibility to current/future employers in area of strength and conditioning
  • Helps prepare for National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
  • Able to be completed 100% online depending on electives that are selected
Certification Requirements

Required Courses (6 credit hours)

KINS 6603 Performance Physiology (offered Fall semester – online)

KINS 6643 Design & Implementation of Human Performance Programs (offered Spring semester – online)

Electives (9 credit hours – choose three electives)

KINS 6613 Methods of Human Performance I (offered Summer & Fall – in-person)

KINS 6633 Methods of Human Performance II (offered Summer & Spring – in-person)

KINS 6653 Sports Nutrition (offered Spring semester – online)

KINS 6623 Advanced Sport & Exercise Psychology (offered Spring semester – online)

KINS 6673: Athlete Monitoring (offered Summer & Fall – in person)

KINS 6823 Administration Health & Human Services (offered Fall semester – online)

Total: 15 credits

Program Coordinator

Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate

Picture of Dr. Joanne Spalding

Joanne Spalding

Assistant Professor - Exercise Science and MS Health and Human Performance - Coaching and Athletic Performance Coordinator
335 Health Sciences Building

Ph.D., Sport Physiology and Performance, East Tennessee State University


Dr. Spalding received her BA from Northeastern State University Oklahoma in Health and Human Performance, she completed her MBA from Averett University, and a MA and Ph.D. in Sports Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University. Prior to coming to Georgia College, she was an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at ETSU as well as an instructor in their undergraduate exercise science department. Dr. Spalding brings with her professional practice expertise through her work as a coach at the collegiate and club level and as a sports scientist for club, high school and college level athletic teams. Her teaching and scholarship interests include long-term athletic development and monitoring at the club, high school and college level.