Strength And Conditioning

David Pavlat (program director), John Roslien (Kinesiology chair), Leslie Duinink, Kayla Engelhard, Shelli Green, Kyle Johnson, Monica Ruiz, Matthew Sagar, Sara Shuger-Fox, Katelin Valster

Statement of philosophy

The strength and conditioning program will provide experiences in collaboration with strength and conditioning professionals enabling the strength and conditioning student to master the student outcomes as prescribed by the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE) necessary to be a competent, professional entry level strength and conditioning coaches. Strength and conditioning education will occur within the liberal arts framework and the mission of Central College. This will occur through interactions with staff, faculty, practicum instructors and peers within the College and the Pella community.

 The Strength and Conditioning Program went through a CASCE accreditation visit in the spring of 2022. Students wishing to prepare for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) must complete a CASCE accredited program to sit for the certification exam.

 The primary objective of the Central College Strength and Conditioning Program is to prepare entry-level strength and conditioning coaches. Strength and conditioning program students are provided with practicum experiences that develop and enhance their skills. The practicum experiences are an extension of the academic classroom and allow students to master program outcomes.

Admission to the Strength and Conditioning Program

Students interested in applying to the strength and conditioning program and majoring in strength and conditioning should contact the program director. The application and interview process will occur during the freshman or sophomore year, prior to officially beginning the program. The requirements to complete the strength and conditioning program include five semesters of coursework over three years. To receive an application, student handbook, copy of the technical standards, transfer policy, GPA requirements, and to get the most current information regarding this program, contact the director of the Strength and Conditioning Program, or go to

Major Communication Skills

A communication skills endorsement from the Strength and Conditioning Program indicates students have achieved college level mastery in both the written and verbal domain. Communication skills will be assessed using predetermined rubric tools in the following classes: KIN 254, KIN 257, KIN 334, and KIN 460. Students assessed as needing further development will be referred to the S&CP program director for a prescriptive plan to improve their communication skills.


Major Requirements (57 credits)

1. Complete all of the following:

KIN 111 Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (4)
KIN 120 Theory and Practical Application of Health-Related Fitness (3)
KIN 121 Theory and Practical Application of Skill-Related Fitness (3)
KIN 149 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)
KIN 151 First Aid and Sports Injuries (3)
KIN 213 Principles of Coaching (3)
KIN 254 Human Anatomy and Kinesiology with Lab (4)
KIN 257 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (4)
KIN 293 Practicum in Strength and Conditioning I (3)
KIN 330 Exercise Psychology (4)
KIN 334 Sports Nutrition (4)
KIN 361 Biomechanics with Lab (4)
KIN 372 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning (4)
KIN 393 Practicum in Strength and Conditioning II (3)
KIN 460 Exercise Physiology (3)
KIN 461 Exercise Physiology Lab (2)
KIN 493 Practicum in Strength and Conditioning III (3)