Hiram College students interested in careers involving athlete training and rehabilitation will have opportunities to add new credentials to their resumes. The College’s integrative exercise science program was recently approved as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program (ERP). What does this mean for Hiram students? Michael Rebold, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor of integrative exercise science, says that the College’s new ERP designation will bring hands-on clinical work, discounted certification exams, regional and national conferences, and opportunities for internships, assistantships, scholarships, and grants to students.
“Hiram College never had a program like this before. The NSCA Education Recognition Program ensures excellence for students in the classroom as well as long-term professional success after graduation,” Dr. Rebold says. He explains that ERP recognizes and distinguishes schools with strength and conditioning or personal training curricula that prepare students for NSCA certification exams.
Criteria Hiram met to earn the distinction include: regional accreditation within the U.S.; a strength and conditioning educational program that is part of curriculum that offers a baccalaureate degree (i.e., Hiram’s B.A. in integrative exercise science); and a full-time Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CRCS) who is a faculty member.
“A successful career within the field of integrative exercise science begins with a great classroom education and is progressed by the challenges, encouragement, and opportunities necessary for future successes,” says Dr. Rebold. “This includes being exposed to the right certifications, professional development, and networking that can only be found through the NSCA and that will allow our students to stand out from others.”
Hiram College will retain its current ERP status for three years.