Beginning in fall 2023, Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) will offer a graduate certificate in sports performance.
The CUKC Graduate Certificate in Sports Performance (CSP) will be a 12-credit-hour program offered in 8-week modules through the University’s College of Health Sciences. The program can be completed in one academic term, or three academic terms, and coursework is entirely online.
The CSP is designed for those in health, fitness, wellness, and sports-related fields, including future and current doctors of chiropractic. It can also be the ideal educational “next step” for coaches, athletic trainers, and other performance professionals who work with everyone from high school teams to professional athletes, to “weekend warriors.”
The certificate will be beneficial for those interested in next-level information regarding physiology, nutrition, and individualized training methods. For those seeking a better understanding of an athlete’s movement patterns, muscle imbalances, and injury risks, the CSP program can provide the advanced educational coursework needed to meet those goals as well.
Areas explored within the CSP include:
- Exercise physiology
- Strength and conditioning
- Nutrition and sports performance
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Performance analysis
- Psychology and mental skills training
- Sports medicine.
Dr. Diane Bartholomew, vice president of academic affairs at CUKC, said she is excited about the benefits the CSP program can provide to those who choose to pursue it.
“Graduate-level coursework of this kind will provide individuals with additional expertise in sports performance, and can open doors to more opportunities with sports teams, fitness centers, rehabilitation clinics, and performance enhancement centers,” Bartholomew said. “The specialized knowledge acquired from our certificate curriculum can set candidates apart from the competition during job applications and interviews, increasing their chances of securing employment.”
A comprehensive sports performance program like this would also benefit those with bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology, exercise science, athletic training, or other health and fitness areas. In addition, all courses in the CSP program are required components of the Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance degree at CUKC, so pursuing the certificate will allow for a quick start to an additional degree, if desired.
About Cleveland University-Kansas City (formerly Cleveland Chiropractic College)
Cleveland University-Kansas City is an independent, nonprofit, regionally accredited institution of higher education with a mission focused on health promotion through education, scholarship, and service.
Cleveland University-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC accreditation verifies that higher education institutions meet high standards and are engaged in continuous improvement. HLC’s institutional accreditation includes all degree levels as well as on-site and online offerings.
- Founded in 1922 by the Cleveland family, Cleveland University-Kansas City is a recognized leader in chiropractic and health sciences education.
- The University offers the following degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic, B.S. in Human Biology, B.S. in Exercise Science, A.A. in Biological Sciences, A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology, M.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance, Graduate Certificate in Sports Performance
- Approximately 11,600 alumni throughout the U.S. and internationally
- Student-to-instructor ratio: 9:1
- Average entering GPA: 3.27
- Student demographics
Mean age: 26
Student Origin: Students are from 29 states and three other countries