Fitness, Strength and Conditioning Concentration

The fitness, strength and conditioning concentration in sport and wellness leadership is designed for students intending to pursue careers in the fitness industry, primarily in performance training and fitness facilities.

Employment in these areas of professional activity continues to improve, with strong career development opportunities. Students completing this option are well positioned for entry-level opportunities in the field. Some positions in the fitness industry are enhanced by graduate study. To improve employment potential, students are encouraged to obtain external certifications and participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities available at Radford University.


Undergraduate Program

Students in the fitness, strength and conditioning program complete core curriculum and major requirements established by the department. The program allows students to specialize in two of the following options:

  • Commercial
  • Martial Arts Instructor
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Performance Training
  • Children’s Fitness Programming

Graduates of this program have found employment as personal trainers, group fitness/wellness instructors, fitness/program directors and performance training coaches.

Students may advance to graduate programs in health related and strength and conditioning related fields. Graduates typically administer fitness tests, critique and coach exercise technique, produce exercise prescription, oversee equipment orientation, supervise personnel, conduct public relations and administer workshops on a variety of health, fitness, and performance topics.

A strong background in the exercise and biological sciences is highly emphasized and provides the structural framework for working and studying in the field.

Coursework in strength and conditioning, program development, exercise testing/prescription leadership, marketing and administration help prepare students for career advancement in the fitness industry and graduate study. Special skills and certifications are encouraged (e.g. ACSM, ACE, NCSA) as well as experiences working with strength and conditioning program, fitness testing, exercise prescription and personal training.

The minimum grade point average required to enter their internship is a 2.50 overall and 2.50 in the major. Internship success is enhanced when students have already pursued volunteer experience and special certifications in the field.

Electives are also encouraged in health, psychology, nutrition, and other areas supplementary to the field of leading people to physically active and healthy lifestyles. Students pursuing graduate degrees are encouraged to consult specific programs to determine requirements. Students are required in their last semester before graduation to complete an internship in which they will obtain roughly 270 hours of experience in their related field.

Students interested in transferring to Radford University in fitness, strength and conditioning from VCCS are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Science including the following courses:

  • MATH 137 (MTH 158)
  • BIOL 105 (BIO 101)
  • PSYC 121 (PSY 200)
  • STAT 200 (MTH 157, 240 or 241)
  • HLTH 200 (HLT 116)