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Island University Kinesiology Department Receives Recertification from Exclusive NSCA ERP Program

January 20, 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Kinesiology program in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has once again made it onto an exclusive list of programs that have been recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Education Recognition Program (NSCA), for the undergraduate and graduate level strength and conditioning program. Only five Universities in Texas have this recognition from the NSCA in strength and conditioning.

“We’re very excited to receive this recertification. Along with credibility, this certification also gives us a lot of exposure,” said Dr. Frank Spaniol, Professor and NSCA Program Coordinator for the Kinesiology program. “There have been students who have come to us from all over the world, and many of them have told me that they chose our University based on our affiliation with the NSCA website.”

This marks the sixth year the Kinesiology undergraduate program and the fifth year the graduate program have been recognized by the NSCA. The NSCA certification, which lasts for three years, gives students access to special scholarships, grants, preferential treatment and discounts at conferences. Students also receive access to special internships at the NSCA world headquarters located in Colorado Springs, where the Olympic training centers are located.

To complete the application, Spaniol worked very closely with Dr. Don Melrose, Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Dr. Misty Kesterson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, and Liz Perez, Administrative Associate for the Department of Kinesiology. To qualify for the NSCA recognition, the Kinesiology program had to meet strict standards. Programs are accepted based on the credentials of the faculty, quality and specificity of the curriculum and institutional accreditation. 

“We’re constantly evaluating and developing our curriculum to meet the needs of our certification,” said Spaniol. “We tailor our classes to meet the needs of not only our students, but also employers and to reflect recent research in the field.”

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