Required Courses

Limestone College's entry-level strength and conditioning education uses a hands on based approach in both the classroom and practical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to serve in the role of physician extenders with an emphasis on clinical reasoning skills.  Educational content is based on cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill), and affective (professional behaviors) competencies and clinical proficiencies (professional, practice-oriented outcomes).

Students must receive formal instruction in the following specific subject matter areas:

Foundational Courses                                    Professional Courses

Human anatomy                                                Strength Training & Program Design

Human physiology                                             Motor Learning

Exercise physiology                                           Weight Training Techniques & Instruction

Kinesiology/biomechanics                              Basic Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Chemistry                                                            First Aid and CPR

Statistics                                                             Strength & Conditioning Practicum

Personal & Community Health                        Strength & Conditioning Internship

Introduction to Psychology                                Sports Nutrition


Academic Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Freshman Year

BI 101: General Biology

PE 134: Weight Training

PE 139: Aerobic Conditioning

**CH 105: Essentials of Chemistry

**PS 101: Introduction to Psychology

PE 200: Foundations of Physical Education


Sophomore Year

BI 205: Human Anatomy

PE 331: Advanced Weight Training



PE 201: Personal & Community Health

PE 202: First Aid and CPR

BI 206: Human Physiology


Junior Year

PE 301: Kinesiology

PE 287: Sports Nutrition

PE 410: Psychology of Sport

PE 302: Exercise Physiology


PE 300: Strength Program Design

**PE 322: Motor Learning

PE 400: Management of PE

PE 320A: Measurements & Evaluations


Senior Year

PE 401: Strength & Conditioning Practicum

PE 492a: Strength & Conditioning Internship

** denotes that the classes are not currently part of the curriculum, but are strongly recommended

**CH 105 Essentials of Chemistry

A survey of chemistry including the basic theories and the properties of substances.

Designed for students whose professional objectives do not require a more intensive training in the quantitative aspects of chemistry. For students who have not had high school chemistry. Chemistry 105 is a prerequisite for Chemistry 110. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Lab fee. Credit, 4 hours.

**PS 101 - Introduction to Psychology

A survey of the major areas of psychological study.  Scientific psychology, psycho physiological processes, sociocultural determinants of behavior, personality development, and psychopathology.  Credit, 3 hours.

BI 101 - Introduction to Biology I

An introduction to the basic concepts in Biology, covering the chemical basis of life, the cell, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis, meiosis, basic concepts of genetics, evolutionary concepts and biological diversity. Laboratory required. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Students may not take Biology 113 or 114 in combination with either Biology 101 or 102 to fulfill their two course general education science requirement. Biology 101 is a pre-requisite for Biology 102. Lab Fee. Credit, 4 hours.

BI 205 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the systems of the human body: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, and reproductive.  Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.  Prerequisite: BI 101.  Lab fee.  Credit, 4 hours.

BI 206 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the systems of the human body: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, and reproductive.  Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.  Prerequisite: BI 205.  Lab fee.  Credit, 4 hours.

**MA 200 - Elementary Statistics

Graphical presentation of data, measures of central tendency, dispersion and ranking, basic probability, the binomial and normal distributions, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing and measures of correlation.  (Same as BA 200, EC 200, or PS 200).  Prerequisite: MA 091.  Credit, 3 hours.

PE 200 Foundations of Physical Education

An overview of the discipline of physical education, focusing on the development of principles from both historical and philosophical perspectives. The course includes information about areas of specialization and career options. Credit, 3 hours.

PE 201 Personal and Community Health

An examination of the factors which influence the health of individuals and communities including physiological, psychological, environmental, and sociological perspectives on health and wellness. Credit, 3 hours.

PE 202 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Emergency procedures for the care of victims of injuries and illnesses, including prevention, safety, and water safety.  The class includes skills and information and culminates in American Red Cross certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants, children, and adults. Lab fee. Credit, 3 hours.

PE 210/PE210H Basic Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Primary causes of injuries, analysis of preventive measures, care of injuries in relation to types of tissue involved. Not for Athletic Training students. Lab fee.

Credit, 2 hours.

PE 287 - Sports Nutrition

A study of basic nutrition and its effect upon growth and development, body composition, and human performance.  Credit, 2 hours.

PE 300 - Strength Training and Fitness Program Design

A study of the components of physical fitness, and how to analyze and apply the neuromuscular and physiological knowledge to determine the content and administration of preseason, in-season, and off-season programs for a variety of athletic teams at different levels of competition.  Credit, 2 hours.

PE 301 - Kinesiology

The study of human movement from structural and mechanical perspectives, including the analysis of motor skills.  Prerequisite: BI 205.  Credit, 3 hours.

PE 302 - Exercise Physiology

Responses and adaptations of body systems to activity stress.  Prerequisite: BI 206.  Credit, 3 hours.

**PE 322 Motor Learning

The study of the psychological and physiological factors which influence the acquisition of motor skills, including hereditary and environmental influences.

Prerequisites: Biology 205 and 206. Credit, 2 hours.

PE 320 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education

Testing and data analysis procedures for physical education with special emphasis on the evaluation of physical abilities and motor skills and on grading in physical education. Credit, 3 hours.

PE 331 Weight Training Techniques and Instruction

The purpose of this course is to introduce those students interested in the field of strength and conditioning to the techniques of Olympic style weight lifting, plyometrics and other explosive training methods as a means of improving athletic performance. The course aims to provide each student with a body of knowledge and practical knowledge to enable them to train a beginning athlete to a level where they can perform these movements safely and effectively. Prerequisites:

PE 134; Open only to Strength & Conditioning majors or by approval of the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator. Credit, 2

PE 401 Strength & Conditioning Practicum

In this course, student will be required to work on professional proficiencies in the class room as well as be required to fulfill the job description set forth and complete projects as set up by the intern director and the college. The practicum student's responsibilities weigh heavily on exercise technique instruction and correction. The student is also responsible for duties assigned by the Strength and Conditioning staff. These duties include general weight room management and maintenance. Prerequisites: PE 134 and PE 331; Open only to Strength & Conditioning majors or by approval of the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator. The internships require senior status and a minimum 2.5 grade.

PE 492A Strength & Conditioning Internship

Candidates will be responsible for obtaining an internship position in a college, private, professional, or high school strength and conditioning setting in order to gain work-related experience consistent with his/her area of study. The student will have faculty supervisor as well as an approved site supervisor to direct and supervise the student's daily activities. Also, the student will be required to make his/her formal application to the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and site supervisor as well as to complete the necessary paperwork the semester before the actual internship.

More information on this process is available from the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. A student is expected to complete 125 hours to earn a 3 semester credit, or 250 hours for a 6 hour credit. Internships require senior status, a minimum 2.5 GPA and advanced registration.

Prerequisites: PE 134, PE 300, PE 331, and PE 401; Open only to Strength & Conditioning majors or by approval of the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator. Credit, 3 hours.

NOTE: Internship will not be approved until all necessary completed forms are in the student's file. Students who attempt to begin an Internship without going through the appropriate process will receive an automatic administrative drop from the course, regardless of how many hours may have been accrued.