Three seems to be a magic number for William Woods University’s exercise
science program. A very large banner stands in the Center of Human Performance
hallway to display the academic program’s recognized status.
The program achieved recognized status through the National
Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program.
This is WWU’s third three-year recognition.
Anthony Lungstrum, chair of the human performance division,
said in a nutshell it feels really good to receive the honor.
“It helps show the level of a program we have. As far as
receiving national recognition for any academic program, it says a lot about
that academic program,” he said.
William Woods University is the only school in Missouri to
have received this accreditation. Lungstrum explained that the recognition
program is optional and not a requirement.
It is, however, a benefit that students can boast freely
Lungstrum said, “The recognized status provides our students
with a degree that is designed to meet the objectives of the strength and
conditioning association and is geared toward that certification test.”
Students are aware of the honor. They are encouraged to
include the information on their resume to make it known to their potential
employer, “and say ‘hey, our program did have this recognition,'” Lungstrum
He added, “Any time you have an academic program that has
gone through some formalized recognition or accreditation process, it helps to
take that program and put it a step above those that are not.”
Abbey Stock earned a Bachelor Science degree in exercise
science from William Woods University in 2010. She received her certification
through the American College of Sports Medicine, which can only be attained
with a college degree.
“Employers recognize this as an ‘elite’ status when applying
for jobs, as well as it has an impact on pay rates,” she said.
With her degree, Stock plans to continue working in the
wellness industry as a personal trainer and nutritionist and hopes to one day
advance to a management position.
The NSCA recognition program does have two more advantages
for students and WWU’s exercise science program. NSCA gives $25 to William
Woods for each student who registers for the certification test, while students
receive a $25 discount simply for signing up to take the test.
“That usually is a few students. We aren’t making money off
of this, but it’s nice every once in a while to receive a small check,”
After all the commotion settles, the exercise science program
plans to host workshops and clinics in partnership with Coach Bob Jones,
coordinator of fitness and recreation.
High school coaches and other strength and conditioning
specialists, as well as prospective students, will be invited to sign up for
these clinics. Both groups will receive continuing education hours.
“That’s in the works,”
Lungstrum said. “We are trying to figure out when we can accommodate this
workshop in the weight room.”
Stock works with Zach McDearmon. Both graduated with Bachelor Science degrees
in exercise science from WWU.