Program Overview

California University of Pennsylvania’s main focus for its Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention program is to prepare students for exercise science and health promotion in management and leadership career positions in many different areas and settings. These areas include military, fitness and wellness centers, hospitals, colleges and universities, and private practice, among many others.

This particular track (Cal U offers four different tracks within the Exercise Program) is designed for fitness-forward individuals who want to learn more about fitness training and performance programs designed for athletes and physically active people. The focus will be on research and current issues in sport performance training and injury prevention.

Core courses will include Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness, Essentials of Human Movement Science, and Nutrition for Peak Performance, among three other classes for a total of 18 credit hours. Students will also participate in four more classes within the Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Track to make the total of the program 30 credit hours. The program will be taught over a period of 12 months.

Should students enroll in this track, they should be prepared to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) certification. Earning the NASM PES shows ability to design sports performance programs that help athletes maximize their potential and reduce risk of injury.

While attending Cal U, assistantships as an Athletic Trainer are available via other universities. However, these other universities must be willing to generate a Graduate Assistant or Internship position.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


    Students must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average, based on a 4.0; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement but have a minimum GPA above a 2.50 may request consideration by submitting, via e-mail, a resume indicating their experience in the sport industry and a list of at least two professional references.

    School Overview

    Established in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is a medium-sized campus located in California, Pennsylvania, in a rural area 35 miles away from Pittsburgh. This school is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies. Students can choose from one of more than 75 online associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees offered completely online. You’ll receive the same diploma you would from one of our on-campus programs.


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