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NMSU program gains national recognition

New Mexico State University's Educational Strength and Conditioning program has been recognized and accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA), the world's leading organization in the area of strength and conditioning.

U program is geared toward people interested in pursuing careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science fields, strength and conditioning and graduate school.

Joe Berning, NMSU exercise physiologist, says the program's recognition shows that NMSU has met the high standards set forth by the NSCA providing students with the necessary education to sit for the NSCA's nationally recognized personal training and certified strength and conditioning specialist certifications.

"With more credentials and more knowledge, students who graduate from our program will be more marketable for employers," Berning said. "If students receive these credentials, they will have a better chance of getting a job and/or getting into graduate school."

The recognition allows NMSU to be listed on the NCSA Web site as a certified school and allows NMSU to post vacancies for faculty positions, graduate assistantships and jobs online. NMSU also will be recognized in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and the NCSA Bulletin, published throughout the year.

The recertification process takes place every three years. The strength and conditioning program is part of the kinesiology degree in the Physical Education Recreation and Dance Department of the College of Education.