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NKU’s Exercise Science Program Receives National Strength and Conditioning Association Recognition

NKU students Exercise Science Program Director Wiley Piazza talks with students.

June 19, 2018– Northern Kentucky University has been named to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)’s Education Recognition Program (ERP).

To receive this designation, NKU’s Exercise Science program had to meet the criteria in the ERP Undergraduate Strength and Conditioning Program’s eight categories. Mr. Wiley Piazza, program director and lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, compiled NKU’s application.     

“NSCA has been the industry leader in Strength and Conditioning for over 35 years,” said Mr. Piazza. “Because Exercise Science doesn’t have a governing body like Athletic Training, we applied to become an ERP to ensure our curriculum is on the right track. NSCA did a thorough review of our course offerings, and this recognition speaks to the quality of our program, our faculty and our leadership.”     

Students attending an NSCA Recognized School also receive a discount on the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification exam. The ERP recognition lasts for three years before needed to be renewed. For more on NKU’s Exercise Science program, click here.  

About the NSCA Education Recognition Program: The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA. The ERP Undergraduate Strength and Conditioning Program distinguishes academic institutions that offer a baccalaureate degree in strength and conditioning. Click here for more details.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit