Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Concentration

About Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Get the right training to be a top sport performance coach.

Today's athletes want to achieve peak performance to compete and win, while avoiding injury. To be a top coach for athletes and other physically active people, choose our innovative degree concentration in performance enhancement and injury prevention in the online Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at PennWest California. 

PennWest California's exercise science and health promotion program is nationally ranked and recognized as a leader in offering high-quality education at a historic state university.

A degree that fits your career - and life.

This 100% online master's degree concentration is designed for:

  • Health/fitness professionals, personal trainers, coaches.
  • Educators.
  • Military professionals.
  • Others who want to learn about performance enhancement and fitness training program design.

Master's degree courses focus on the latest research and issues in sports performance training and injury prevention, and prepare you for the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam for Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) certification.


Fast track: With PennWest California's 100% online master's degree program, complete the 36 credit-hour performance enhancement and injury prevention program in 12 consecutive months full time or 17 months attending part time. 

Customize Your Program: Personalize your exercise science degree by selecting areas of focus that advance your career. Choose the performance enhancement and injury prevention concentration alone for a 36-credit degree, or combine it with one of these programs to create a 48-credit dual concentration. Certificate programs also are available in these areas:

NASM PES: Performance enhancement certification signals your expertise in training athletes to improve flexibility, speed, agility and performance. PES-certified trainers are equipped to apply the science of human movement to build top athletic performance.

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Complete PennWest California's master's degree in Exercise Science faster (in 12 months) than most other full-time graduate programs (18 or 24 months).
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PennWest California is the first academic partner of the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
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Degree Benefits

Our 100% online exercise science and health promotion master's degree enables you to:

  • Earn a graduate degree - and certification.
  • Fit classes into your busy work/life schedule.
  • Network with other professionals.
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Graduate Outcomes

Employers choose PennWest California quality: Exercise science and health promotion graduates are in top demand throughout professional sports, the fitness industry, university athletics, corporate settings and more.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs



Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 710  Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 750  Performance Enhancement Program Design 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 780  Current Topics in Performance Enhancement 3
PRF 810  Research in Performance Enhancement 3
Total 36



Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:

    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.50 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.49 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
      • Resume
      • Two professional letters of recommendation

An interview may be required by the Program Coordinator to determine potential success in the program.

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

  • Submit official transcripts by mail or email to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      PennWest California
      Box 91
      250 University Ave. 
      California, PA 15419
      Phone: 724-938-4187

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348



Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.


  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM 
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Dual Options

PennWest California offers dual concentration options. Combine your study of performance enhancement and injury prevention with one of these disciplines: applied sport science, group fitness leadership, nutrition, rehabilitation science, sport psychology or wellness coaching. Dual concentrations can be completed in as little as 18 months of full-time study.

PennWest California students use cardio machines in Herron Fitness Center.

Global Interest

PennWest California's exercise science degree program attracts students from every state and more than 20 countries. Full-time military personnel also enroll in PennWest California's 100% online degree program and receive our military tuition discount to support their educational goals.

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Top Faculty

Four PennWest California exercise science faculty members - Dr. William Biddington, Dr. Barry McGlumphy, Dr. Linda Meyer and Professor Julie Ramsey-Emrhein - are in the Hall of Fame for the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society.

Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Concentration Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Carol Biddington

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Dr. Marc S. Federico

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess

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Christina Lombardo

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby

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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

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Dr. Ellen J. West

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Dr. Tom West

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Additional Resources

Exercise Science Overview

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration