Dr. James Hesson, professor of Exercise Science at Black Hills State University, was recently recertified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Hesson is certified in two NSCA specializations, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the year 2011.

Currently Hesson is the only individual in the state of South Dakota that is dual certified with dual distinction. He recently received a letter of congratulations from the NSCA Certification Commission on his dual certification. There are extensive requirements that must be met to become certified and recertified by the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and as a Certified Personal Trainer.

This high level of certification is another indication of the high quality of the Exercise Science major at BHSU. As a certified member of the NSCA Hesson has access to the latest research findings, the most advanced techniques, and the most up-to-date conditioning practices and injury prevention methods.

BHSU offers a major in Exercise Science that prepares students for work in health related fitness or to pursue graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, nursing and other related fields.