How much of a background in anatomy and physiology do you need for further eduction?

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    Nov 08, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    Hi y'all,

    So next year should be a relatively quiet year for me work-wise, so I have been thinking of going back to university and studying. The course I have in mind is a Graduate Certificate in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning)

    http://www.reachyourpotential.com.au/futurestudents/courses/M27

    It says you need an undergrad in sports science or human movement or something similar. My background is all psychology, public health, epidemiology. I do have personal training qualifications though. I emailed the course coordinator and based on all my qualifications they said they would accept me, but advised I may have difficulty.

    Has anyone else out there (with no background in sports science or a related field) gone on to study personal training or something else the requires all this knowledge? Or, if you do have this sort of background, how much knowledge do you really need to have?

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    Nov 08, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    (bump coz I'm impatient hehe)
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    Nov 08, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    Wow! Going back to school for another degree. I toyed w/the idea of chucking it all and going back for masters in physical therapy. Got a promotion and stayed put. Mentally I am ready to retire and go fishing. Got 9 years left though.
    You've demonstrated an aptitude for academics already. I'd say go for it. What's the worse that could happen? You'd have to withdrawl, take a class over or finish a little later than you planned.
    I took comparative vertebrate anatomy my Sr. year as an undergrad and it took up 50% of my time that semester (1984). It was hard and I loved it.
    Report back in a year or so bragging about a new degree and career path.
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    Nov 08, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    I'm going to school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. I'll be studying intensive Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology, Pathology, Professional Development on top of courses in Shiatsu and Swedish massage. Will also need to do clinic work. In our 4th semester we get to hone our skills on the runners of the NY marathon.

    My background is in film and video editing.

    I got a head start by learning yoga for the past 2-3 years and getting my certification in that. It also helps that my close friend is a personal trainer who's been drilling this stuff in to me ever so subtly for the past few years.

    It's not easy but very interesting. I love what I'm doing now way more than my career in media.
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    Nov 08, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    It sounds as if you need to pick up a standard 200-level A&P course, for which you probably wouldn't get graduate credit. Typically it's a big survey course with a lot of material, but if you've got a good background in chemistry and general biology, it's not actually difficult.
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    Nov 08, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
    Kinesiology is often the name given to programs focusing on human movement and sports science. I know of a B.Sc. program in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, as well as one at San Diego State University. Check out the links for curriculum requirements. Looks like you have the stats requirement covered!

    Disclaimer: I do not speak from a position of experience. My background is also in statistics, though.