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Graduate Certificate in Tactical Performance and Resiliency


The public and private sectors are experiencing a rapidly growing demand for professionals who exhibit high standards of knowledge, skills, integrity, and leadership in improving the performance and resiliency tactical athletes. Tactical athletes include military personnel, first responders, and veterans.

Our Online Graduate Certificate in Tactical Performance & Resiliency empowers you to gain highly practical knowledge and skills for effectively training tactical athletes at the individual-level. Studying at your own pace through our online courses, you will expand your skills and knowledge well beyond that offered by professional certifications alone. You will graduate from this program effectively prepared to design and deliver effective tactical training programs for military service members, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and veterans on a one-on-one basis.

Key Benefits

  • Learning from the best: As The # 1 Top Public College in the South, and a Senior Military College, you will learn from world-leading subject matter experts at The Citadel.
  • Knowing the How: You will complete the certificate program with understanding of effective methods for developing and delivering individualized fitness programs to improve the performance and resiliency of tactical athletes.
  • Knowing the Why: You will complete the certificate with basic theoretical understanding of the physical and psychological principles of performance and resiliency for tactical athletes.
  • Being an asset to your current employer. If you currently have a career as a military service member or first responder, completing our graduate certificate program will allow you to be the subject matter expert within your tactical unit and be a valued asset to your employer.
  • Employment in a Tactical Strength & Conditioning setting: This one-of-a-kind certificate program will allow you to have a competitive advantage in gaining entry-level employment as a certified professional working one-on-one with tactical athletes in the commercial fitness setting and/or a tactical strength and conditioning setting.
  • Preparation for a M.S. Degree: Having successfully completed this certificate program positions you for advanced study through our residential Master of Science Degree, with most of your credits counting towards completion of that degree.

Program Requirements

Certificate Completion Requirements (Course Requirements)

The Graduate Certificate in Tactical Performance & Resiliency will consist of eighteen (18) semester credit hours from courses delivered online. An optional On-Site Practicum course can be completed at The Citadel, which will provide in-depth, real-world application of the content covered in the online courses. Successful completion of the On-Site Practicum allows you to earn The Citadel’s Certificate in Tactical Performance & Resiliency with Distinction, which will increase your marketability to employers.

Certificate Course Completion Requirements (credit bearing)

TAPR 600 Fundamentals of Applied Functional Anatomy & Physiology*
TAPR 601 Introduction to Human Performance
TAPR 610 Applied Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
PSYC 516 Psychological Resiliency for Tactical Athletes
TAPR 640 Tactical Strength and Conditioning
TAPR 699 Capstone Internship in Tactical Performance & Resiliency

* Requirement for this course may be waived with proof of recent, satisfactory completion of two semesters of undergraduate human anatomy and physiology from an accredited college or university

Optional Course (credit bearing)

TAPR 695 On-Site Practicum

Certificate Completion Requirements (non-credit bearing)

  1. Students in this program must demonstrate having earned the credential of Certified Personal Trainer from either the National Strength and Conditioning Association or The American College of Sports Medicine
  2. Proof of current Certification in Mental Health First Aid
  3. Proof of current Certification in First Aid and CPR

This program will begin in January, 2020. For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Daniel Bornstein.

US News and World Report Best Public College in the SouthFor eight consecutive years (2012-2019) The Citadel has been named the #1 Public College in the South offering up to a master's degree (U.S. News & World Report). The Citadel was also named the #1 College for Veterans in the South.


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