WCU To Offer Survival Course

Western Carolina University will offer “Strength and Conditioning Survivability” as a self-study distance learning course. Participants may enroll and take the course at any time.

Course topics will include overtraining, resistance training systems, nutrition and supplements, strength and conditioning exercises, injury prevention and treatment,combatives and self-defense exercises, and environmental survival considerations.

Participants also will identify common strength and conditioning concepts, common techniques of musculoskeletal injury prevention and treatment, and environmental and survival considerations relative to human performance in harsh environments.

The course is self-study and must be completed within 45 days following registration. Students will be provided with text booklets and a self-study examination.

As an optional opportunity related to the environmental and survival considerations topic of the course, students may receive assistance from the instructor to qualify for the Federal Emergency Management Agency terrorism response certification at no additional cost.

The FEMA certificate course option is intended to provide students with an awareness of self-protection measures relative to physiological effects of chemical, biological, nuclear, incendiary and explosive situations. Students who successfully complete this optional FEMA course also are eligible for college credit.

According to instructor David Bradley, the course is designed for prospective physical conditioning trainers, professional rescue personnel, specialized military personnel and others. The course will help U.S. military personnel take National Strength and Conditioning Association certification exams through the Dantes Subject Standardized Test exam program.

Bradley is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, an American Red Cross instructor trainer, and a survival instructor for the U.S. Department of Defense. He will be available for advice and feedback regarding course subjects through e-mail, telephone, postal mail and possible personal visits.

A course certificate from WCU is awarded upon successful completion of the course, and a Continuing Education Unit credit is available for $10.

The cost of the course is $25, or $35 with the optional CEU credit. For more information call WCU’s Division of Continuing Education and Summer School at (828) 227-7397, or toll free (800) 928-4968. Registration forms are also available online at http://cess.wcu.edu/survive.