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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Athletic Coaching, Certificate

Location(s): Ankeny, Boone

The Athletic Coaching Certificate is for individuals interested in coaching athletics for all ages and abilities. Opportunities for coaches are vast and may include park and recreation, AAU, club sports, church leagues, youth league, traveling teams, etc. After completion of the Athletic Coaching Certificate, students wanting to coach interscholastic athletics in the state of Iowa should apply to the Iowa Board of Education Examiners to receive a Coaching Authorization. (The Fitness and Sports Management Chair can assist with this process). A Coaching authorization from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners enables individuals to coach interscholastic athletics in Iowa. Classes for the certificate are offered traditional, web-blended, and on-line throughout the year. Proof of current CPR certification is required in order to receive the coaching authorization. CPR certification will be achieved within the course PEH 141- First Aid or by taking CPR training through a reputable organization. (Teachers can take the required classes and apply to the Board of Educational Examiners as a coaching endorsement.) 


Program Details

Pathway: Health Science & Fitness

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program any semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn an Athletic Coaching Certificate , a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 5

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Supplies 100-200 100-200

Approximate total cost for the program: $1,125-$1,325 **

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Coach a variety of players in athletics.
  • Develop and design practice schedules and game day play.
  • Coach in a variety of different settings.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Demonstrate proper warm-up and cool-down activities for athletes.
  • Develop a practice schedule and season plan for athletes.
  • Work independently and with little supervision.
  • Demonstrate patience while working with athletes.
  • Work under pressure and be a positive role model.
  • Good communication skills while working with athletes with varied abilities.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • You may be working with all kinds of ages and abilities.
  • Could be working nights and weekends.

Program Competencies

  1. Understand basic anatomy and physiology of individuals.
  2. Describe the ethical and professional responsibility of an athletic coach.
  3. Identify the athletic development of individuals involved in athletics.
  4. Examine basic injuries of an athlete.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/pathways/.(2021)