Sep 26, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dance Medicine and Science Certificate


This certificate is designed for students who are degree-seeking (any major) OR non-degree seeking and who possess a strong interest in exploring the field of dance medicine/science. This certificate program will give students a basic understanding of issues pertaining to the wellness of dancers such as: typical injury and misalignment patterns, injury prevention and treatment, injury risk factors, effective conditioning, muscular analysis of dance movement, and current topics in dance medicine/science research. Undergirding this specialized study are support courses which address the structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system as well as the mechanical principles related to motor performance, the physiological effects of exercise, nutrition, and principles of motor development and skill acquisition. The capstone experience will be undertaken in the Research in Dance II course where students will review a variety of research in the dance medicine/science field and will complete a research project exploring a relevant topic in the field. Students who are dance majors, health science majors, exercise science majors, or physical education majors interested in dance medicine/science, are encouraged to apply. Other majors are also welcome. Students are required to take 18 credit hours composed of the courses below. Intent to pursue the certificate should be discussed with the academic advisor for dance.

Course Notes

*Anatomy and Physiology I and II for Nursing and other Healthcare Professionals with lab are required as pre-requisites for these courses. Non-major and major sections (for Exercise Science majors) of these courses are offered in alternating semesters.

**This course is restricted to health professions majors but open to other USF students pending space availability. Anatomy and Physiology transfer courses will also be accepted to meet this requirement. Special consideration for registration access will be given to students in the dance medicine certificate program.

***Exercise Science majors only. Permission may be granted on a case-by-case basis, pending space availability and instructor approval.

GPA requirements

Students must maintain an overal GPA of 2.0.

Grading Requirement

A grade of C+ or higher in all courses is required.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of nine (9) credit hours of coursework taken at USF  is required to meet residency requirements.

Other Requirements

The Research in Dance courses should generally be taken last in the course sequence. Electives may be taken concurrently with the Research in Dance courses. Ideally, the student should take the Research in Dance II course last as it involves a capstone research experience.

Other Information

Any degree-seeking student or any non-degree seeking student may pursue the Dance Medicine/Science certificate.

Advising Information

Intent to pursue the certificate should be discussed with the academic advisor for Dance, Nadine Niforos via email at or 813-974-1739.