(CIP Code: 51.2604)
The Sports Medicine Program will provide students with a strong foundation in human anatomy, physiology, and introduction to clinical rehabilitation skills.
Upon completion of the 3 year program, students will be competent in assisting patients with completing their therapeutic exercise program, monitoring vitals, and demonstrating proper body mechanics for weight-lifting and supervising patient mobility.
Students will learn the principles of designing exercise programs for healthy individuals and athletes. Students will learn how to develop proper diets through the basic principles of nutrition. They will also learn the impact of nutrition on athletic performance and disease processes.
Offering a program of this nature provides opportunities in various career pathways within the healthcare industry. The program will have a solid educational base on which to build a post-secondary degree or advanced certification. The Sports Medicine Program will provide students the opportunity to understand the available careers in health care, along with what prerequisites are necessary for admission into a post-secondary program or for further fitness certifications.
Careers available directly out of the program could include Personal Training, Coach, and Rehabilitative Aide. Careers available with additional post-secondary training include Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Strength & Conditioning Coach, P.E. Teacher, Exercise Physiologist, Dietician, and Sports Psychologist.
- Human Anatomy + Physiology
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
- Injury Prevention + Recognition
- Introduction to Exercise Testing
- Introduction to Group Fitness and Strength Training
- Body Mechanics + Patient Safety
Industry Certification Options
- Blood Borne and Airborne Pathogens/National Safety Council
- CPR and AED/National Safety Council
- First Aid/National Safety Council
Students will be prepared and able to sit for the following certifications
American Medical Certification Association (AMCA): Physical Therapy Aide Certification
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM): Personal Trainer
(Upon passing their specific exam, they will receive their certificate after receiving their high-school diploma and turning 18 years of age)
Preparation to pursue post-secondary degrees and certifications
- Researching various health professions and post-secondary programs to find the best fit for each student
- Staff will assist 2nd and 3rd year students with finding opportunities to fulfill pre-requisites for admission into post-secondary program.
- Helping students network with health care facilities and providers for shadowing and observation hours. (Most health related programs require 10-20 observation hours in multiple settings prior to admission)
- ACSM Personal Trainer
- AMCA Physical Therapy Aide
- CDC-Heads Up Concussion Training
- S/P2 Soft Skills
- BC3 (Butler County Community College) Click here to learn more about BC3's Health Programs
- Medical Terminology
- Principles of Nutrition
- Required minimum of 20 total hours of volunteer or work experience needed for Physical Therapy Assistant's current application requirement.
- Cal U (California University of Pennsylvania) Click here to access Cal U's Health Science Program Page
- Waynesburg University: Click here for the Exercise Science Program Page