Foundations of Sports Medicine


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This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Foundations of Sports Medicine program will constitute as a first step in a pathway required for a career as an Athletic Trainer. In addition, this program is designed to develop foundational knowledge for a career in sports medicine and (and/or specifically athletic training). The foundational skills include basic assessment of fitness levels; first aid; and CPR. The foundational knowledge includes an ability to articulate methods of preventing sports injuries; to dramatize assessment and initial management of sports injuries in a classroom simulation; and to explain treatment modalities and the process of rehabilitation from a sports injury. The courses required fulfill several admissions requirements for a program in Athletic Training and initiate the development of competencies outlined by the National Athletic Trainers' Association.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Academic Certificate (AC)
Academic Plan
Foundations of Sports Medicine (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2024

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Identify basic components of wellness, fitness measurements, and the hereditary, psychological, biological, and social factors that impact them. (HES100)
  • Describe general nutritional requirements; analyze food labels; identify micro- and macro-nutrients. (HES100)
  • Apply CPR on adult and child victim; use AED on adult victim in a classroom simulation exercise. (WED106)
  • Demonstrate techniques for treating various wounds, injuries, shock, poisoning, burns, sudden illness, environmental (heat/cold) emergencies) and emergency rescue in a classroom simulation exercise. (SPT271, WED107)
  • Describe contemporary issues in sports medicine, such as environmental illnesses, nutrition, strength and conditioning, protective equipment, and special populations. (SPT271)
  • Identify signs, symptoms, and interventions for selected injuries and illnesses. (SPT271)
  • Perform simple rehabilitation techniques, using massage, cryotherapy, and hydrotherapy in a classroom simulation exercise. (SPT271)
  • Select and apply appropriate management techniques for immobilization, transportation, and rehabilitation in a classroom simulation exercise. (SPT271, SPT275)
  • Wrap or tape joints correctly for preventive purposes in a classroom simulation exercise. (SPT271, SPT275)
  • Integrate knowledge of wellness principles with prevention and treatment of sports related illnesses. (SPT275)
  • Distinguish between professions that incorporate rehabilitation or therapeutic interventions and their roles in the recovery process. (SPT275)
  • Demonstrate techniques of flexibility and strength training appropriate for rehabilitation from injuries in laboratory setting. (SPT275)
  • Define evidence-based practice, scope of practice, and their importance in sports medicine. (SPT275)
  • Evaluate emergency action plans and procedures in classroom simulations. (SPT275)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
HES100Healthful Living3
SPT271Sports Medicine Foundations3
SPT275Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Interventions in Sports Medicine3
WED106Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED)0.5
WED107Community First Aid0.5

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