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About the Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Certificate

The Exercise Science/Sports Medicine certificate is designed to provide students with a cross disciplinary foundation in the fields of exercise science, wellness, sports nutrition, and first aid as applied to the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of activity related injuries. Courses in this program may apply toward a transfer degree in a similar area of study. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify terms and functions pertaining to the systems of the body as they relate to exercise, wellness, fitness and sport. (BIO 181, BIO 201, PHE 152, PHE 157, PHE 251)
  2. Explain the basic functions of the biological, anatomical, biomechanical and physiological mechanisms of human motor performance as they relate to exercise, wellness, fitness and sport. (BIO 181, BIO 201, PHE 150, PHE 152, PHE 157, PHE 251)
  3. Measure, identify, design and evaluate effectiveness of injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation across diverse populations pertaining to human motor performance as it relates to exercise and sport. (PHE 150, PHE 152, PHE 153, PHE 251)

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
BIO181 General Biology I

BIO 181. General Biology I (4). Shared Unique Numbering LogoBIO 1181. Biological principles emphasizing structure and function at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of biological systems. Secondary school chemistry strongly recommended. Primarily for biology majors and preprofessional students in health-related fields. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. Scientific Method
2. Basic chemistry and biological macromolecules
3. Organization of cells
4. Energy and Enzymes
5. Photosynthesis
6. Cellular respiration
7. Cell division
8. Genetics
9. Gene expression and regulation
10. Gene technology
11. Data collection and analysis

1. Apply the scientific method in problem solving (1) (PBS 1,3)
2. Describe the basic chemistry and chemical interactions of life (2)
3. Describe the structure and function of the four main types of biological macromolecules (2)
4. Identify and describe the structure and function of the parts of typical prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells (3)
5. Describe the properties of enzymes and their relation to cellular metabolism (4)
6. Explain and diagram the fundamental processes of photosynthesis (5)
7. Explain and diagram the fundamental processes of cellular respiration (6)
8. Describe the biological processes of cell division including the cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis (7)
9. Solve mendelian and nonmendelian genetics problems (8) (PBS 2)
10. Describe the fundamental processes of gene expression and control of gene expression (9)
11. Describe basic genetic engineering techniques and tools including recombinant DNA techniques and Polymerase Chain Reaction (10)
12. Conduct experiments, observe biological phenomena, and record information in a laboratory notebook (11)

BIO201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO 201. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4). Shared Unique Numbering LogoBIO 2201. Structure and function of the human body. Topics include cells, tissues, integumentary, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Prerequisite: BIO 156 or BIO 181. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. Anatomical terms and homeostasis
2. Cytological and histological anatomy and functions
3. Integumentary system
4. Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system
5. Axial and appendicular skeleton, joints
6. Anatomy and physiology of the muscular system
7. Gross and microscopic anatomy of muscles
8. Muscle contraction
9. Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
10. The central and peripheral nervous systems
11. The automatic nervous system
12. The senses

1. Identify the parts of a typical cell and describe their function and structure. (1, 2)
2. Identify and describe the four basic tissue types, their anatomy and functions. (1, 2)
3. Describe the anatomy and functions of the integumentary system. (1, 3)
4. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system. (1, 4)
5. Identify and describe the anatomy of joints, axial and appendicular skeletal systems. (1, 5)
6. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the muscular system. (1, 6)
7. Identify and describe the gross and microscopic anatomy of muscles. (1, 7)
8. Describe the biological processes involved in muscle contraction. (1, 8) (PBS 1)
9. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. (1, 9)
10. Describe and identify brain and spinal cord anatomy and reflexes. (1, 10)
11. Describe the biological processes involved in the nerve impulse. (1, 10, 11)
12. Describe and identify the anatomy and physiology autonomic nervous system. (1, 10, 11)
13. Describe and identify the anatomy and physiology of the senses. (1, 12) (PBS 2,3)
14. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the systems of the human body. (3-12)
15. Identify the broad themes that unify studying the systems of the body. (1-12)
16. Interpret the numerical and/or graphical representation of physiological data and anatomical structures. (1-12) (PBS 2)
17. Use the tools and equipment necessary for scientific analysis and research on physiological data and anatomical structures. (2-12)
18. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-12)

PHE150 Preventing Athl Injury/Em Care

PHE 150. Prevention of Athletic Injuries and Emergency Care (3). Introduction to prevention of athletic injuries and conditions. Includes use of protective equipment, taping, nutrition, exercise, First Aid principles, legal implications, research and practical considerations. Three lecture.

1. Role of the athletic trainer and other related athletic personnel
2. Prevention of injuries including physical conditioning, physical exams and screening, nutrition, and protective devices
3. Injury management and rehabilitation
4. Basic anatomy and physiology
5. Injury taping and wrapping procedures
6. Professional considerations including supplies, communication and documentation, licensure, and legal liability

1. Discuss roles of personnel in the sports medicine team. (1)
2. Apply preventative techniques and injury management. ( 2- 4)
3. Identify responsibilities to avoid undue liability. (3,6)
4. Identify basic anatomical structures and physiology as they pertain to the prevention and management of athletic injuries. (4)
5. Apply protective taping, bracing, wrapping and padding for the prevention and management of athletic injuries. (5)
6. Prescribe physical conditioning activities and nutritional counseling appropriate for athletes. (2)
7. Perform basic business operations as they apply to athletic training such as supply procurement and maintenance of inventory and training kit components. (6)
8. Document and communicate injury treatment information. (6)

PHE152 Personal Health & Wellness

PHE 152. Personal Health and Wellness (3). Explore issues related to health and wellness. Emphasis on current topics and individual choices affected by psychological, sociological and environmental factors. Pre-requisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

1. Introduction to personal health and wellness
2. Factors that affect personal health and wellness
3. Personal health and wellness research methods
4. Personal health and wellness assessment techniques
5. Societal and environmental health issues

1. Define personal health and the 7 dimensions of wellness (physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, occupational, and spiritual). (1) (BS 3)
2. Evaluate the components of personal health and wellness promoting positive behavior. (1,2,5) (BS 2)
3. Explain and apply research methods and assessment techniques for establishing cause and effect of personal health and wellness related issues and treatment. (3,4) (BS 1, 3)
4. Evaluate extrinsic and intrinsic factors that impact personal health and wellness. (1-5) (BS 2)
5. Analyze societal and environmental influences on personal health and wellness. (5) (BS 4)

1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.

PHE153 First Aid/CPR/AED and Safety

PHE 153. First Aid/CPR/AED and Safety (2). Instruction, theory and practice in first aid/CPR/AED and safety. Upon successful completion, students receive certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. Two lecture.

1. First aid basics and legal issues
2. Medical emergencies
3. Injury emergencies
4. Environmental emergencies
5. Adult, Child and Infant CPR and AED for the lay rescuer or health care provider
6. Safety around the home

1. Identify and discuss legal issues of first aid. (1)
2. Analyze and prioritize first aid problems. (1-4)
3. Perform first aid. (1-4)
4. Administer CPR. (5)
5. Utilize AED. (5)
6. Identify and reduce safety hazards around the home. (6)

PHE157 Nutrition for Health/Fit/Sport

PHE 157. Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport (3). Basic nutritional concepts for overall health and wellness. Includes practical application to fitness and sport performance. Three lecture.

1. Basic nutrition
2. Human energy systems
3. Dietary analysis
4. Carbohydrates, protein, and fats
5. Vitamins and minerals
6. Water and electrolytes
7. Body weight and composition
8. Training pyramid and food pyramids
9. Weight management

1. List basic nutrients, vitamins and minerals. (1,5)
2. Describe how carbohydrates, protein and fats nourish the body. (4)
3. Explain the energy demands of exercise. (2)
4. Recognize warning signs of dehydration and explain steps to maintain optimal hydration. (6)
5. Identify training diets for wellness, fitness and sport. (8)
6. Define dietary challenges of special populations. (3,7)
7. Create a personal dietary plan based on personal wellness, fitness or athletic goals. (1-9)

PHE251 Integrated Exercise Science

PHE 251. Integrated and Applied Exercise Sciences (3). Study of Exercise Sciences and related topics as they impact exercise. Emphasis on anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and nutrition. Designed for students preparing to become personal trainers, fitness instructors, coaches or Physical Education majors. Three lecture.

1. Functional anatomy
2. Physiology as it relates to exercise
3. Introduction to biomechanics
4. Basic nutrition as it relates to exercise

1. Identify location of muscles, tendons, bones and other major anatomical structures using correct terminology. (1)
2. Describe processes of various body systems producing movement, balance, activity and recovery. (2)
3. Describe the physiology of a muscle contraction and the energy pathways associated with exercise. (2)
4. Identify body movements and the anatomical structures that cause these movements. (3)
5. Identify nutritional concepts that impact fitness and exercise. (4)


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