Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, Associate in Science



The field of sports medicine is gaining in popularity and employment opportunities are expanding. The demand for Certified Athletic Trainers in particular is increasing. Certified Athletic Trainers are employed in secondary schools, colleges, universities, professional sports, hospitals, the military, law enforcement, performing arts, industry, sports medicine clinics and the durable medical equipment industry.

A career as a Certified Athletic Trainer requires a bachelor's degree at the entry level. If you're planning to attend a four-year college or university, Northampton's Sports Medicine: Athletic Training program is an affordable way to start your education. With a curriculum that parallels the first two years of most four-year programs, NCC's program can save you thousands of dollars on your undergraduate degree.

The Associate in Science degree in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to a four year Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited program. Students will also be prepared to transfer to other four year specialty programs within the realm of exercise science. In addition, students in our program develop a level of expertise in sports medicine that opens up additional employment opportunities as a personal trainer or health fitness instructor immediately upon graduation from NCC.

Students in the program learn basic skills in the prevention, emergency care, assessment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries to prepare them to pursue certification as an athletic trainer. Sports Medicine courses include on-campus labs and observational hours in a variety of professional settings. The Sports Medicine program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Students pursuing the degree on a part-time basis are highly encouraged to complete the science related courses prior to entering the program specific courses (i.e. Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, etc.). The program requires students to have a good knowledge base in science and math to be successful. Students are advised to speak with an academic advisor to discuss their entrance and success in the program.


The Sports Medicine program requires a minimum of four academic semesters to complete. Students are admitted to the program once a year (August). Admission is on a competitive basis. Applicants shall have a high school diploma or GED.

The minimum admission requirements to the program include:

  • Completion of high school chemistry with a grade of B or better (or NCC's CHEM135).
  • High school biology (or NCC equivalent BIOS107, BIOS115) with a grade of C or better.
  • One year of HS algebra (or NCC MATH022) with a grade of C or better.
  • Eligibility to take ENGL101.

Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Primary consideration is given to those students who have Bs in program sciences. If available spaces in the program are not filled by students who have met the aforementioned standards, the College reserves the right to accept students who have, in the judgment of the College, the potential to complete the Sports Medicine program.

After You Have Been Accepted

Students who have been accepted to the Sports Medicine program will be required to submit:

  • A Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check or FBI Clearance.
  • Required physical examination forms and immunization history.
  • Documentation of recent hepatitis B vaccination or relevant titer.


In order to be considered, you must submit an application and all transcripts by February 1 for the Fall semester start date. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Career Potential: Certified Athletic Trainer, Personal Trainer, Health Fitness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Specialist, Weight Management Consultant

Transfer Potential: East Stroudsburg University, Temple University, West Chester University, DeSales University


The Associate in Science in Sports Medicine: Athletic Training program will:

  • Prepare students to transfer to and excel in a 4 year Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) athletic training program.
  • Provide students with the knowledge to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam, the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer exam.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and begin to bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and clinical practice.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills and gain knowledge on how to apply them to athletic training situations.
  • Students will gain knowledge in athletic training professional development standards.
  • Provide students with knowledge of athletic training practice standards and employment settings as well as the behavioral attitudes needed to excel in the athletic training environment.
  • Students will learn effective communication among health care providers and other integral members within the field of athletic training (administrators, coaches, family, and community).


First Year

CMTH102Speech Communication

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

PSYC103Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

SMAT101Foundations of Sports Medicine a nd Rehabilitation Sciences

3 credits

SMAT202Kinesiology: Applied Anatomy

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

BIOS204Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4 credits

ENGL151LEnglish II

3 credits

HEAL150Contemporary Health

3 credits

SMAT230Prevention and Management of Inj ury and Illness

3 credits

SMAT235Basic Sports Medicine and Rehabi litation Sciences Techniques

1 credits

SOCA102Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

Summer Semester

CHEM135Chemistry of Life

4 credits

SMAT280Measurement and Evlauation of th e Lower Extremity

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Third Semester

BIOS254Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4 credits

MATH140College Algebra

3 credits

NUTR105Introduction to Nutrition

3 credits

SMAT285Sports Medicine and Rehabilitati on Sciences Clinical Experience Laboratory

2 credits

Arts and Humanities Elective (AH)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

MATH150Introductory Statistics

3 credits

PHYS101Physics I

4 credits

SMAT245GAcute Care of Illness and Injury

3 credits

SMAT260Exercise Physiology & Exercise P rescription

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Total Credit Hours: 67

  • For the Arts and Humanities (AH) Elective, students must select courses from the list of approved courses in that category.
  • Either the AH Elective, PSYC103, or SOCA102 must be taken in a writing intensive (WI) section.
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).