Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, Associate in Science



The professions within sports medicine and rehabilitation sciences continue to gain popularity and employment opportunities are expanding with the evolvement of the healthcare landscape. Students within the program learn foundational skills to pursue careers in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Exercise Physiology among other professions. 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.

If you're planning to attend a four-year college or university, Northampton's Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences 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 while providing the essential foundational skills to thrive at your transfer institution.

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 or other four year specialty programs within Sports Medicine and the Rehabilitation Sciences. In addition, students in our program develop a level of expertise in sports medicine that opens up additional employment opportunities as a personal trainer immediately upon graduation from NCC.

Students in the program learn basic skills in the prevention, emergency care, assessment, and rehabilitation of injuries to prepare them to pursue advanced education. 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.

*High school courses must be college preparatory level. Equivalents from other colleges may satisfy requirements.

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.


Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences is a fall-start program. Students may apply to the clinical program starting October 1. Applications must be completed by July 1. Students will not be able to apply to the clinical program after July 1.

After July 1, students who wish to take general education courses toward the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences degree may apply to the Health Sciences program of study.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Career Potential:
  Certified Athletic Trainer, Personal Trainer, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Specialist

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


The Associate in Science in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences will:

  • Identify key foundational knowledge needed to transfer to and excel in a 4 year Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) athletic training, pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy programs.
  • Recognize requirements to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer exam, the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer exam, or the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer while preparing students to transfer into 4 year exercise science or strength and conditioning programs.
  • Identify knowledge of prevention, management, and rehabilitation of injuries and begin to bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and clinical practice.
  • Develop evidence based critical thinking and problem solving skills and the application of them in clinical situations to optimize patient care.
  • Apply knowledge in the professional development standards of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Science professions.
  • Recognize sports medicine and rehabilitative professional practice standards and employment settings as well as the behavioral attitudes needed to excel in the clinical environment.
  • Apply effective communication skills among health care providers to begin to develop a patient centered focus.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

HCOA154Medical Terminology

3 credits

SMAT101Foundations of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences

3 credits

BIOS204Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Second Semester

ENGL151REnglish II

3 credits

MATH140College Algebra

3 credits

CMTH102Introduction to Communication

3 credits

SMAT230Prevention and Management of Injury and Illness

3 credits

BIOS254Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

SMAT202Kinesiology: Applied Anatomy

3 credits

NUTR105Introduction to Nutrition

3 credits

PSYC103Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

PHYS101Physics I

4 credits

SMAT245GAcute Care of Illness and Injury

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

BIOS107Biology I

4 credits

Arts and Humanities Elective (AH)

3 credits

SMAT270Biomechanics of Human Movement

3 credits

SMAT260Exercise Physiology & Exercise Prescription

3 credits

SOCA102Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 62

  • For the Arts and Humanities (AH) Elective, students must select courses from the list of approved courses in that category.
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completion of the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for the program
  • Either the AH Elective, PSYC103 or SOCA102 must be taken in a writing intensive (WI) section.
  • SOCA 102 fulfills the Diversity and Global Awareness (D) requirement.