Movement Science Degree (B.S.), Sports Medicine Concentration

Overview

The Sports Medicine concentration is a pre-professional preparation option, which completes requires for a Sports Medicine and Human Performance Major with an integrated concentration in Sports Medicine.

Students are required to create an individualized plan of study appropriate to be eligible to apply for graduate school and other forms of continuing education in the allied health fields.  Further study is required to obtain credentials in an allied health profession; however entry-level health care career pathways are accessible for the student completing all program requirements.

Topics Covered

  • Professional Issues in Exercise Science 
  • Medical Terminology and Documentation 
  • Evaluation of Upper/Lower Extremity Injuries 
  • General Medical Aspects of Physical Activity 
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Modalities 
  • Fitness/Rehabilitation for Special Populations 

Program Highlights

  • 27 Credits in the Major’s Core 
  • 34 Credits (including 7 electives) in the Concentration 

Outcomes

Preparation of students for graduate school (needed to obtain certification for a career as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist or a Physician’s Assistant) or continuing education for credentials in an allied health profession.

  • 120

    credits

  • 20% Growth

    in field by 2024

  • Career Opportunities

    in Health-Related Fields

Requirements

Sports Medicine Concentration, Major Core Requirements - 27 Credits
Sports Medicine Concentration

About the Program

The Sports Medicine concentration is a pre-professional preparation option which completes requirements for a Movement Science major with an integrated concentration in Sports Medicine and Health Science. Students are required to create an individualized plan of study appropriate to be eligible to apply for graduate school and other forms of continuing education in the allied health fields. Further study is required to obtain credentials in an allied health profession; however, entry-level healthcare career pathways are accessible for the student completing all program requirements. The integrated curriculum provides students the opportunity for inter-professional learning and problem solving; skill sets required by the evolving healthcare system and graduate programs.

Requirements

All majors in the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance must complete the twenty-seven (27) credits of courses specific below. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the Major Core Classes is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

In order to successfully complete the Sports Medicine Concentration, students must:

  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the Major Core courses.
  • Take all required SPorts Medicine Concentration courses.
  • Earn a health care (or related) credential (EMT, CNA, PCA, HHA, phlebotomy, scribe, etc.)
  • Meet academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn both Intermediate and Advanced Standing in the Movement Science Department, as outlined in the Departmental Benchmarks section.
  • In addition, students pursuing a career in an allied health field must meet prerequisite standards for graduate level education in that field (i.e. PT, OT, PA, etc.). Information on these requirements may be obtained directly from the programs to which the student intends to apply.

Required Course List:

Also required is:

Professional Development Procedures

In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

Intermediate Standing

Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.3 in the following courses:
  • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
  • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
  • OR
  • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
  • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Additional Requirements (all Movement Science/Athletic Training majors):Personal Statement Resume First Aid/CPR Certification Membership in a professional organization Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points Two (2) Faculty Recommendations Two (2) examples of best work Additional Requirements (specific to Physical Education concentration):Students must show proof of registration and/or scores for the Communcation (reading) and Literacy (writing) portion of the MTEL tests. Keep a monthly fitness log using a logging system approved by the Coordinator of the Physical Education program. Keep a record of competencies met for NASPE standards. Student progress towards meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits). All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher cadidacy. Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major core area (29 credits)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses in the concentration (Placement in the Teaching Practicum requires a 2.8)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • First Aid / CPR Certification
  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points (in addition to those earned for Intermediate Standing)
  • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department
  • Five (5) samples of best written work
  • Supervising Practitioner Recommendations

Additional information can be found in the MSSLS Department manual.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Health Professions Club

The purpose of the PA Club shall be to serve students interested in the study of PA and enrich their knowledge of the discipline.

Advisor

Movement Science Club
The MS Club provides social and professional experiences relating to Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies through activities.

Advisor

Sports Medicine Club

To provide the students with information concerning the sports medicine field and its various related professions. To allow the students various service learning and civic engagement opportunities through at least one (1) service project and one (1) professional development event each semester.

Advisor

Still have questions?

Program Director
Dr. Holly Noun
hnoun@westfield.ma.edu