Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Therapy (SMaRT)

  • Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Instructor: Scott Cote
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    CIP Code: 51.2604

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  • Career Pathways

    Rehabilitation Aide
    Fitness Instructor / Coordinator
    Fitness / Personal Trainer

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading at grade level
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
    Ability to work independently and in a team
    Hand-eye coordination
    Mechanical aptitude

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  • AMCA logo

    BCTC is an approved testing location, certified by the American Medical Certification Association to administer Physical Therapy Aide Certifications. 

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  • The Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Therapy (SMaRT) program is designed to prepare students for a number of technical fields in kinesiology. 

    Instruction will include theory and applications related to: strength training and high intensity training, weight management, nutrition, resistance training, exercise programming, exercise physiology, mental health and wellness, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, athletic training, injury recognition and management, rehabilitation and restorative care, and medical terminology.

    Students will learn to design safe and effective exercise prescriptions, conduct individual exercise programs, and fitness testing.  Students will be prepared to assist in rehabilitative services under the supervision of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and other therapeutic professionals, and to perform routine functions in support of rehabilitation.

    Students may seek employment in a wide variety of settings that include fitness clubs, hospitals, corporate wellness programs, strength and conditioning, and clinical rehabilitation programs.  In addition, the program will serve as a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue advanced degrees in the field of exercise science or enter professional disciplines such as a physical or occupational therapy.

    Graduates of the program are well prepared for entry level employment in rehabilitative services or continued higher education.  Students therefore will be required to schedule and maintain strong academic coursework along with the CTE curriculum. Internship opportunities and dual program college coursework will be developed to support the program.

    Industry Certifications:

    ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) - Certified Personal Trainer
    AMCA (American Medical Certification Association) - Physical Therapy Aide Certification
    CPR / First Aid
    OSHA / CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    College Advanced Credits:  Under Development

    Program Requirements/Costs
    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.


  • SMART program Receives National Certification

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 3/5/2018

    ymca logo BCTC's Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative
    Therapy (SMaRT) program earned national recognition as an approved testing location.  The American Medical Certification Association approved Berks Career and Technology Center to provide exams for Physical Therapy Aide Certification.

    Mr. Cote and two male students hold up an AMCA certification poster.

    This is huge benefit to "SMaRT" students who will be able to test on-site and therefore leave BCTC with a certification that will allow them to enter the workforce right away. Some students will use this certification to work their way through college while others will start working full-time right away. Still, others will hold off on using it until after college. 

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