Sports Medicine

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    Emphasis on patient-based learning
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    100+ years of combined faculty experience in the field
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    20+ career path options for graduates

Now accepting applications for Fall 2020!

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Program Introduction

The B.S. degree in Sports Medicine focuses on the knowledge and skills that are required for sports medicine and athletic training professionals with specific coursework in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, chemistry, physics, basics of sports medicine, strength and conditioning, first aid, pathologies of injury and illness, pathologies of general medical conditions, pharmacology, therapeutic intervention in health care (including modality application and rehabilitation), healthcare organization and management, emergency medical skills, documentation and record keeping in health care and psychology. Students completing this program gain experience in direct patient care and patient care skills, preparing them for their specific career path. Direct patient care skills taught and evaluated include, but are not limited to, first aid and CPR, assessment of biomechanics, gait analysis, goniometry, manual muscle testing, postural assessment, palpation, auscultation, emergency management, and obtaining medical and family histories through patient encounters.

Admission Requirements

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University. All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE score, or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen and the admissions website for transfer students.  For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Sports Medicine students will:

  • Focus on cognitive content and applied skills related to the human body, human performance and human movement while learning from faculty with over 100 collective years experience in the Sports Medicine professions.
  • Develop research skills and integrate theory to practice through experiential learning activities, including laboratories and internships.
  • Complete experiences and courses in simulated patient care including, but not limited to, first aid and CPR, assessment of biomechanics, gait analysis, goniometry, manual muscle testing, postural assessment, palpation, auscultation, emergency management, and obtaining medical and family histories.

Career Opportunities:

The program prepares you for careers and/or graduate studies in a broad array of sports-related, medically-oriented professions, including, but not limited to:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Emergency Care Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Biomechanist
  • Orthotist, Prosthetist, Pedorthotist
  • Kinesiologist, Kinesiotherapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Medicine Physician
  • Orthopedic Surgeon; Podiatrist
  • Durable Medical Equipment Sales and Designer

Salaries may vary by profession but range between 600k (orthopedic surgeon) to 41k (EMT).

Please note, many careers in this field require advanced degrees and certification.