Allied Health / Sports Medicine

Objective of Field

This cluster program in Allied Health/Sports Medicine provides a combination of subject matter and hands-on experiences designed to prepare individuals for entry level employment or post secondary education. The core curriculum consists of planned courses including: introduction to health careers, basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, legal and ethical aspects of health care, vital signs, personal care skills, and communication skills.


Job Duties

  • Assessment of vital signs
  • Providing personal care to patients
  • Transfer and ambulation of patients
  • Perform special procedures such as hot/cold packs and simple dressings
  • Assist with elimination needs of patients
  • Nutrition skills such as serving meals and feeding patients
  • Infection control techniques
  • Documentation skills
  • Sports injury prevention and treatment
  • Exercise techniques for strength and conditioning
  • Exercise techniques for flexibility and stretching
  • Assessment techniques including range of motion and strength/aerobic assessment
  • Analysis techniques for body mass and body fat percentage 

Certification Tests

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation (optional)
  • American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers
  • American Red Cross First Aid Certification
  • Bloodborne Pathogens 
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification (optional)
  • Personal Trainer Certification – after graduation (optional)
  • Personal Care Home Direct Staff Person Training Certification through the Department of Public Welfare

Planned Courses

  • Introduction to health care careers
  • Assessment of vital signs
  • Personal care skills
  • Transfer and ambulation
  • Body mechanics
  • Nutrition skills
  • Safety and infection control techniques
  • Basic first aid
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Injury prevention and treatment
  • Exercise, strengthening, and conditioning
  • Assessment of sports injuries
  • Basic principles of pharmacy (second year Juniors only)
  • Role of the Pharmacy Technician(second year Juniors only)

Employment/Job Outlook

As the largest industry in 2006, health care provided 14 million jobs—13.6 million jobs for wage and salary workers and about 438,000 jobs for the self-employed.

  • 7 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related
  • Health care will generate 3 million new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016, more than any other industry
  • Most workers have jobs that require less than 4 years of college education, but health diagnosing and treating practitioners are among the most educated workers
  • Employment in health care will continue to grow for several reasons including the aging population with greater than average health care needs and faster than normal population growth through 2014

2-Years or Less
Post-Secondary Education

4-Year Bachelor’s Degree

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Occupational Therapy Assistant
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Pharmacy Technician
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Medical Assistant
Dental Assistant
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Registered Nurse
Radiology Technician

Registered Nurse Dietitian

Respiratory Therapist
Medical Records
Dental Hygienist


How to Find Out More

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Additional Info

Recommendations for Success

  • Communicate effectively with patients
  • Read and interpret medical terminology
  • Demonstrate fundamentals of body mechanics
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity to operate medical equipment efficiently
  • Ability to problem solve quickly and accurately
  • Ability to follow written and oral directions
  • Observation skills with attention to detail
  • Excellent attendance and homework completion
  • Understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology
  • 2 step Mantoux skin test for tuberculosis (free of cost if given at Lenape Tech)
  • Physical exam (free if given by school physician during spring semester of junior year)
  • Criminal History Record Information check (CHRI) – to be completed at Lenape Tech through the PA State Police PATCH system (if student has lived in PA for 2 years)
  • FBI background check (if student has NOT lived in PA for at least 2 years)