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Medical & Sports Sciences

Instructors: Wendy D. King, PT, M.Ed. and
Betsy McLane, MT (ASCP)
E-mail: wking@bsdvt.org and bmclane@bsdvt.org
Phone: (802) 864-2155 and (802) 864-8522

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Length: 1 or 2 years
Credits: 3 per year (Anatomy & Physiology Credit after the second year)
Prerequisite: Biology I or Instructor Approval


The Medical and Sports Sciences Program is a two-year college preparatory program that meets for just over two hours per day, five days per week. The rigorous curriculum which prepares students to pursue further education towards a career in either the medical or sports sciences areas.

The two years of the program correlate with a complete Anatomy
and Physiology (A & P) course (i.e. year 1 covers A & P 1, year 2
covers A & P 2). As we progress through Anatomy and Physiology
we cover the associated medical terminology, associated diseases
(pathologies) as well as evaluation and treatment procedures
specific to the body system being covered. Students participate in
laboratory experiences including microscopic analysis, dissection,
phlebotomy (blood drawing), massage, microbiology and wound
care. Students are also introduced to medical instruments
such as reflex hammers, hot and cold packs, blood pressure cuffs,
EKG's and inspirometers. Life-like computerized manikins are
used to simulate patients and introduce students to normal and
abnormal patient findings. The first year curriculum also includes
the study of Human Growth and Development (exploring
physical, cognitive and social-emotional development through
the life span). Study strategies are taught in the early part of the
first year and reinforced throughout the duration of the program.

Students spend time during the first year exploring various medical and sports related fields in order to fully understand each of these professions. Students then have the opportunity to observe different medical professionals through clinical observations, in order to identify their own area of interest. In the second year the curriculum also includes an in-depth study of nutrition, including nutritional considerations for the athlete. Students are placed in career work experiences in their identified area of interest, allowing them to acquire valuable hands on experience with patients as well as the chance to interact with medical/sports professionals.

Qualified students may earn up to fourteen transcripted college credits through a dual enrollment program at Vermont Technical College and articulation agreements with Community College of Vermont. Previous students have successfully transferred these credits to highly esteemed colleges and universities.
The career areas introduced in this program are considered to be “Priority Occupations” that provide high wages, require high level skills, have a growing job market, have a limited supply of qualified workers, and have a strong social need.



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