DOBSON — Eight Surry Community College students recently completed the Sports Medicine Technology certification program, which prepares students to work in the sports medicine field by emphasizing the learning objectives of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the professional domains of competency set by the Board of Certification for the athletic trainer.
Upon completion of the two-part Sports Medicine Technology course, students are eligible to sit for a national certification exam with a number of nationally accredited organizations including NASM, ACE, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA). Among those enrolled in the recently graduated class, there was a 100 percent pass rating for those pursuing national certification.
For these students, one of the primary reasons for enrolling in the Sports Medicine Technology course was career advancement; many students explained they were taking the course in order to acquire the knowledge needed to enter the health and wellness industry, while others hoped to augment their preexisting qualifications as a means of advancement in their current professions.
The two-part Sports Medicine Technology course proved highly beneficial and served its purpose for these ambitious students by helping them attain their goals. Four of the eight students have accepted positions at fitness and wellness centers where they will use what they learned to help others with their wellness needs.
Two other students received job promotions upon completing the course, while yet another student is now putting Sports Medicine Technology lessons to the test by providing athletic training needs at a local school. Others who enrolled in the Sports Medicine Technology course did so to prepare themselves better for seeking higher degrees like Surry’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, two of which are in the interview portion of the PTA application process.
Members of the recently completed Sports Medicine Technology certification course are: Summer Blevins of Sparta, Isabeau Clark of Hamptonville, Matthew Gordon of Dobson, Jason Hutchins of Dobson, Daniel Inman of Mount Airy, Dustin Ledford of Dobson, Shane Mosely of King, and Krista Norman of Harmony.
Surry is enrolling students for its fall 2016 Sports Medicine Technology I offering. Visit www.surry.edu or call Margie Collins at 336-386-3423 for more information.