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Associate of Science Degree
Kinesiology/Sports Medicine

The Associate of Science Degree is designed to give students interested in a career in sports medicine, athletic training or physical therapy an opportunity to develop, practice and implement fundamental skills in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of various athletic/orthopedic injuries and related medical conditions. Using a combination of dynamic classroom learning and clinical experience, this program will set a foundation that will aid in the pursuit of a multitude of allied healthcare professions. Completion of this degree will also prepare students for further study or to obtain employment as an entry-level rehabilitation/allied health paraprofessional. Earning this degree may facilitate the student’s transfer to a CSU and/or professional program. Students must attain a grade of “C” or higher in each course for successful completion of the degree.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
KIN 197 - Prevention and Treatment of Athletic InjuriesM3.0
KIN 197 - Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces the basic concepts of athletic training, including instruction for prevention, recognition, management and treatment of common injuries in a physically active population. The skills of basic strapping, bracing padding and taping for the prevention and support of injuries will be presented and practiced. This class is recommended for those interested in becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer.

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
2nd Semester
KIN 297 - Advanced Athletic TrainingM3.0
KIN 297 - Advanced Athletic Training (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: KIN 197
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course introduces the advanced concepts of athletic training, including instruction for evaluation and rehabilitation of common athletic injuries. Advanced taping and bracing techniques will also be presented and practiced. This class is designed for students interested in becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer or those who are preparing for a career in any allied health care profession.

KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related FieldsM4.0
KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related Fields (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: KIN 197 and a current CPR card
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in the field of athletic training under supervision of a college instructor and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in their area of vocational interest and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the field of athletic training and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. "Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures".

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours

KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related FieldsM4.0
KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related Fields (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: KIN 197 and a current CPR card
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in the field of athletic training under supervision of a college instructor and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in their area of vocational interest and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the field of athletic training and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. "Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures".

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours

KIN 193 - Standard First Aid and CPRM3.0
KIN 193 - Standard First Aid and CPR (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students pursuing a career working with the public and for those who want to further their understanding of handling emergency situations. The student will learn how to give immediate care to the suddenly injured or ill person. In addition, students will learn techniques for control of bleeding, splinting, transporting victims, emergency procedures, one person C.P.R. and the use of an AED. Students will have the opportunity to apply these technical procedures in class. This course fulfills the requirements for American Red Cross certifications in both Standard First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) and Automatic Defibrillation (AED).

CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health MajorsGE5.0
CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health Majors (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; Concurrent enrollment in MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(* Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 120)

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of general, organic, and biological chemistry, and is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue a career in nursing and other health-related professions, including kinesiology and psychology. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and the health/medical sciences. Weekly laboratory activities require students to empirically verify concepts presented in lectures. No previous background in chemistry is required or expected of students enrolling in this course.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:20.0 
Summer 1
KIN 122 - Nutrition for Sport and FitnessM3.0
KIN 122 - Nutrition for Sport and Fitness (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of the role of nutrition to increase energy and enhance performance. Nutrients such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water will be introduced. The digestive system and metabolic systems will be discussed. Sport and exercise nutrient needs before, during, and after exercise are evaluated for their effect on optimal health and performance. Carbohydrate loading, popular diets, and supplementation are discussed. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry; certificates in Fitness Specialist, Coaching of Sport, Sport and Performance Coach, and Community Health Worker; and/or the A.A. in Dance and the A.S in Sports Medicine, as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of nutrition on the mind and body.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

Total Semester Units:6.5 
3rd Semester
BIOL 125 - Human AnatomyM4.0
BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement; BIOL 101, BIOL 105
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is primarily a systems approach to the study of human body structure. The study of each body system includes structural specializations and functions from the microscopic to the system level emphasizing the interdependence of form and function. Additional topics include methods of anatomical study, human genetics, and embryonic development. The laboratory exercises will also include vertebrate dissections. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related FieldsM4.0
KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related Fields (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: KIN 197 and a current CPR card
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in the field of athletic training under supervision of a college instructor and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in their area of vocational interest and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the field of athletic training and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. "Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures".

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours

KIN 126 - Principles of Strength and ConditioningM3.0
KIN 126 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course includes information needed for students who intend to teach strength and conditioning. The course covers anatomy and physiology, bioenergetics, biomechanics, training adaptations, exercise and equipment selection, training techniques, program design, and safety factors. This course is designed for students pursuing a career in the fitness industry; Fitness Specialist, Strength and Performance Coach, or Coaching of Sport Certificates; or an AS in Sports Medicine; and/or students interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of exercise on the body and mind.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

Elective *EL3.0
Notes:
*KIN 131 is recommended 3rd semester so student can have an introduction to biomechanics.

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:17.0† 
4th Semester
BIOL 226 - Human PhysiologyM4.0
BIOL 226 - Human Physiology (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: BIOL 125 and CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

Human Physiology provides a general introduction to the function and regulation of human body systems. Physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis and the significance of biochemistry is emphasized throughout the course. Course content will include neural and hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, and a study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune and endocrine systems. Laboratory exercises will allow students to gather physiological data and draw conclusions on how physiological mechanisms are regulated. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related FieldsM4.0
KIN 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Athletic Training Related Fields (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: KIN 197 and a current CPR card
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in the field of athletic training under supervision of a college instructor and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in their area of vocational interest and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the field of athletic training and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. "Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures".

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours

Select one: PSY 101 / PSY 101H (RHC GE 6)M3.0
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:18.0† 
Total Units for Kinesiology/Sports Medicine AS program 73.5† 
Notes:
Assumption that students are exempt from READ 043.
*KIN 131 is recommended 3rd semester so student can have an introduction to biomechanics.
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

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