Physical Therapy/Sports MedicineInstructor: Josh Hoffman
Introduction – Program of Study
This four-year program is offered to students attending Erie’s Public Schools. Student attend ½ day in the morning at Tech taking Pt/Sports Medicine Assistant and the balance of the day at their home school like Strong Vincent and East high schools for their academics. Students are responsible for their own transportation to Tech and the district will bus them to their home school to complete their academics. Upon, successful completion of these program students will earn a certificate in medical assistant with a specialty in PT/Sports Medicine and soft skills certification in addition to their high school diploma.
PT/Sports Medicine/Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of chiropractors, physical therapy, physicians, podiatrists, and other health practitioners running smoothly. They should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician. Students who successfully complete this
The duties of PT/Sports medicine/medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.
PT/Medical assistants who perform administrative tasks have many duties. They update and file patients’ medical records, fill out insurance forms and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms and other office procedures and terminology are recommended for success. They also perform tasks less specific to PT/Sports medicine, such as body mechanics and assisting in physical therapy techniques, in addition to the medical office practices of answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and handling billing and bookkeeping.
PT/Sports medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean. In addition, they function with the public; therefore, they must be well groomed and have a courteous, pleasant manner. They also must be able to put patients at ease, explain physicians’ instructions, and respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.
PT/Medical assistants work in well lighted, clean environments. They constantly interact with other people and may have to handle several responsibilities simultaneously. Many full time medical assistants work a regular 40 hour week. However, medical assistants may work part time, evenings, or weekends. Students successfully completing the program are permit the individual to be employed as ophthalmic medical technologists, radiologic technicians, neurodiagnostic technologists, speech and language pathology assistants, endoscopy technicians, surgical assistants, in addition to sport medicine and physical therapy.
Assumptions of this Program of Study
High quality programs should meet the following standards:
1. Promote positive working relationships.
2. Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of skill development
3. Use appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
4. Provide ongoing assessments of student progress.
5. Employ and support qualified teaching staff.
6. Establish and maintain relationships and use resources of the community.
7. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment.
8. Implement strong program organization and supervision policies that result in high quality teaching and learning.
9. Integrate academic skills and aptitudes necessary for postsecondary education, gainful employment and a foundation of lifelong learning.
CIP Code 51.0801 /Medical Assisting Services with a PT/Sports Medicine focus
This is a program with a combination of subject matter and experiences designed to prepare individuals for entry level employment in a minimum of three related health occupations under the supervision of a licensed health care professional. Instruction consists of core course content with clinical experiences in one or two health related occupations. The core curriculum consists of planned courses for introduction of health careers, basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, legal and ethical aspects of health care and communications, and at least three planned courses for the knowledge and skills for the occupational area such as medical assisting, physical therapy and sports medicine, etc.