Sports Medicine (Professional Certificate)

Award: Professional Certificate
Program of Study: Sports Medicine
Program Code: 1705

About This Program. . .

Students enrolled in the Sports Medicine certificate program should have a strong interest in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of injuries to the physically active. Students will engage in practical experiences that will help them towards the possibility of a future career in Athletic Training while being exposed to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. Students will explore subject areas that include risk management, prevention and evaluation of medical and musculoskeletal conditions, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise in rehabilitation, and pharmacology. This program aims to advance the knowledge base of a paramedic and better prepare students enrolled in a degree program to work in a sports medicine environment.

Important information about this program:

  • 11 semester hours for the Sports Medicine Professional Certificate.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in the certificate is required.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification is a graduation requirement for this certificate.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource. 

All CMU certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, critical thinking, and personal and social responsibility. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Identify the general medical or musculoskeletal pathology present based on signs, symptoms, and special tests outcomes. (Critical Thinking)
  2. Implement therapeutic interventions and pharmacological interventions appropriately and according to the needs of the patient. (Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Practice clinically in accordance with knowledge gained in courses taken. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU Professional Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Primarily 300-400 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” in the program of study will not be counted toward meeting the certificate’s requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements. 

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(11 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.)

Additional notes about requirements for completion of this degree: 

  • CPR/First Aid Certification is a graduation requirement for this certificate.
  • 1 credit of KINE 399 is to be taken concurrently with KINE 420 and KINE 430.
KINE 330Prevention and Evaluation of Injuries to the Physically Active3
KINE 420Therapeutic Interventions3
KINE 430Medical Conditions and Pharmacology in the Physically Active3
KINE 399Internship1
KINE 399Internship1
Total Semester Credit Hours11
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
KINE 330 Prevention and Evaluation of Injuries to the Physically Active 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
KINE 420
Therapeutic Interventions
or Medical Conditions and Pharmacology in the Physically Active
KINE 399 Internship 1
 Semester Credit Hours4
Second Year
Fall Semester
KINE 430
Medical Conditions and Pharmacology in the Physically Active
or Therapeutic Interventions
KINE 399 Internship 1
 Semester Credit Hours4
 Total Semester Credit Hours11

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If your petition for graduation is denied, it will be your responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. Your “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.