Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy

Program/Enrollment Questions?
Call (440) 891-7732.

You strive to promote healthy living. You have a desire to help people meet their performance goals. You are interested in physical therapy. This program will open the door to the exciting field of sports medicine.

While in this program, you will learn the basics of preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise. Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy also offers real world experience through shadowing and clinical hours in approved healthcare facilities.  Students must obtain the American Heart Association Certification on their own before beginning clinical training.

You will also be given the opportunity to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA).


High School Credit Junior Year
Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy: 2.5, Technology: .5, Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit
Cuyahoga Community College

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Additional Information

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $ 333.00

Senior: $  85.00

Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Ms. Cheryl Bradas, MetroHealth Medical Center
Dr. Holly Clemens, Cuyahoga Community College
Dr. Marcia Columbro, University Primary Care Physicians
Mr. George Cooper, Cleveland State University/Urban Affairs
Mrs. Mary E. Cooper, Infinity Health Services
Dr. Eric Friedrich, Dr. Eric’s Total Vision Care
Ms. Amanda Gordon, Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center
Ms. Jennifer Kolasinski, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Kathy Lingle, S.H. Butt M.D., Inc.
Ms. Paula Minch, Fairview Hospital
Mr. Steve Pamer, Cleveland Clinic Home Care
Ms. Janine Smalley, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (ICU)
Mrs. Debra Solani, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Pam Waite, The Center for Health Affairs

Sports Medicine - Bamrick

Teacher: Lori R. Dodds

Email: ldodds@polaris.edu
RN, Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing
BSEd with Minor in Career Tech Education, Kent State University
Certifications: Healthcare Provider, BLS Instructor
Years at Polaris: 14
Industry Experience: Charge Nurse and Supervisor in Long Term Care, Trauma Critical Care and Operating Room
Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, reading, traveling and my family life

Sports Medicine - Orlandi

Teacher: Allen Orlandi

Email: aorlandi@polaris.edu
BS, Ashland College
MS, United States Sports Academy
Certifications: CPR
Years at Polaris: 9
Industry Experience: 23 years Certified Athletic Trainer
Interests/Hobbies: Cycling on the tow path, attending H.S. sporting events, Cleveland Indians baseball, my children


  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support and First Aid
  • Patient education
  • Take vital signs
  • Monitoring patient/client progress
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Medical terminology
  • Infection control and risk management
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Fitness training
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Computer literacy
  • EKG
  • Pharmacology
  • State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA)


  • Fitness equipment
  • Computer
  • Sphygmomanometer/stethoscope
  • Health and rehab devices
  • Defibrillator

Career Options

Positions are available for qualified employees in:

  • Health centers
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Athletic organizations
  • As a certified personal trainer (upon obtaining certificate)

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Registered nurse (RN)
  • State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)/paramedic
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Radiology technician
  • Certified fitness trainer
  • Certified athletic trainer
  • Sports medicine physician