Allied Health

Allied Health

Change Lives, Save Lives

Are you someone who has always loved to help others? A career in medicine holds an array of possibilities to help people and make a lasting impact. Maybe you’ll want to work directly with patients at entry level and put them at ease, or perhaps you’ll continue on and become a doctor. You could conduct important research in a laboratory, or you might want to help an entire community with a job in healthcare administration. Find out where you fit and discover what drives you in FUTURES Allied Health.

Career options & salary range

The wonderful thing about this field is that you have an array of career options. Some require less schooling, such as a vet tech, fitness trainer, physical therapy assistant, or pharmacy tech. With more education, you could pursue careers such as registered nurse, radiologist, dentist, surgeon, psychologist, and many more.

Skills learned

  • Learn First Aid, CPR/AED and how to take precautions to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens
  • Learn Sports Medicine techniques such as injury prevention and evaluation, and rehabilitation
  • Learn techniques such as taping, bracing, and wrapping for various injuries
  • Learn about nutrition and create nutrition plans
  • Develop and improve “soft skills,” such as communication, leadership, and positive work habits
  • Explore career options in the healthcare field
  • You will have the option to deepen your knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology, a prerequisite for most careers in medicine

You can start this program in 10th grade by enrolling in Sports Therapy 101. See your counselor for more details.

Your Contact

Program of Study Lead

Jeannie Martin-Turner

Allied Health Instructor

(509) 972-5900

  • Pathways

  • 1-2 year certification options:

    Medical assistant, nursing assistant, home health aide, physical therapy aide, physical therapy assistant, radiology tech/assistant, emergency medical technician, vet tech/assistant, pharmacy tech, massage therapist, clinical cab tech, dental assistant, health information tech, respiratory therapist, phlebotomist, surgery tech/assistant, fitness trainer

  • 4-16 year options:

    Registered nurse, nurse practitioner, general practice physician, surgeon, physician’s assistant, chiropractor, licensed athletic trainer, pharmacist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, veterinarian, radiologist, dentist, dental hygienist, speech language pathologist, dietician, psychiatrist, and many more specialties in medicine

Program requirements
Sports Therapy 101 0.5
Sports Therapy 102 0.5
Sports Therapy 201 0.5
Sports Therapy 202 0.5
2.0 credit(s)
Optional coursework
Anatomy and Physiology 301 & 302 1.0
1.0 credit(s)

College credit earned

  • YVC AH 155 - First Aid, CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens
  • YVC AH 119 - Medical Terminology
  • YVC AH 110 - Human Body in Health and Disease

Certifications & training

  • More information coming soon!


Sports Therapy 101 & 102 and 201 & 202 ‐ 1 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ 2 semesters

Prerequisite ‐ Advanced Sports Therapy requires a “C" or better in Introduction to Sports Therapy. Practicum requires current enrollment in Advanced Class or current enrollment in Intro Class with Instructor approval.

Fees and Costs ‐ First Aid/CPR/AED certification may be available for a fee, but is not required. Optional opportunity to be involved in the Sports Therapy Club-Washington Career & Technical Sports Medicine Association.

Course Overview

Sports Therapy 101 & 102 are each one semester and together make one year-long course.

Sports Therapy 201 & 202 are each one semester and together make one year-long course.

This course continues to build on learning from 101 & 102.

These career & technical/science courses introduce you to medical, science, and health concepts while combining academic coursework with hands-on practical application of skills. Learn Basic First Aid/CPR/AED and Sports Medicine techniques that will prepare you for post-secondary education in the medical, science, and health professions, or to work in health/fitness professions.

*The West Valley Sports Therapy Practicum involves 90 hours of a supervised, clinical lab in the area of Athletic Training working with WVHS athletes and/or clinical outreach in the area of Physical Therapy.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate Standard First Aid/CPR skills/Adult/Child AED and utilize universal precaution procedures in relation to Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Understand the importance of injury prevention, proper emergency care, acute treatment, and medical referral of the injured
  • Understand, demonstrate, and evaluate various taping/bracing/wrapping techniques and apply in a sports setting
  • Understand and demonstrate the concept of injury evaluation, injury rehabilitation, and treatment—all in a role-play setting
  • Explore and research medical, science, and health occupations using various methods
  • Demonstrate effective work habits and effective communication skills with Sports Therapy staff, coaches, athletes/clients, and instructor
  • Demonstrate 21st century leadership skills both in the classroom and practicum

Optional: Anatomy and Physiology 301 & 302 ‐ 1 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ 2 semesters

Prerequisite ‐ Chemistry-preferred but not required; Biology (passing grade)

Fees and Costs ‐ Possible cost for field trips; will be determined on a class-by-class basis

Course Overview

A year-long course, this is an introduction to human anatomy and physiology for those students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare or medical field. Learn about the human body systems, diseases, and system processes. This class is key if you are looking into post-secondary education in the field of medicine including, but not limited to: physician, nursing, physical therapy, personal fitness, dental care, medical assisting, and paramedic/fire fighting/emergency medical technician. This introductory course helps you prepare for additional anatomy/physiology courses in college.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate proper use of medical terminology regarding the human body
  • Understand function of and be able to identify structures related to the 11 human body systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various diseases or conditions that may affect structures and systems of the human body
  • Demonstrate proper dissection techniques
  • Apply physiology concepts learned in the classroom to real world medical/health care methods
  • Cultivate critical thinking skills: questioning, investigating, and hypothesizing
  • Demonstrate 21st century leadership skills in the classroom