Physical therapy, rehabilitation and sports medicine are growing fields, and several New Jersey county vocational-technical schools have launched programs to train students in these areas and introduce them to opportunities within the industry. The newest program is at Cumberland County Technical Education Center.
“Many of our existing medical science programs are very successful, and with the growing demand for physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and athletic trainers, our advisory committee suggested this as a way to expand opportunities for students interested in human movement,” said CCTEC superintendent Dr. Dina Elliott. “One of the largest employers in Cumberland County is Inspira Health Network in Vineland, and there are many medical service centers in the area that include rehabilitation, so it was an excellent fit.”
“And the response from students and parents was beyond our expectation. We received many more applications than we could accept with our available slots, and I am sure as the word spreads, we will see even more interest,” Dr. Elliott said.
Local business partners and members of the CCTEC program advisory committee have arranged for access to local clinical sites and career development opportunities.
The new classroom has been equipped with state of the art training equipment for instruction, as well as rehabilitation devices such as a whirlpool and ultrasound. And all students will have the opportunity to qualify for certifications in First Aid, CPR, automated external defibrillator and personal training.