Exercise Science & Rehabilitation Services

Health care is among the nation’s fastest growing industries and offers a broad range of professional opportunities. In our Exercise Science & Rehabilitation Services program, students explore medical science and its practical applications.

As they prepare to launch careers in health care or pursue postsecondary degrees, students master the following skills:

  • Using personal protective equipment; applying infection control principles
  • Performing CPR with an AED and administering basic first aid
  • Measuring and recording patient height, weight and vital signs
  • Assisting colleagues with patient exams; moving, lifting and positioning patients
  • Assisting patients with personal hygiene and grooming

Working in a high-tech program lab outfitted with seven patient beds, a rehabilitation room and an operating room, students develop their bedside manner by practicing with simulation mannequins, synthetic cadavers and each other. They also have opportunities to shadow clinical experts in the field and upperclassmen may pursue internship or co-op positions with local employers.

Students learn medical terminology, the human body’s systems and its diseases while studying patient response to prescribed exercise, various rehabilitation methods and the management of chronic conditions. The industry imperatives of effective communication, empathy, professionalism and quality care for all patients are emphasized throughout the program curriculum.

Industry Credentials

Exercise Science & Rehabilitation Services students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider via American Heart Association
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Exercise Science & Rehabilitation Services students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

Career Paths

with credentials:

  • Massage Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Restorative Aide

with associate or bachelor’s degree:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant

with master’s or doctoral degree:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Therapist


Teacher: Michaelina Greenawalt

Email: greenawaltm@mylcti.org

Teacher: Jonell Kiechel

Email: kiechelj@mylcti.org

Teacher: Heather Mariotti

Email: mariottih@mylcti.org

Counselor: Christina Luey

Phone: 610-799-1339
Email: lueyc@mylcti.org

Career Tree

CIP Code: 51.9999 | Task List

Essential Skill Alignment Chart


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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Exercise Science & Rehabilitation Services program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
  • Grand View Health
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Premier Rehabilitation Center

Student Organizations

Health Occupations students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • HOSA
  • SkillsUSA

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Schnecksville, PA

Preparing all students for their personalized career pathway