On October 24, 2023, EASTERN’s Exercise Science and Rehabilitation students took a field trip to Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) where they learned about their postsecondary options and toured the Health Sciences programs. Currently, EASTERN has a college credit articulation agreement with MCCC where Exercise Students can earn credit for up to 8 free credits for successfully completing their two-year program at EASTERN.
They began their visit with a warm welcome from MCCC Admissions Representative, Tiffany Smalls. Ms. Smalls discussed the ease of their admission process. Students then received a tour of all of the Health Science programs with Dr. Anne Livezey. In the Physical Therapy Assistant program, students found themselves in a real lab setting, learning the proper use of crutches, and how to demonstrate proper use to others. Students took part in an Exercise Physiology class, including labs in the gym, such as measuring jump height and testing grip strength. Students received a great workout with timed step-ups on the bleachers.
Students then moved to the Medical Assistant program. In MCCC’s medical lab, they delved into the inner workings of machines that spin blood and other fluids, while learning the crucial importance of knowing your blood type. The final stop on the tour was the Athletic Department, where students met the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, who introduced them to all the sports teams MCCC offers. They toured the weight room and learned that membership to this gym is free to all MCCC students.
“I am so appreciative of our partners at MCCC for making this exciting day possible for my students,” said Ms. Shelley Helm, EASTERN’s Exercise Science and Rehabilitation instructor. “The MCCC team went above and beyond in welcoming us and taking the time to show us all of the amazing programs they have to offer. The hands-on demonstrations that included my students were definitely a highlight and something they are still talking about.”