Physical Therapist Assistant

This is a 68-credit Associate in Applied Science degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. It is designed to prepare individuals for employment in physical therapy settings under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination necessary for practice as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).
 
Course work prepares the student to perform basic physical therapy procedures and should not be considered as a direct vehicle of study towards an entry-level physical therapy academic program. The program demands that students attend classes full-time during the day. Hours for clinical practice may vary and travel to the clinical setting is the responsibility of the student.
 
Specific goals of the program:
 
  • To prepare individuals for employment in physical therapy settings under the supervision of a Physical therapist.
  • To work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner.
  • To provide, in addition to general education and basic science courses, a combination of didactic and clinical learning experiences offered in an integrated and sequential manner to assure entry level proficiency.
 
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
 
  • The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in the health care setting using appropriate measurement and assessment techniques using the knowledge of indications and contraindications of the disease process.
  • The ability to appropriately observe and report important patient responses by recognizing abnormal and normal responses to interventions and by recognizing the need for intervention modification in response to observations.
  • The ability to understand the rights and responsibilities of returning the individual with a disability as a functioning member within the community, using knowledge of the federal regulations regarding Americans with Disabilities.
  • Basic competency in carrying out interventions by obtaining necessary medical information, organizing the intervention programs, altering the interventions appropriately, and by demonstrating knowledge of indications and contraindications in the patient care.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with the supervising therapist, appropriate medical personnel, families and patients, using appropriate oral and written medical terminology and recording this information in the patient record.
  • The awareness of the current social, political and economic aspects of health care by demonstrating appropriate assessment of the treatment plan’s effectiveness and timely recommendation for the reevaluation of the patient by the physical therapist.
  • The ability to perform appropriate measure­ment and assessment techniques within the knowledge and limits of practice to assist the supervising physical therapists in monitoring and modifying the plan of care.
  • To be critical consumers of the literature through critical analyzes and discussion.
  • To be an active contributor in the health care system and community.
  • To accept responsibility for continuous professional development.

Sport Management

The program at UCC has a solid foundation of business, computers, and liberal arts courses. This permits more options with the greatest potential for professional development in terms of job responsibilities and monetary compensation. It provides students with opportunities to develop what most business employers perceive as entry-level skills (e.g., public speaking, writing for business, and general economics). It also introduces students to financial accounting, marketing, and legal issues applicable to the industry. 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to locate, understand and resolve issues.
  • Explore and understand the diverse societal issues involved in sport management.
  • Develop interpersonal and communications skills necessary to function effectively.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use sport technology.
  • Understand and explain how sport has impacted local, national, and international issues.
  • Examine the value of collaborative work in the contemporary sport management environment.
  • Apply knowledge of the aspects of finance, human resources, marketing, legal issues, and budgeting that are integral to sport management.
  • Develop and improve professionalism and work ethics.
  • Investigate the possible careers available in this field.

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Technical Studies

The A.A.S. degree in Technical Studies will provide a means for students to acquire credits based on technical training within their employing organization. Credit may be granted to individuals who have successfully completed courses evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) in a corporate, industrial or military training program or through a certified apprenticeship training program in the building and construction trades and who are interested in pursuing an associate in applied science degree  according to the following guidelines:

Program is evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE)

  • Collegiate-level depth/breath of curriculum beyond entry-level requirements
  • Number of lecture/lab hours of study
  • Company and trainer certifications
  • Prior completion of prerequisites or predetermined skill level
  • Types of assessments Level of supervision
  • Cooperative/apprenticeship experiences associated with the training

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply theory and hands-on practices to the specific area of technical studies within their employing organization;
  • Perform laboratory procedures and assess the validity of experimental/diagnostic data;
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve technical problems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and present information in a logical and systematic manner;
  • Express and interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally, in written, and electronic formats;
  • Demonstrate information literacy through familiarity and the effective use of technical literature in their field of study.

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Accounting

Graduates of this Associate in Applied Science degree program are prepared for employment as junior accountants with large corporations. The program provides some of the needed academic background for a C.P.A.

Graduates may seek employment in industrial or general accounting or work in areas such as credit, collections (internal), governmental accounting, or payroll supervision. The program may be a “stepping stone” to law or employment with the Treasury Department or the Justice Department. Transfer of credits to a four-year college is conditional upon the receiving college or university. You should consult with the Program Coordinator prior to submitting applications.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats
  • Describe the underlying theoretical and ethical framework of accounting concepts in a variety of settings
  • Prepare, utilizing critical thinking skills and appropriate software and accounting principles, a set of complete financial books and supportive records
  • Describe the managerial application of accounting data and its intended impact
  • Describe the governing principles of the practice of accounting
  • Analyze and discuss the effect of globalization, personal, and cultural development on the practice of accounting

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Automotive Technology

This program is a cooperative program between Union County Vocational-Technical School and UNION County College. All courses are taught by Union County College faculty. The AUT professors are ASE certified. The AUT courses will be offered only on the Scotch Plains campus of Union County College at the state of the art automotive facility of the Vocational-Technical School.

The Automotive Technology Program is a competency-based course of study designed to train and prepare the serious student in eight automotive areas: Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Electrical & Electronic Repair, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Manual Drive Trains, and Automatic Transmissions. Eligible Auto Technology students may participate in work activities such as internships, mentoring, apprenticeships and Cooperative Industrial Education.

The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical competency in each of the ASE areas covered within the Automotive Technology Curriculum.
  • Apply automotive repair methods to satisfy business and industry standards.
  • Employ automotive computer software applications to diagnosis automotive problems.
  • Utilize automotive computer software applications to generate technical service bulletins and procedures for repair of automotive problems.
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills in the solution of automotive problems.
  • Manage a team project both as a leader and as a member.
  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical competency to attain ASE certification and repair licensing required within the Automotive Industry.

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Business and Computer Applications Technology

 

This is a comprehensive two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program which prepares the graduate to develop a high degree of administrative support competence with personal qualities to satisfy the most exacting business standards. The program covers both the basic administrative management skills as well as advanced training for the achievement of professional status.

Challenge exams for keyboarding are given to those students who qualify. See program coordinator.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop proficiency in the use of current computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and professional presentation software;
  • Discuss the ethical and societal ramifications of technology in the workplace;
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems involving computer applications;
  • Develop proofreading and technical editing skills including the ability to use correct grammar and punctuation for communicating effectively in written, verbal, and electronic formats.

 

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Business Management

Developed for the student who wishes to acquire additional management skills and is planning a program in preparation for a business career of his/her choice. Flexibility in course selection enables the student to achieve his/her specific educational, career and personal goals. The Business Management program has been designed as a career program in preparing students for first line and/or mid-management positions.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and electronic formats
  • Describe past and current management theories and principles and application
  • Describe the psychological and sociological theories that support the management practice of employee motivation, morale and team building to accomplish organizational objectives
  • Describe the challenges facing management in a changing domestic and global business environment
  • Enumerate the principles governing ethical behavior in business

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Business Marketing

The Marketing Program prepares students with a fundamental knowledge of business procedures with an emphasis on a specialization in Marketing. Additionally, the program contains a substantial general education component to provide students with a more complete educational background. Although this program is not designed to be a transfer program, many of the courses would be acceptable for transfer. Upon completion of this program, students will be qualified to enter entry-level positions in advertising, marketing, public relations, and retailing and sales. Individuals currently employed in the Marketing area may wish to sharpen their skills by enrolling in certain courses or the entire program.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and electronic formats
  • Demonstrate an ability to do product planning, distribution, pricing and promotion in support of a specified marketing initiative
  • Discuss the sociological and psychological principles that apply when studying and managing the behavior of customers/consumers
  • Describe the general environmental factors that impact local, national and global trade
  • Enumerate the principles governing the ethical practices of the marketing industry

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