Program Requirements

Professional Skills & Technical Standards

Students in Exercise Physiology must demonstrate certain minimum skills, including:

  1. Observational and Examination Skills

    1. obtain an appropriate health/fitness/medical history from the patient/client.
    2. accurately examine body systems and determine vision, hearing, speech and non-verbal communication, cognition, strength, flexibility, and functional capacities of patients/clients.
    3. accurately examine cardiovascular fitness, including vital signs, blood pressure, heart sounds, breathing patterns, and exercise endurance.
    4. observe demonstrations and participate in classroom and laboratory experiences.
    5. reliably read all equipment monitors and dials.
  2. Communication Skill

    1. communicate with others in a respectful, polite and confident manner.
    2. accurately complete all written assignments on time.
    3. maintain accurate documentation in patient/client records.
    4. demonstrate effective use of therapeutic communication such as maintaining eye contact, attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, and touching.
    5. demonstrate respect of personal space of patients/clients and others.
    6. demonstrate appropriate non-verbal communication.
    7. translate complex information simply and clearly.
    8.  maintain confidentiality of patient/client information/records.
    9. demonstrate understanding of English, including speaking, reading, and writing using correct grammar, accurate spelling, and expression.
    10. use communication technology effectively, i.e. telephone, computer, e-mail.
  3. Motor Skills

    1. accurately use manual techniques to assess pulses, skin condition, muscle and tendon activity, joint and limb movement.
    2. manipulate with precision dials, knobs, and other parts of equipment used in the practice setting.
    3. negotiate level surfaces, stairs, ramps and equipment that moves as necessary to assist patients/clients appropriately; perform a variety of examinations and procedures which require changing position, sitting, standing, squatting, kneeling, and maintaining balance.
    4. respond quickly and effectively to sudden or unexpected movements of patients/clients.
    5. perform basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.), infant through adult.
    6. demonstrate the ability to sustain performance in the practice setting for an 8 – 10 hour workday.
  4. Critical Thinking Skills

    1. demonstrate the ability to recall knowledge, comprehend and interpret, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information obtained during didactic, laboratory, and/or practice setting experiences.
    2. demonstrate problem-solving skills necessary for identifying/prioritizing problems, and developing appropriate solutions and treatment plans for patient/client problems as well as evaluating those solutions for efficacy.
    3. demonstrate the ability evaluate and integrate scientific research.
  5. Behavioral and Social Skills

    1. demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills evidenced by mature, sensitive, and effective professional interactions
    2. demonstrate a positive attitude (motivation) toward learning
    3. demonstrate attributes of honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, compassion,  empathy, and continuous regard for others
    4. demonstrate emotional well-being necessary for exercising sound judgment
    5. demonstrate appropriate time management, dependability, and punctuality
    6. demonstrate ability to critique own performance, accept responsibility for one's own actions, and follow through on commitments and assignments
    7. actively seek help when necessary and appropriately utilize constructive feedback
    8. demonstrate organizational skills, completing all professional responsibilities and assignments in a timely manner
    9. adapt to ever-changing environments, demonstrating flexibility, and learning in the face of the uncertainties and stresses inherent in the educational and practice settings
    10. respect cultural and personal differences of others, including being non-judgmental
    11. delegate responsibility appropriately, and function as a member of a team
    12. maintain appropriate professional distance with patients/clients.
    13. maintain appropriate personal hygiene and adhere to dress codes mandated by the school and practice setting.