Professional Skills & Technical Standards
Students in Exercise Physiology must demonstrate certain minimum skills, including:
Observational and Examination Skills
- obtain an appropriate health/fitness/medical history from the patient/client.
- accurately examine body systems and determine vision, hearing, speech and non-verbal communication, cognition, strength, flexibility, and functional capacities of patients/clients.
- accurately examine cardiovascular fitness, including vital signs, blood pressure, heart sounds, breathing patterns, and exercise endurance.
- observe demonstrations and participate in classroom and laboratory experiences.
- reliably read all equipment monitors and dials.
- communicate with others in a respectful, polite and confident manner.
- accurately complete all written assignments on time.
- maintain accurate documentation in patient/client records.
- demonstrate effective use of therapeutic communication such as maintaining eye contact, attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, and touching.
- demonstrate respect of personal space of patients/clients and others.
- demonstrate appropriate non-verbal communication.
- translate complex information simply and clearly.
- maintain confidentiality of patient/client information/records.
- demonstrate understanding of English, including speaking, reading, and writing using correct grammar, accurate spelling, and expression.
- use communication technology effectively, i.e. telephone, computer, e-mail.
- accurately use manual techniques to assess pulses, skin condition, muscle and tendon activity, joint and limb movement.
- manipulate with precision dials, knobs, and other parts of equipment used in the practice setting.
- 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.
- respond quickly and effectively to sudden or unexpected movements of patients/clients.
- perform basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.), infant through adult.
- demonstrate the ability to sustain performance in the practice setting for an 8 – 10 hour workday.
Critical Thinking Skills
- demonstrate the ability to recall knowledge, comprehend and interpret, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information obtained during didactic, laboratory, and/or practice setting experiences.
- 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.
- demonstrate the ability evaluate and integrate scientific research.
Behavioral and Social Skills
- demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills evidenced by mature, sensitive, and effective professional interactions
- demonstrate a positive attitude (motivation) toward learning
- demonstrate attributes of honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, compassion, empathy, and continuous regard for others
- demonstrate emotional well-being necessary for exercising sound judgment
- demonstrate appropriate time management, dependability, and punctuality
- demonstrate ability to critique own performance, accept responsibility for one's own actions, and follow through on commitments and assignments
- actively seek help when necessary and appropriately utilize constructive feedback
- demonstrate organizational skills, completing all professional responsibilities and assignments in a timely manner
- adapt to ever-changing environments, demonstrating flexibility, and learning in the face of the uncertainties and stresses inherent in the educational and practice settings
- respect cultural and personal differences of others, including being non-judgmental
- delegate responsibility appropriately, and function as a member of a team
- maintain appropriate professional distance with patients/clients.
- maintain appropriate personal hygiene and adhere to dress codes mandated by the school and practice setting.