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Physical Therapy & Kinesiology

Exercise Science General Policies

The undergraduate Exercise Science curriculum (Degree Pathway) at UMass Lowell has a strong foundation in the sciences and meets all core curriculum requirements of the university.

General Program Requirements

  • Students must meet with their advisor each semester for pre-registration advising.
  • Students must provide evidence of current CPR Certification (infant through adult) prior to entry into their senior year.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions and/or Technical Standards and adhere to those standards in the laboratory and practice setting when necessary.
  • All Exercise Science students must adhere to the College of Health Sciences Student Policies regarding National Criminal Background Checks, Clinical Affiliate Random Drug Screening, and Social Media Policy.
  • Once accepted all Exercise Science students are expected to take all remaining science courses at UMass Lowell. Per UMass Lowell policy, taking a course required of the degree at another college/university requires chairperson permission prior to taking the course. Such permission will only be given for extenuating circumstances.

Requirements to Maintain Matriculation in Exercise Science

All of the requirements listed below are required to remain enrolled in the ES program. Students who do not meet these conditions, will be dismissed from the program:

  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative/overall GPA.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative average in required science courses.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 average in ES major courses (all EXER Courses).
  • May not get less than a C in any professional major course (major courses begin with EXER).
  • May not withdraw from any professional major course (major courses begin with EXER).
  • Must successfully complete any course in the ES program following the degree pathway in the appropriate time sequence. Successful completion of major courses with a grade of C or higher is required to continue progression in the ES program. In addition successful completion of major courses following withdrawal is required to continue progression in the ES program.
  • Must meet all conditions of probation for the remainder of the time in the ES program.
  • Must meet all College of Health Sciences and ES program criteria.

Technical Standards

The following guidelines have been developed to specify the essential functions students must demonstrate in order to fulfill the requirements of the Exercise Science curricula. Functions listed are required for the learning and practice of critical thinking, communication, and technical skills taught in the curricula. These functions may be required in practicum, classroom and laboratory environments.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell Exercise Science program will consider for admission any applicant who demonstrates the ability to perform or learn to perform the functions listed in this document with or without reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments consistent with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Applicants with disabilities are not required to disclose the existence or nature of their disability during the admissions process; however, any applicant with questions about these technical requirements is strongly encouraged to discuss the issue with a Department representative. If appropriate, and upon the request of the applicant/student, academic adjustments and/or reasonable accommodations may be provided.

Students in Exercise Science 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 in the context of Exercise Physiology.
  • Accurately examine cardiovascular fitness, including vital signs, blood pressure, breathing patterns, and exercise endurance.
  • Observe demonstrations and participate in classroom and laboratory experiences.
  • Reliably read all equipment monitors and dials.

Communication Skills

  • Communicate (verbal, nonverbal and written) with others in a respectful, polite and confident manner.
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation in all written assignments in classroom and practicum settings.
  • Translate complex information simply and clearly.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information/records in all settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding of English, including speaking, reading, and writing using correct grammar, accurate spelling, and expression.
  • Use communication technology timely and effectively, i.e. telephone, computer, UMass Lowell student email, SIS and other classroom technologies.

Motor Skills


  • Attend lecture and laboratory classes and access laboratories, classrooms and work stations.
  • Attend internships in assigned locations.
  • Accomplish required physical tasks for assessment, demonstration, leadership, and assistance in academic, laboratory, and internship settings.
  • Perform emergency procedures such as first aid or CPR in laboratory and internship setting.

Strength Tasks

  • Safely and effectively administer exercise and training techniques which require demonstration, facilitation, spotting, or resistance.
  • Manually adjust exercise and training equipment.
  • Safely assist and guard patients/clients during exercise testing and training.

Fine Motor and Coordination Skills

  • Use palpation and touch to accurately assess pulse, locate and prep sites for electrode placement, and skinfold measurement.
  • Accurately set equipment dials and switches, calipers, use stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers, and tape measures.
  • Accurately assess blood pressure.

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.
  • Delegate responsibility appropriately, and function as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrate respect of personal space.
  • Maintain appropriate personal hygiene and adhere to appropriate professional attire mandated by the department and practicum setting.
  • Display cultural competency for individual, social, gender, and cultural differences in fellow students, colleagues, faculty, patients/clients and community members.