Course Number and Title: EXS 135 Exercise Science Clinical I
This course is a supervised clinical experience performed in a fitness facility which provides the student with experience in fitness evaluation, prescription, and instruction.
Exercise Science Program Manual
Exercise Science Clinical Manual
Allied Health/Science Department Policy Manual
- Apply appropriate behavior patterns consistent with employer and professional association guidelines. (CCC 3, 4; PGC 1, 7, 8, 10)
- Use effective communication skills with clients and professional staff. (CCC 1; PGC 7, 8)
- Assist in the design and modification of safe and effective individualized exercise prescription plans based upon pre-exercise screenings. (CCC 6; PGC 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10)
- Explain and demonstrate the components of professional behaviors as applied in the classroom and clinical experiences. (CCC 3, 4; PGC 1, 5, 8, 10)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Apply appropriate behavior patterns consistent with employer and professional association guidelines.
- Perform the duties required of entry-level fitness center employees.
- Expand job-related knowledge and skills to improve performance and adjust to change.
- Report to work on time, as scheduled, and demonstrate dependability and cooperation.
- Work independently with minimal supervision.
- Use appropriate database software for record keeping.
- Organize and prioritize assigned work and schedule time to accommodate work demands, time requirements, and commitments.
- Meet the standards of professional and ethical conduct as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- Follow supervisory directions and guidelines and use feedback to modify behavior.
- Carry out assignments responsibly as determined by the site clinical coordinator of education and program clinical coordinator.
- Use effective communication skills with clients and professional staff.
- Explain work-site policies, procedures, and priorities.
- Apply policies and procedures to contribute to the efficiency of the fitness facility.
- Practice policies and procedures related to fitness practice, including confidentiality, amendment of individual records, release of information, and client rights.
- Use interpersonal skills effectively to build and maintain cooperative working relationships.
- Share information with co-workers as appropriate in compliance with Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- Handle difficult and sensitive situations tactfully.
- Communicate in a concise, logical, positive, and cooperative manner with management and supervisory staff, medical staff, co-workers, and other healthcare personnel.
- Educate clients regarding fitness and healthcare.
- Use critical thinking and problem solving skills within the scope of responsibility.
- Assist in the design and modification of safe and effective individualized exercise prescription plans based upon pre-exercise screenings.
- Perform routine fitness appraisal techniques, and design and implement individual fitness programs.
- Determine vital signs accurately, including pulse rates and blood pressures.
- Use designated equipment effectively, skillfully, and efficiently.
- Maintain the equipment and fitness facility as directed.
- Explain and demonstrate the components of professional behaviors as applied in the classroom and clinical experiences.
- Recognize professional behaviors and attributes of the professional behaviors tool.
- Self-assess professional behaviors, and modify accordingly.
- Adhere to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Clinical Site Experience Notebook (formative)
Final Clinical Assessment (summative)
Clinical Site Project (summative)
Discussion Boards (summative)
Professional Behaviors Assessment (summative)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Integrate professional behaviors in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner within the exercise science delivery system.
- Perform appropriate measurement and assessment techniques to assist in evaluating a client’s status for proper exercise prescription plans.
- Prescribe and implement a comprehensive exercise prescription plan based upon pre-exercise screenings.
- Communicate effectively with clients about their progress.
- Modify existing exercise prescription plans based upon routinely scheduled re-evaluations of clients.
- Document relevant aspects of client treatment.
- Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication skills with clients, their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public.
- Communicate knowledge by participating in the teaching and explaining of exercise science concepts to clients, colleagues, and the public.
- Recognize the importance of continued development of knowledge and skills through the practice of reading professional literature and attending continuing education activities.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge to aspects of clinical practice, as required of an entry-level Certified Exercise Science technologist.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.