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Clinical Education

Students enrolled in the Exercise Science Concentration engage in clinical observation and education in several classes within the program.

The following classes require observation and interaction with affiliated sites:

  • MOVP 0101CLINICAL EXPERIENCES IN EXERCISE SCIENCE I (1)

Exercise Science Program course designed to teach basic skills relating to assessment, equipment knowledge and calibration. In addition, students will develop communication and interpersonal skills relating to client learning styles through applied experiences in exercise-related assessment and programming. This class must be repeated once. Prerequisite: minimum overall GPA of 2.7.

Clinical Experiences 1a:

1 credit class 50 minutes per week for 16 weeks
Introduction to professions related to Exercise Science. No observation hours required.

At the end of this class students will be able to:

  • Identify the different professions related to Exercise and Sport Science
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the WSU Exercise Science Program and application process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Intermediate Standing Policy through the completion of a professional portfolio
  • Initiate a basic health promotion message through the design and implementation of a campus bulletin board
  • Recognize the challenges and details relating to exercise testing from the subject perspective.

Clinical Experiences 2b:

1 credit class 50 minutes per week for 16 weeks with 5 hr/wk additional lab and observation time

At the end of this class students will be able to:

  • Perform basic blood pressure assessment with apparently healthy individuals healthy individuals
  • Perform basic body composition assessment with apparently healthy individuals
  • Perform initial fitness center orientations with apparently healthy individuals
  • Perform basic pre-screening, health appraisal and risk assessment with apparently healthy individuals and/or campus fitness center members
  • Students create and design bulletin boards for on-campus wellness center

MOVP 0201CLINICAL EXPERIENCES IN EXERCISE SCIENCE  II (1)

Exercise Science Program course designed to teach basic skills relating to assessment, equipment knowledge and calibration. In addition, students will develop communication and interpersonal skills relating to client learning styles through applied experiences in exercise-related assessment and programming. This class must be repeated once. Prerequisite: Exercise Science program admission and minimum overall GPA of 2.7.

Practical Applications for Clinical Education

1 credit 50-minute class per semester for 16 weeks with minimum100 hours of additional experience.

Students in the Clinical Experiences II class will focus on the application of skills in a variety of Exercise Science settings. Students will complete a supervised experience of 7-10/hrs per week (minimum 100 hours per semester) of hands-on training at an affiliated site. Site assignment will be coordinated by the Clinical Coordinator.

MOVP 0390 SENIOR SEMINAR IN EXERCISE SCIENCE (1)

Provides an opportunity for senior-level Exercise Science students to discuss current issues in the field as well as the transition to professional practice or graduate school. Preparation for professional certification examinations and post-graduation professional development will also be examined. Prerequisite: MOVP 0201

Practical Application for Clinical Education

Students will complete a case study on an individual participating in the WSU Community Fitness Partners Program. In addition, students will take either the ACSM Health Fitness Specialist Certification (ACSM-HFS) examination or the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (NSCA-CSCS) examination upon completion of this class. Students will also be invited to assist in the research process.

MOVP 0292 PRINCIPLES OF GROUP EXERCISE PROGRAMMING (3)

This course will highlight exercise leadership and programming through the process of teaching and instruction within various group exercise science settings.  Theoretical principles related to group exercise class programming; teaching methods, class management and control, instructional media and materials, and self-evaluation are presented. In addition, a variety of group exercise modalities will be explored. This course prepares the student to take a nationally recognized group exercise certification exam. Prerequisite: MOVP 0101 or Permission of Instructor

Practical Applications for Clinical Education

  • Students will participate in group exercise classes taught by experts in a variety of modalities.
  • Students complete two practical examinations, one involving teaching a small group activity and the other teaching a large group class.

MOVP 0310 GEROKINESIOLOGY (3)

This course focuses on the physiological processes of aging and the impact of specific exercise programming for the older adult population.  Students will gain an understanding of common orthopedic and cardiovascular considerations and develop an ability to employ modifications in exercise testing and prescription through service learning experiences with the older adult population.  Other topics will include: common health problems and illnesses, drugs/medications, psychological and sociological needs, and activities of daily living relevant for the older adult population. Prerequisite: MOVP 0204 and MOVP 0205 and Intermediate Standing

Practical Applications for Clinical Education

  • Students complete a practical examination through the administration of the Senior Fitness Tests to active older adults within the community
  • Students teach a group exercise class to Senior Center members

MOVP 0320 FITNESS ASSESSMENT & EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION (3)

Analysis of the facets of fitness assessment and exercise prescription, based on the guidelines and certification requirements established by the American College of Sports Medicine. Students will participate in, administer, and analyze: exercise stress tests, body composition assessment, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility tests. Concepts, principles and theories based on research from the fields of exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and tests and measurement will be applied to fitness assessment and exercise prescription. Prerequisite: MOVP 0204 and MOVP 0205 and Intermediate Standing

Practical Applications for Clinical Education

  • Students complete a peer case study
  • Students will complete at least two practical examinations focusing on health appraisal, flexibility, muscular strength, body composition, and cardiorespiratory fitness.
  • Students complete two standardized-format, computer-based examinations in preparation for national certification examinations.

MOVP 0321 SUPERVISING SPORTS/FITNESS PROGRAMS (3)

An overview of the objectives, strategies and policies regarding the management and promotion of Exercise Science-Related programs.  Specific learning experience will be designed to enhance the individual’s technical, human, and conceptual skills.  Prerequisite:  MOVP 0105, MOVP 0106 or MOVP 0100.

Practical Applications for Clinical Education

  • Students complete a case study of a fitness manager
  • Students create, implement and evaluate incentive program for on-campus wellness center

MOVP 0328 FITNESS/REHAB FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS (3)

This course will explore fitness assessment and exercise prescription for special populations.  The effects of exercise on the process of aging will be examined.  The special needs of those individuals with various medical conditions will be explored.  Research in the areas of exercise physiology and medicine will serve as resources for the development of safe and effective exercise programs for individuals with special needs.  Prerequisites: MOVP 0204, MOVP 0205 and Intermediate Standing.

Practical application for Clinical Education

  • Students complete a comprehensive review of evidence-based literature on a special population.
  • Students conduct a group exercise class to a simulated special population

MOVP 0397 EXERCISE SCIENCE CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP (4-12)

Provides the student enrolled in the Exercise Science Concentration with an opportunity for further practical experience in a related field. The students will work under the supervision of an agency/institution director and will be supervised by a faculty member from the MSSLS Department. This capstone experience will include a major and minor project, case study, journal reflection and formal presentation. Individual conferences and group seminars are held in addition to the clock hours. Prerequisites: Advanced Standing

Requirements of the Internship include the following:

  • a minor and major project
  • a review of evidence-based literature on a relevant topic
  • a case study
  • journal
  • internship portfolio
  • campus presentation