Essential Functions and Technical Standards Required for coursework

The goal of the Exercise Science Major is to prepare students for entry-level careers involving a broad continuum of health and physical fitness in a variety of settings. Thus, the demands placed on students during their academic preparation are designed to reflect those encountered in the field upon graduation. Courses will educate students in the skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform the required functions associated with the entry-level exercise/fitness specialist. This document will identify the essential functions and technical standards required of students as stipulated by the faculty of the Exercise Science program. The student is expected to be able to meet these standards in order to be admitted into the Exercise Science Major and maintain the standards throughout their academic program.

If a student has a disability which may require special accommodation to perform the tasks listed, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Director of the Exercise Science program and the Student Disabilities Services Office so appropriate steps can be taken to determine whether reasonable accommodations may be made. In the event that a student is unable to fulfill these essential functions and technical standards, they may be asked to leave the program.

  1. Possess sufficient verbal and non-verbal communication skills that are necessary to interact and develop rapport with individuals in diverse situations and with individuals with different social and cultural backgrounds.
  2. Demonstrate the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts in the classroom and laboratory as well as be able to solve simple and complex problems likely to be encountered in exercise science settings.
  3. Prescribe appropriate exercise programs and perform appropriate exercise testing and exercise leadership procedures in a safe, reliable, ethical, legal and efficient manner.
  4. Demonstrate a calm demeanor during highly stressful/emergency situations and make sound judgments for the physically active or sedentary and the medical professional.
  5. Ability to develop a rapport with fellow students, health care professionals, instructors, community site supervisors and other individuals to insure quality medical attention is achieved.
  6. Ability to record information given by individuals such as clients, athletes, medical personnel and instructors efficiently and accurately.
  7. Demonstrate honesty, integrity, professionalism and maintain a high personal code of conduct both on and off campus.