Internships

HPEX Clincal Experiences (Internships)

About Our Program

Designed as an integral part of each student’s professional preparation, our clinical experiences, or internships, contribute significantly to student development. These structured experiences are intended to provide opportunities for the student to apply theory, acquire professional skills, and develop as a young professional. In addition, the supervised clinical experiences provide each student with an opportunity to gain an appreciation for the diverse operations of their individual placement settings and allow for a gradual, smooth adjustment into the role of a practicing professional.

Our internship program offers students a total of 600 total contact hours at up to 3 unique clinical sites.  Each student has the opportunity to select from a setting in either the public, private, or commercial sector. These clinical experiences are considered a valuable supplement to classroom instruction and are an essential component of the entire professional education experience; preparing our students to be both professionally and clinically competent within their individual concentration’s scope of practice.  The offered courses are listed as follows: HPEX 395, HPEX 495, and HPEX 496.

HPEX 395: Clinical Experience I

HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I Semester course: 3 clinical hours. 3 credits.

Prerequisites for students in the exercise science concentration: HPEX 375, junior standing and permission of instructor.

Prerequisites for students in the health sciences concentration: HPEX 250, HPEX 300, HPEX 353 and BIOL 205, junior standing, and permission of instructor.

Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Students are also expected to maintain current CPR/AED/FA certification throughout the semester. Students should consult with an adviser or course instructor to obtain concentration-specific course prerequisites and course requirements. Addresses competencies in exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. Provides experiences at an approved affiliate site under the supervision of faculty and approved site supervisors. Students gain practical experience in routine and basic procedures associated with exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. A minimum of 40 contact hours per credit hour required (120 total hours).

 

HPEX 495: Clinical Experience II

HPEX 495 Clinical Experience II Semester course: 6 clinical hours. 6 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX 395, senior standing, permission of instructor and minimum grade of C in all HPEX prerequisite courses. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Students are also expected to maintain current CPR/AED/FA certification throughout the semester. Students should consult with an adviser or course instructor to obtain concentration-specific course prerequisites and course requirements. Fulfills capstone requirement. Addresses competencies in exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. Provides experiences at an approved affiliate site under the supervision of faculty and approved site supervisors. Students gain practical experience in routine, intermediate and advanced procedures associated with exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. A minimum of 40 contact hours per credit hour required (240 total hours).

Finding More Information

Prior to each semester there are open informational meetings about each course in which a number of important topics are covered.  Each student that plans on enrolling in one of the clinical experience courses should plan on attending the appropriate meeting the semester prior.  There is also an informational, or organization, Blackboard page available for any student to join.  The “HPEX Clinical Experience” page can be joined by: selecting the “Organization” tab in Blackboard; searching for the “HPEX Clinical Experience” page under the “Organization Search” bar; once up on the screen, students must click to enroll into the course; and finally once you are enrolled in the course, you will have access to all materials on the page.

There are multiple policies for each course and specific questions about the internship programs can be answered by information available on the Blackboard Organization page; any remaining questions should be directed towards the Clinical Coordinator.

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