Competencies

Competencies describe activities or behaviors you should be able to demonstrate after completing your program. Each competency is addressed by at least one of the program’s classes or clinical experiences.

  • Describe the relationship between structure and function of various organ systems as related to movement patterns and exercise responses and adaptations in response to exercise training in healthy and diseased states. (ES 200, ES 380, ANA 407)
  • Discuss the interaction of diet and exercise in energy metabolism and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. (ES 402)
  • Describe the basic mechanisms that underlie the adaptive response of the various body systems to exercise training. (ES 200, ES 380)
  • Demonstrate competency in administering various fitness or performance assessments. (ES 310/410, ES 442)
  • Identify symptoms or circumstances that contraindicate exercise or fitness testing. (ES 310/410, ES 442)
  • Describe the anatomy of major organ systems and tissue structures in the human body. (ES 342, ES 207, ANA 407)
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of, and standard medical care for common sport- or exercise-related injuries. (ES 300)
  • Describe the basic mechanisms of common sport- or exercise-related injuries and repair. (ES 300)
  • Discuss the interaction between exercise and various diseases or conditions through the lifespan. (ES 200, ES 340)
  • Describe the basic principles of exercise programming and prescription for various populations, both healthy and unhealthy. (ES 310, ES 442)
  • Critically analyze scientific and non-scientific literature related to the exercise sciences. (ES 341)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various information systems to search and retrieve scientific and non-scientific literature. (ES 341)
  • Explain the role of physical activity and diet in the prevention and management of chronic disease. (ES 200, NTR 108, ES 402)
  • Demonstrate competency in health promotion and program planning. (ES 410, ES 468)
  • Apply classroom knowledge and skills to workplace settings. (ES 429)
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, problem solving and personal interaction skills. (ES 429, ES 450, ES 340)
  • Recognize the basic essential nutrients and common food sources. (NTR 108)
  • Explain the relationship between nutritional deficiencies and specific chronic disease throughout the lifespan. (NTR 108)
  • Explain the relationship between lifecycle stages and specific nutrient requirements. (NTR 108)
  • Explain the relationship of current public health issues and nutritional habits. (NTR 108, ES 468)
  • Interpret and apply findings from empirical nutritional research. (ES 402)