Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate principles and methods of math, social sciences, and arts and humanities to applied physiology and kinesiology, wellness, and/or fitness environments. For example:
    a. Intern can perform body composition calculations.
    b. Intern can identify socioeconomic impacts on health and fitness behaviors.
    c. Intern can calculate target and max heart rates in order to prescribe aerobic exercise
  2. Identify and relate the nomenclature, structures, and locations of components of human anatomy to health, disease, and physical activity. For example:
    a. Intern can identify muscles used in specific exercises and name other exercises that use those muscles.
    b. Intern can name specific structures damaged by pathologies like diabetes.
  3. Identify, examine, and explain physiological mechanisms of homeostasis at various levels of an organism (i.e., cells, tissues, organs, systems). For example:
    a. Intern can explain the baroreflex.
    b. Intern can explain why skeletal muscle cells atrophy when immobilized.
    c. Intern can describe the impact of respiration on blood pH.
  4. Investigate and explain the effects of physical activity on psychological health as well as the perspectives used to enhance adherence to healthier lifestyles. For example:
    a. Intern can explain how exercise helps depression.
    b. Intern knows where to locate information related to psychological health impacts of various activities.
    c. Interns can identify and properly refer individuals with eating disorders.
  5. Identify and explain the acute and chronic anatomical and physiological adaptations to exercise, training, and physical activity. For example:
    a. Intern can explain why resting HR and BP are reduced following endurance training.
    b. Intern can identify immediate and long-term benefits of resistance training.
  6. Select and utilize the appropriate scientific principles when assessing the health and fitness of an individual and prescribing physical activity based on those assessments. For example:
    a. Intern can select a safe fitness test for a cardiac patient.
    b. Intern can perform skinfold testing and use that data to prescribe appropriate amounts of exercise.
  7. Solve applied physiology and kinesiology problems from personal, scholarly, and professional perspectives using fundamental concepts of health and exercise, scientific inquiry, and analytical, critical, and creative thinking. For example:
    a. Intern can describe which populations might be prone to ankle sprains.
    b. Intern can identify medications which might lead to an impaired ability to perform aerobic exercise.
    c. Intern can prescribe exercise to suit the goals of clients based on fitness assessments.
  8. Collect, compare, and interpret qualitative or quantitative data in an applied physiology and kinesiology context. For example:
    a. Intern can perform a submaximal VO2 test and use the collected data to classify the subject’s level of fitness.
    b. Intern can perform a laboratory experiment and compare their results to other similar studies.
  9. Effectively employ written, oral, visual, and electronic communication techniques to foster inquiry, collaboration, and engagement among applied physiology and kinesiology peers and professionals as well as with patients, clients, and/or subjects. For example:
    a. Intern can explain to a patient the importance of hydration during exercise.
    b. Intern can generate professional emails to ask scientific or medical questions.
    c. Intern can generate an abstract to present research at a scientific or medical conference.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) occurs through completion of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) Evaluation. Supervisors will evaluate interns on the 9 specific learning outcomes using a Likert scale. Interns must earn an average of 3 on at least 6 of the 9 competencies in order to successfully meet the internship requirement. Sites who cannot offer interns the opportunity to be evaluated on at least 6 competencies will not be approved to offer APK internship opportunities.