Safety and Technical Standards | Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Successful participation in the Carroll University Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program requires that a candidate possess the ability to meet the requirements of the program. Though the program may modify certain course requirements to provide a person with a handicap an equivalent opportunity to achieve results equal to those of a person without a handicap, there are no substitutes for the following essential skills.

In preparation for professional roles, exercise physiology students are expected to demonstrate the ability to meet the demands encountered within the career field. Certain functional abilities are essential for the delivery of safe and effective interventions. An applicant to the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program must meet and maintain the following safety and technical standards for progression throughout the program. Students unable to meet these technical standards will not be able to complete the program. Students shall notify the program in a timely manner of any change in their ability to meet technical standards.

Technical Standards

The safety and technical standards include, but are not limited to, the following:

Communication Ability

The student must communicate effectively verbally and non-verbally to obtain important information and to clearly explain information to others as well as to facilitate communication among the patient, family members and other professionals. Each student must have the ability to speak and comprehend the English language as well as be able to read and write in a manner that meets the standards for literacy in higher education. Students must be able to actively listen and possess basic interviewing skills. The student must be able to document and maintain accurate records, and present information in a professional and appropriate manner to the target audience.

Intellectual/Cognitive Ability

The student must demonstrate the ability to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential to the field of exercise physiology. Problem solving skills include the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and judge objective and subjective data, and to make decisions in a timely manner that reflect thoughtful deliberation and sound judgment. The student must also possess the ability to comprehend, retain, retrieve and incorporate prior knowledge with new information from multiple sources including, but not limited to self, peers, instructors and related literature to formulate sound decisions for competent client/patient management, practice management and scholarship.

Interpersonal Attributes

The student is expected to demonstrate sufficient stable emotional behavior to effectively work with others, perform assessment, and perform intervention activities. Empathy, integrity, motivation, honesty, and caring are personal attributes required of those in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program. The student must have the ability to establish rapport and maintain respectful interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, groups and professionals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds and to collaborate effectively. Each student must be able to adapt to changing environments, displaying flexibility and a positive demeanor as well as to accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and professional settings. In addition, the student must demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability for their actions and reactions to individuals, groups, and situations to include the prompt completion of all responsibilities and tasks in the classroom and professional settings. Students must demonstrate continuous self-assess to improve as a professional.

Ability to Manage Stressful Situations

The student must be able to adapt to, and function effectively in relation to, stressful situations encountered in both the classroom and professional settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program, and must effectively manage these stressors on an ongoing basis. These stressors might be related to (but are not limited to) personal issues, family, peers, supervisors/faculty, and clients/patients.

Health Screening and Background Check

The student is required to have completed a health screening, updated immunizations and tuberculosis screening according to current Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for health professionals, criminal background investigation and drug screening as required by internship placement sites. Exceptions to the immunization requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis where, for example, a student has an allergy to a vaccine or one of its components. If an exception to the immunization requirements is approved, the University cannot guarantee that its affiliated hospitals and clinics will allow the student to participate in patient care, which is a fundamental requirement of the clinical education component of the program.


An applicant/candidate with a handicap shall not, on the basis of his or her handicap, except those that would preclude the essential skills outlined above, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, nor be subjected to discrimination in the program. Carroll University may require that the applicant/student undergo a physical examination and/or an occupational skills evaluation.

All Master of Science in Exercise Physiology students must be able to perform the essential functions of a student exercise physiologist. Reasonable accommodations will be afforded to students with disabilities as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A student who can no longer perform the essential functions of a student physical therapist must report this to his/her program adviser. If reasonable accommodations cannot be made, the student will not be able to remain in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program.

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