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Program Standards

A candidate for the B.S. in Health & Fitness Management must have abilities and skills in the areas of critical thinking, communication, and visual, hearing, and behavioral function as well as mobility, motor and tactile functions. Reasonable accommodations will be made on an individual basis; however, the candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner.

Standard Examples of Activities

Critical thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient for primary judgments within the program’s knowledge, skills and abilities.

Identify cause-effect relationships in health, wellness, fitness, and/or management situations; develop organizational plans, emergency plans, strategic plans, and problem-solve in the area of health & fitness.
Communications: Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction in verbal and written form with other individuals including peers, supervisors, and the public. Able to obtain information, explain procedures or policies, explain exercise program design and interpret nonverbal communications.
Visual: Visual ability sufficient for observation in the practice setting and the use of equipment. Able to identify potential hazards within the workplace, exercise facility, or the outside environment to insure the safety of people. Able to read equipment dials, tape measures and charts.
Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs of others and the insure the safety of the environment. Able to listen to supervisor’s instructions and to assist the public for the purpose of program development. Able to hear alarms or emergency signals.
Behavioral: Emotional health sufficient to totally utilize his or her intellectual abilities. Able to function effectively during stressful situations. Able to adapt to changing work environments in a variety of settings including commercial, community, work-site and clinical; also, demonstrate the ability to appropriately interact with others.
Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to properly perform a variety of task within the health and fitness setting (including standing, walking, bending, range of motion of extremities) Able to complete tasks which may include but are not limited to: administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, demonstrate proper equipment fit, and use, demonstrate cardiorespiratory and/or strength training exercises, demonstrate flexibility exercises, lift a minimum of twenty pounds, etc.
Motor: Gross and fine motor function sufficient to provide safe and effective care to an individual appropriate to the setting. Able to calibrate and use equipment; to use a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff simultaneously.
Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. Able to perform palpation of a pulse, take skinfold and circumference measurements.