Internship Goals

Discuss with your internship supervisor and apply the following Internship Goas to your Contract

General Goals

Identify major concepts related to Exercise Science

Develop skills related to conducting exercise tests and prescribing exercise programs

Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of exercise science

Build information literacy skills

Communicate efficiently

Cardiopulmonary Rehab

Gym/Fitness center

Physical Therapy Clinic
(Outpatient)

Physical Therapy
(Hospital Inpatient)

Occupational Therapy

Speech Language
Pathology

Registered Dieticians (RD) or Nutritionists

Residential Facilities

Cardiopulmonary Rehab

Measure blood pressure at rest and during exercise accurately*

Measure pulse (heart) rate at rest and during exercise accurately*

Recite basic characteristics of ECG readings (P wave, QRS complex, ST segment, T wave)

Recognize basic ECG patterns (Normal Sinus Rhythm, p wave inversion, widened QRS complex, long ST segment, T wave inversion, A-V block, Atrial Fibrillation, Ventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Fibrillation )

Instruct how to prep and place ECG electrodes (2-lead and 12-lead ECG)*

Describe the most common signs and symptoms of Myocardial Infarction (MI) and stroke

Describe the emergency protocols of the facility

Describe the policies and procedures of the facility

Calculate MET level for each client doing each exercise mode and intensity

Calculate therapeutic target heart rate for healthy and special populations (e.g. cardiovascular risks, diabetes, chronic obstructive lung diseases, obesity, pregnancy, post cardiac transplant, etc.)

Use and interpret the client’s perceived exhaustion scale (PES) to adjust the exercise intensity/mode

Recognize when the client/patient is in Valsalva maneuver and its implication to their BP

Explain client/patient scheduling

Treat all clients/patients professionally and respectfully (e.g. address individual’s name not the health issues,, remember their names, etc.)

Report the supervisor any sign/symptoms potential of MI, unstable angina, uncontrolled hypertension, respiratory distress, etc.

Provide 30min.-45min. Inservice (staff education) to the staff on a specific topic relevant to cardiac rehab

Create a fact sheet that can be used as a client education material or to be displayed in the facility (e.g. about a common health condition, exercise instruction, etc.)

Identify a small problem in the facility that can potentially be solved easily (e.g. appointment system, space use for safety, staff safety, etc.)



* If you are not permitted to work directly with the clients/patients, then accomplish this goal using staff members

Gym/Fitness Center

Classify each type of exercise that is being performed by the client (e.g. flexibility, strengthening, endurance, agility, balance, coordination)

List all the exercise equipment/tools and their purposes

Analyze the effectiveness of each exercise equipment/tools

Analyze the effectiveness of exercise instructions (Are the clients doing what they are supposed to do? Is the training providing necessary and timely feedback to modify their exercise form/mode/duration/intensity?)

Describe any discrepancies between what you have learned in ES major program at GCU vs. what is practiced in the facility.

Express orally the above to the supervisor tactfully and in a professional manner

Analyze the nutrition contents of all (or some of the) products/juices available at the facility

Analyze the psychology associates with physical training (e.g. dependency, addiction, helplessness, self-efficacy, goal setting, presence, placebo, nocebo, etc.)

Offer a 30-45 min. inservice (staff development) at the facility

Assist in developing/designing a staff profile chart or a webpage

Identify a small problem in the facility that can potentially be solved easily (e.g. appointment system, space use for safety, staff safety, etc.)

Communicate the above tactfully and professionally with the supervisor and if agreed, offer suggestions for solving it or actually solving it

Compare/contrast a variety of professional certifications the staff hold that are relevant to ES major

Physical Therapy Clinic (Outpatient)

Identify the most common (top 10) clinical diagnoses that their clients are referred to PT

Recognize the most common (top 10) PT procedures that are observed at the facility

Describe the most common (top 10) surgical procedures that you encounter at the facility

List all the precautions (mainly exercise precautions) for the above common clinical diagnoses/surgical procedures

List all the exercise equipment/tools and their purposes

Analyze the effectiveness of each exercise equipment/tools

Analyze the effectiveness of exercise instructions (Are the clients doing what they are supposed to do? Is the training providing necessary and timely feedback to modify their exercise form/mode/duration/intensity?)

Identify the basic functions of the wheelchair and operate/assist safely

Describe the emergency protocols of the facility

Describe the policies and procedures of the facility

Provide 30min.-45min. Inservice (staff education) to the staff on a specific topic relevant to cardiac rehab

Create a fact sheet that can be used as a client education material or to be displayed in the facility (e.g. about a common health condition, exercise instruction, etc.)

Identify a small problem in the facility that can potentially be solved easily (e.g. appointment system, space use for safety, staff safety, etc.)

Analyze the psychology associates with rehabilitation process (e.g. dependency, addiction, helplessness, self-efficacy, goal setting, presence, placebo, nocebo, regaining the concept of “self” etc.) 

Physical Therapy (Hospital Inpatient)

Identify the most common (top 10) clinical diagnoses that their clients are referred to PT

Recognize the most common (top 10) PT procedures that are observed at the facility

Describe the most common (top 10) surgical procedures that you encounter at the facility

List all the precautions (mainly exercise precautions) for the above common clinical diagnoses/surgical procedures

Identify the basic functions of the wheelchair and operate/assist safely

List all the exercise equipment/tools and their purposes

Analyze the effectiveness of each exercise equipment/tools

Analyze the effectiveness of exercise instructions (Are the clients doing what they are supposed to do? Is the training providing necessary and timely feedback to
modify their exercise form/mode/duration/intensity?)

Communicate with all staff professionally and effectively

Treat all clients/patients with respect and dignity (e.g. address each with their preferred name, etc.)

Identify sensory and motor function loss associated with aging or diseases (e.g. low vision, heard of hearing, hearing aid use, inability to reach shoes/socks, etc.)

Describe good and not-so-great communication that are observed in the facility

Describe the biomechanics of the basic activities of daily living (ADL)
• Rolling on the bed
• Sitting up from supine
• Sit to stand transfer
• Sit to sit transfer (toilet to wheelchair)
• Reaching
• Eating
• Brushing teeth
• Combing hairs
• Putting an arm through a sleeve
• Bottoning
• Opening door
• Relieving pressure off the bottocks by pressing the armrest of the chair downward (what muscles are the prime movers? What stabilizers in action?)

Describe the role of family and social network in their physical recovery

Analyze the psychology associates with physical training (e.g. dependency, addiction, helplessness, self-efficacy, goal setting, presence, placebo, nocebo, etc.)

Describe the emergency protocols of the facility

Describe the policies and procedures of the facility

Offer a 30-45 min. inservice (staff development) at the facility

Assist in developing/designing a staff profile chart or a webpage

Identify a small problem in the facility that can potentially be solved easily (e.g. appointment system, space use for safety, staff safety, etc.)

Communicate the above tactfully and professionally with the supervisor and if agreed, offer suggestions for solving it or actually solving it

Compare/contrast a variety of professional certifications the staff hold that are relevant to ES major

Describe all health care professionals’ roles and contributions in the rehabilitation process at this particular facility (e.g. Hospitalist and all other specialized MDs, , RN, Social Worker, Case Manager, PT, OT, Speech Language Pathologist, Respiratory Therapist, Registered Dietitians, Wound care specialist, Patient Advocate, translators, hospital volunteers, etc.)

Occupational Therapy

Identify the most common (top 10) clinical diagnoses that their clients are referred to PT

Recognize the most common (top 10) PT procedures that are observed at the facility

Describe the most common (top 10) surgical procedures that you encounter at the facility

List all the precautions (mainly exercise precautions) for the above common clinical diagnoses/surgical procedures

Identify the basic functions of the wheelchair and operate/assist safely

Describe all the tools and equipment that are used in the OT session (e.g. splint, fluidotherapy, a variety of adaptive technology and tools)

Analyze the psychology associates with physical training (e.g. dependency, addiction, helplessness, self-efficacy, goal setting, presence, placebo, nocebo, etc.)

Identify cognitive rehab methods observed

Describe how transfer training be instructed

Offer a 30-45 min. inservice (staff development) at the facility

Assist in developing/designing a staff profile chart or a webpage

Identify a small problem in the facility that can potentially be solved easily (e.g. appointment system, space use for safety, staff safety, etc.)

Communicate the above tactfully and professionally with the supervisor and if agreed, offer suggestions for solving it or actually solving it

Compare/contrast a variety of professional certifications the staff hold that are relevant to ES major

Analyze OT’s unique contribution to the field of rehabilitation

Propose how ES major can be an effective pre-OT candidate

Speech Language Pathology

Observe swallowing study, such as video fluoroscopic swallowing exam (VFSE) or modified barium study (MBS) conducted by SLP

Identify top 10 clinical diagnoses of those who are referred to SLP

Describe SLP’s practice and practice settings as a healthcare professional

Describe a vareity of SLP treatment approaches, such as oral muscle strengthening/coordination, accent reduction, and other speech-related rehabilitation

Registered Dieticians (RD) or Nutritionists

Identify publicly available resources for nutritional content analysis as well as client/patient education

Observe how RD or nutritionist work throughout the day

Describe the basic qualifications to become RD (or nutritionist) and their continuing education requirement

List top 10 nutrition certificate programs the supervisor trust and respect

Describe the major dietary theories and their advantages and disadvantages

List contraindications and precautions of certain food/herbs for a specific disease or health condition (e.g. blood thinning medication and Vitamin K intake or Vitamin E, fish oil, garlic, etc.)

Propose how ES major can be an excellent pre-RD candidate  

Residential Facilities (Nursing Home, Assisted Living, 55 and Older Community. etc.)

Describe the emergency protocols of the facility

Describe the policies and procedures of the facility

Describe what types of professionals work in the facility in what capacity

Observe the turnover rate if such data is available and explore factors associated with

Offer a 30-45 min. inservice (staff development) at the facility

Communicate with all staff professionally and effectively

Treat all clients/patients with respect and dignity (e.g. address each with their preferred name, etc.)

Identify sensory and motor function loss associated with aging or diseases (e.g. low vision, heard of hearing, hearing aid use, inability to reach shoes/socks, etc.)

Describe good and not-so-great communication that are observed in the facility

Describe the role of family and social network in their quality of life

Faculty Internship Coordinators

If You Need Any Help, Please Contact Us

Dr. Michael Wortley

Assistant Professor
Exercise Science & Wellness
Wellness Center 529 
Email: mwortley@georgian.edu
TEL: 7329872475


Dr. Vincent Chen

Assistant Professor
Exercise Science & Wellness
Wellness Center 529
Email: vchen@georgian.edu
TEL: 7329872494