Exercise Physiology

Clinical Practicum Requirements

 

A student wishing to apply to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist must complete 500 hours of practicum in the following areas:

a. At least 140 hours with apparently healthy clients
b. At least 140 hours with cardiopulmonary/metabolic clients
c. At least 140 hours with musculoskeletal/neurological/neuromuscular clients

Up to 80 hours of other clinical health delivery activities or up to 80 additional hours in the areas in b and/or c

(For more information refer to page 23 of the Exercise & Sports Science Australia 2013 Application Guide)

 

Supervising a Exercise Physiology Clinical Placement

 

Practicum supervisors must be suitably qualified to supervise students working with apparently healthy and clinical clientele.


Who can supervise the 140 hours with apparently healthy clientele?

• An accredited exercise physiologist (AEP)
• An ESSA exercise science member (ES)
• A degree qualified exercise and sports science professional
• A personal trainer with a Certificate IV in Fitness with a minimum of 10 years industry experience
• A degree qualified physical education teacher
• A bachelor degree qualified-trained allied health professional with experience in exercise delivery (e.g. physiotherapist)
• A state, national and international level sports coach
• An Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) level 2 or 3 coach

Who can supervise the 360 hours of clinical clientele?

• An accredited exercise physiologist (AEP)
• An ESSA exercise science member (ES)
• A degree qualified exercise physiologist
• A degree qualified/trained allied health professional with experience in exercise delivery (e.g. physiotherapist, cardiac care nurse, occupational therapist, doctor, clinical nurse consultant, osteopath)

(For more information refer to page 26 of the Exercise & Sports Science Australia 2013 Application Guide )

Also refer to the Preparing for and Managing Clinical Placements and Core Clinical Education Skills sections of this website.

 

Profession Specific Communication Resource

Supervisors may find the following video resource beneficial at the beginning or during a placement as an introduction to Appropriate Student-Client Communication.

 

Assessing a Clinical Placement

 

Currently, there is not a common evaluation of placement document/tool by which all Exercise Physiology students are to be evaluated. As such, each university will provide the clinical supervisor and site with their preferred document/tool.

The current Griffith University Placement Assessment document is included as an example of a clinical placement evaluation document.

Also refer to the Assessment of Students section of this website.


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Exercise & Sports Science Australia 2013 Application Guide

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Sample Clinical Placement Student Assessment (Griffith University)

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